Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Comeback Bid Falls Short at Penn, 13-11

Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Comeback Bid Falls Short at Penn, 13-11

Kevin Vaughan and the Crimson will host Princeton on Senior Day April 21 (Gil Talbot).

PHILADELPHIA – Kevin Vaughan scored two goals, dished out an assist and collected five ground balls, while Jeff Cohen amassed five points with a hat trick and two assists, but the Harvard men's lacrosse team dropped a road conference game at Penn by a score of 13-11 Saturday afternoon.

Will Walker also added two goals for the Crimson, which falls to 6-6 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League. Goalie Jake Gambitsky finished with eight saves, while Keegan Michel won nine faceoffs for Harvard. Brian Feeney stopped 13 shots, and Anthony Adler and John Conneely contributed three goals apiece for Penn, which moves to 2-8 overall and 1-4 in the Ancient Eight.

Up next, the Crimson will host Princeton in the final home game of the regular season Saturday at 1 p.m. Prior to the game, Harvard will hold a Senior Day ceremony.

Cohen got the Crimson on the scoreboard with an unassisted tally to the right of the net at 9:50, tying the game, 1-1. Harvard added two more goals, as Cohen found the back of the net again at 7:22, and Daniel Eipp fired for a score on the break at 6:35, as the Crimson extended its advantage to 3-1. At 5:42, Cohen found Vaughan for a man-up goal, as Harvard opened up a 4-1 lead in the opening quarter.

The Crimson scored again on the transition with 1:58 in the first stanza, as Jack Breit handed out a pass to Will Walker for a tally, making it a 5-3 game in favor of Harvard. The Quakers evened the game, 5-5, with two tallies late in the second quarter, as the contest headed into the intermission tied.

After Harvard won the opening faceoff in the third, Breit fired for a goal only 35 seconds into the frame, putting the Crimson back on top, 6-5. At the 13:03 mark, Andrew Pataki broke a 6-6 tie with a shot into the top right corner of the net, as Harvard reclaimed the lead, 7-6. Penn responded with a 4-0 run to move ahead, 10-7, but Cohen sent a pass to Will Walker for a Harvard goal with 4:51 remaining in the third to get back within two goals.

With one second left in the third, Cohen fired for his third goal of the game, coming off a quick clear down the field for the Crimson, cutting the deficit to just one goal, 10-9. The Quakers tacked on two more goals to go by up three, 12-9, but Harvard got back within two scores with a tally by Will Walker off a pass by Vaughan with 2:51 to go.

Vaughan capped Harvard's scoring with a goal with six seconds left, making it 13-11, as the Crimson could not close the gap.

Penn outshot Harvard, 48-41, and owned an edge in ground balls, 31-26, and faceoffs, 15-11. The Crimson was a perfect 15-of-15 on clear attempts, while the Quakers went 12-of-13.