CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite four points apiece from junior attack Morgan Cheek and junior midfielder Tim Edmonds, the Harvard men's lacrosse team (5-4) dropped a 15-13 decision to No. 8 UAlbany Wednesday night at Harvard Stadium.
Harvard struggled to gain possession, winning just 6-of-32 from the face-off X, including a 0-of-5 showing over the final 15 minutes.
Nine Albany players earned a point, as Justin Reh paced the Great Danes (7-1) with five points on two goals and three assists. TD Irelan won 26-of-32 facing off.
Harvard limited the nation's leading scorer Connor Fields to just one goal and two assists on five shots.
UAlbany set the tone early, scoring just 19 seconds into the contest before Cheek evened the ledger at 1-1 with an unassisted tally. The Great Danes scored two-straight before Harvard answered with four of the next five – including two from Edmonds – over six minutes to take its first lead of the game, 5-4, at the 3:09 mark. UAlbany scored two-unanswered to end the quarter and hold a 6-5 advantage after 15 minutes.
Cheek knotted the game, 6-6, five minutes into the second quarter with a spin move from 15 yards out to free himself. Irelan posted a goal off a face-off win before the Crimson ripped off consecutive scores to take an 8-7 lead. The Great Danes scored three times over 23 seconds before the end of the half to go into the break ahead, 10-8.
The two teams traded goals throughout the third quarter, as each time the Crimson pulled within one, the Great Danes responded with a score of their own.
UAlbany took its largest lead of the game, 14-11, at the 10:15 mark of the fourth quarter. Cheek found a cutting Connor McCroskey and Joe Lang sniped a shot to the top corner to pull Harvard within one, 14-13, with five minutes to play. The Great Danes were not deterred, scoring 80 seconds later to push back out two and hold on for a 15-13 win.
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Game Notes: Joe Lang extended his point-scoring streak to 26 games. Morgan Cheek extended his point-scoring streak to 27 games. Cheek extends his goal streak to 12 games. Cheek has had a hat trick in seven games this year. Harvard moves to 13-3 over the last two years when scoring 10-plus. Robert Shaw made double-figure saves for the 18th time in his career. The 15 goals allowed marked the most since facing Albany in 2015.