No. 19/20 Yale Holds Off Harvard Men’s Lacrosse in Season Finale, 10-8

No. 19/20 Yale Holds Off Harvard Men’s Lacrosse in Season Finale, 10-8

Jeff Cohen led Harvard with 48 goals this spring (Gil Talbot).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Jeff Cohen earned his 10th hat trick of the season, while Kevin Vaughan and Will Walker each scored two goals, but the Harvard men's lacrosse fell in the season finale at No. 19/20 Yale, 10-8, Saturday afternoon. The loss to the Bulldogs, combined with Brown's win over Dartmouth later Saturday, eliminated the Crimson from postseason contention.

Harvard finishes the season 6-8 overall and 2-4 in the Ivy League, while Yale improves to 9-4 and 4-2 in the Ancient Eight.

Cohen, who established a Harvard program record with 142 career goals and stands tied for sixth with 167 career points, tallied 48 goals this spring, which ranks seventh for a single season in the Crimson record books.

Vaughan broke a scoreless tie with a shot at 7:06 of the first, giving Harvard a 1-0 edge midway through the opening frame, but the Bulldogs found the back of the net twice later in the stanza to lead 2-1. At the 13:24 in the second, Vaughan notched his second goal, knotting the contest, 2-2.

Just moments later, Daniel Eipp sent a pass to Will Walker, who finished in front of the Yale net with a score at 12:50, putting the Crimson ahead, 3-2. Just 10 second following Walker's goal, Keegan Michel won the ensuing faceoff and scored an unassisted goal, making it 4-2 in favor of Harvard, as the Crimson scored three times in only 44 seconds.

With 5:23 remaining in the half, Walker grabbed a loose ball in front of the Yale goal and fired for a score, upping Harvard's lead to 5-3. Yale managed to score two more times in the half to tie the game, 5-5, and the contest remained knotted heading into the locker room. At the break, Yale owned an edge in shots, 20-16, ground balls, 14-13, and faceoffs won, 8-4.

In the third, the Bulldogs struck first with a goal by Deron Dempster at 14:13, but Cohen tied the game, 6-6, at the 6:23 mark. Cohen scored again at 4:49, giving the Crimson a 7-6 advantage. After Yale went back ahead, 8-7, at 14:30 of the fourth, the Bulldogs tacked on another score at 13:39, taking a 9-7 lead.

Cohen capped his hat trick with an unassisted score at 11:18, pulling the Crimson back within one, 9-8. With 1:14 left, the Bulldogs went ahead by two, 10-8, as Yale held on for the win.

Yale held an edge in shots, 37-35, ground balls, 30-26, and faceoff victories, 17-5, for the contest, while holding Harvard 0-of-4 on man-up opportunities. Crimson goalie Harry Krieger finished with nine saves, while Yale netminder Jack Meyer recorded 12 stops.

Krieger paced Harvard with five ground balls, while Eipp and Stephen Jahelka collected three ground balls apiece. Jahelka, Eric Slingerland and Jack Breit caused two turnovers each in the contest.