Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Can’t Catch Yale with Late Flurry

Ardrey's four goals doubled his previous career high (Gil Talbot photo).
Ardrey's four goals doubled his previous career high (Gil Talbot photo).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Goals by Ian Ardrey and Jack Walker in the final two minutes of Saturday afternoon's season finale against Yale were not enough for the Harvard men's lacrosse team to catch rival Yale and a berth in the Ivy League tournament.

The Bulldogs (9-4, 4-2 Ivy League) held on for an 11-10 victory on Senior Day at Harvard Stadium after breaking a halftime tie with four straight goals. Ardrey and Yale's Kirby Zdrill each scored four times, and the Crimson's Peter Schwartz added a hat trick.

A win against Yale, which had already clinched an Ivy Tournament bid, would have landed Harvard (6-8, 2-4) the No. 3 seed in the event. The Bulldogs will join league-champion Cornell, Princeton and Penn in the tournament. Final seeding hinges on Saturday's late-afternoon tilt between the Big Red and Tigers in East Rutherford, N.J.

Yale's third-quarter run and four man-up goals proved to be the difference. Neither team scored until the 8:30 mark of the period, but Sam Shakespeare's tally was the first of four for the Bulldogs in less than three minutes.

Alex White halted the spurt and Ardrey got Harvard with two scores, but Conrad Oberbeck pushed the Yale lead back to 10-7 heading into the final period by scoring with four seconds left of the third-quarter clock.

The Crimson comeback effort made no headway for eight minutes, until Carl Zimmerman set up Ardrey at the 6:48 mark. Zdrill then tallied at 3:08 to make it 11-8 and make the Bulldogs 4 for 6 with the extra man.

Ardrey scored with two minutes left, and White assisted Walker with 37 seconds remaining. Rick Mole won the ensuing faceoff for Harvard—his 18th win in 23 draws—and a holding call gave the Crimson its only man-up chance of the day. However, Yale goalie Eric Natale made saves on Henry Mumford and Murphy Vandervelde in the final half-minute to hold off Harvard.

Natale finished with six saves, while Harry Krieger made eight for the Crimson. Harvard held advantages of 28-26 in shots and 27-26 in ground balls, led by Ardrey's seven shots and Gabriel Mendoza's eight ground balls.

Schwartz got the Crimson off to a hot start with two goals in the game's first five minutes and later gave Harvard a 4-2 edge early in the second quarter. Yale rallied with three straight goals, but Ardrey tied the score less than three minutes before halftime.

White totaled two goals and an assist. Zimmerman logged two helpers, while Walker and Devin Dwyer added one each.