Men's Lacrosse Falls to Penn, 14-13

Ian Ardrey recorded five points (3g, 2a) Saturday afternoon (Ashford).

PHILADELPHIA – The Harvard men's lacrosse team (6-6, 2-2 Ivy League) fell to Penn (6-5, 3-2 Ivy League) in the final seconds of the game Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field, 14-13. Reilly Hupfeldt netted what would stand as the game-winning goal for the Quakers with just 15 seconds remaining.

Devin Dwyer tied the game at 13-13 when he notched his fourth goal of the day with 1:12 to go in the fourth quarter. However, Penn was able to win the ensuing faceoff and hold for the last shot with which Hupfeldt sealed the victory.

Morgan Cheek (3g, 3a) led the Crimson scoring attack with six points. Dwyer (4g, 1a) and Ian Ardrey (3g, 2a) added five points apiece while Joe Lang recorded two goals and two assists and Sean Mahon added one goal and one helper.

Robert Shaw took the loss in goal, making 12 saves and picking up two ground balls. He was assisted in the defensive third by Walker Kirby, who collected a team-high four ground balls and caused one turnover. 

Ian Ardrey opened the scoring for the Crimson at 11:25 in the first quarter, and was followed up by Joe Lang, who notched a goal at 9:43 that put the Crimson out to an early 2-0 lead. The Quakers responded with four straight goals to take a 4-2 lead. Cheek netted the final goal of the first quarter to bring Harvard within one. Penn outscored the Crimson 2-1 in the second quarter to give the Quakers a 6-4 lead at the break.

Dwyer was the first to find the back of the net with 10:21 left in the third quarter, starting a run of five straight Harvard goals which put the Crimson back on top, 9-6. Penn responded quickly with a run of their own, scoring two goals in the final 1:23 of the third quarter, and the first four goals of the fourth quarter, to retake the lead 12-9.

Harvard refused to break, battling back once again with three goals of their own, as Ardrey brought the game to a 12-12 tie with 4:52 remaining. Connor Keating scored to put the Quakers up one, but Dwyer came through once again for the Crimson, bringing the game to its fifth tie with 1:12 left in the fourth, 13-13. An important faceoff victory for Penn made way for Hupfeldt's late heroics.

The Crimson will be back in action when it returns to Cambridge for its final home game of the season versus Princeton on Saturday, April 23 at 12 p.m.

Game Notes: Devin Dwyer registered five points (4g, 1a) to extend his point-scoring streak to 45 games, the fifth-longest streak in the nation … Devin Dwyer has registered a career-high 59 points (34g, 25a) this season and ranks fourth in Harvard history with 198 career points (82g, 116) … Devin Dwyer is now ranked 10th in the Ivy League's all-time top-10 in assists and moved into third in Harvard history …  Robert Shaw recorded 12 saves in goal, his ninth double-digit save performance of the year … Morgan Cheek registered three goals and three assists to extend his goal-scoring streak to 14 games … Devin Dwyer scored his seventh hat trick of the year, 11th of his career … Morgan Cheek recorded his third hat trick of the season, fourth of his career … Ian Ardrey recorded his first hat trick of the year, fifth of his career … The Crimson had three players record at least five points for the first time this season.