Posted: Mar 11, 2017
Robert Shaw recorded 10 saves in the contest (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite a seven-goal comeback in the fourth quarter, Harvard men's lacrosse's rally was cut short, as No. 3 Penn State (7-0, 0-0 Big Ten) powered past the Crimson (4-1, 0-0 Ivy League), 15-12.
JT Palladino returned to the field for the first time this season, recording his first career hat trick and two assists, good for five points. Morgan Cheek netted a pair of goals and added one assist, extending his point streak to 23 games. Carney Mahon also registered two goals for the Crimson.
Harvard got onto the board first early in the first quarter, when Peter Blynn snapped one in from the right side of the circle at 11:40. Penn State would respond immediately, netting one in 42 seconds later. In the next two minutes, the Nittany Lions scored one to bring the score up 2-1 with 8:23 to go in the first quarter.
Carney Mahon picked up his first goal of the game with 5:55 on the clock in the first quarter, after a quick pass from Time Edmonds to tie the game at 2-2. PSU responded less than 30 seconds later with a man up goal from Grant Ament. With eight seconds on the clock, Spencer Evans checked into the game and scored his first goal for the season with a slick pass from Morgan Cheek. Harvard and Penn State ended the first quarter tied at 3.
The second stanza started off with a long snapper from Edmonds, who found an opening on the right side of net. Penn State would not let the Crimson lead for more than one minute, scoring two goals in 20 seconds to bring the score up 5-4 at the 12-minute mark. The next 20 minutes would remain scoreless for both teams, despite seven shots from the Crimson.
Harvard would end the 20-minute scoreless stretch when Palladino recorded his first of the game with 7:47 remaining, tying the score at 5-5. Penn State would not let the Crimson lead stand though, recording two goals in less than one minute to bring the score up 7-5 with 6:38 remaining. The Nittany Lions netted two more in the third period, ending the third stanza leading by four, 9-5.
Harvard came back strong in the fourth quarter, when Beau Botkiss caused a turnover for the Nittany Lions, giving Harvard the opportunity to sprint down the field and score. Mahon notched his second goal of the game 41 seconds into the fourth quarter to bring the Crimson within three, 6-9. Penn State responded one minute later to bring the score up to 10-6. Harvard forced a turnover at the 12:53 mark, advancing down to the offensive zone. Palladino notched his second goal of the contest off a rebound from Sean Coleman at 12:10. Just two minutes later, Palladino was checked from the left-hand side, but was able to net his third goal of the game and first career hat trick while falling towards the net.
The Crimson continued on a 4-0 run, when Peter Blynn notched his second goal of the game with eight minutes to play, bringing the Crimson within one of Penn State, 10-9. The Nittany Lions responded with four goals in 43 seconds, to increase their lead to, 13-9. Penn State scored again at the 4:29 mark to bring the score to 14-9. Morgan Cheek stepped up for the Crimson offense, notching one with 50 seconds on the clock form Palladino. Just 24 seconds later, Cheek scored again while up a man with 26 seconds remaining to bring the score to 14-11. Penn State closed out the contest with one goal at the nine second mark to make the final score 15-12.
Harvard will face Brown on March 18 at 12 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
For a full archive of today's game against Penn State, please see the Ivy League Digital Network.