ITHACA, N.Y. – Dropping its first contest in Ivy League play, No. RV/19 Harvard men's lacrosse fell on the road to No. 13/10 Cornell, 15-11, on Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field.
Senior Morgan Cheek led the Crimson with five points, on two goals and three assists, while classmate Carney Mahon netted his first-career hat trick with three goals. Senior Robert Shaw tallied double-digit stops for the ninth time this season, making 11 saves.
The Crimson (7-3, 2-1 Ivy) struck first with a goal from Morgan Cheek, but the Big Red (7-3, 3-1 Ivy) responded with four-straight scores to take a 4-1 lead. Undeterred, Watson Cheek, Myles Hamm and Mahon scored to level the score at 4-4 with 7:11 to play in the second quarter. The score from Hamm was the first of his career.
Cornell added the first four tallies of the second half, but Mahon stopped the stretch of Big Red goals with one of his own with just under 11 minutes to play in regulation. He completed his hat trick later in the frame with a man-up goal, while sophomore Kyle Anderson scored two in the final frame, including one man-up. Harvard scored the final two goals of the game, but the comeback attempt ran out of time.
- Carney Mahon tallied his first-career hat trick, extending his point streak to 12 games.
- Morgan Cheek poured in five points for the sixth time this season, pushing his goal streak to 41 games.
- Harvard also got goals from Robert Mencke, Kyle Anderson, Beau Bayh, Myles Hamm and Watson Cheek.
- Harvard went 5-for-7 on the man-up, which was its most extra-man goals since March 24, 2012 vs. Dartmouth.
- The Crimson drops to 26-66 in the all-time series with Cornell.
- Harvard fell for the first time this season when recording double-digit goals, and is now 7-1 when scoring at least 10 times.
Harvard concludes its road stretch at Penn on Saturday, April 14 at 3 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.