Men’s Lacrosse Drops 13-8 Decision at No. 19 BU

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard men's lacrosse team fell to Boston University, 13-8, Tuesday night at Nickerson Field despite two goals apiece from juniors Carney Mahon and J.T. Palladino.

Robert Shaw made 14 saves as the Crimson moves to 4-3 on the year. Harvard was outshot 44-22, and outpaced at the faceoff X, 18-7.

The Terriers (8-1) were led by four goals from James Burr and seven points from Cal Dearth. John MacLean added three goals and one assist.  

Harvard started the scoring off, as Mahon ripped a shot past the BU netminder 90 seconds into the game. BU posted three-unanswered to end the quarter, taking a 3-1 lead into the second quarter.

Palladino picked up a loose ball in front of the net, kicking off the second stanza by pulling the Crimson within one, 3-2, at the 13:52 mark. The Terriers knocked in two-straight, before Palladino struck again with dodge from X.

The two teams traded goals over the next three minutes – including a rocket from Joe Lang off a dish from Connor McCroskey – as the Terriers took a 7-4 advantage into the locker room.

Neither team could find its footing over the first five minutes before two-straight goals brought the Crimson within one, 7-6, at the 8:16 mark. Shaw made two door-stop saves before the Terriers earned some breathing room with two-straight scores.  

BU's Jack Wilson opened the fourth-quarter scoring with a wrap-around cut from behind the net and BU scored three of the next four to hold a 12-7 advantage with 3:17 to play. Junior attack Morgan Cheek put one away with 2:35 remaining, but the Terriers answered to secure the win.

The Crimson returns to Ivy League action, taking on Dartmouth Saturday, March 25 at 4 p.m. in Hanover, New Hampshire. 

Game Notes: Joe Lang extended his point-scoring streak to 24 games. Morgan Cheek extended his point-scoring streak to 25 games. Cheek extends his goal streak to 10 games. Robert Shaw made double-digit saves for the 17th time in his career.