Three Hat Tricks Propel Men’s Lacrosse Past UAlbany, 13-12

Myles Hamm scored three goals in a home win over UAlbany (Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot).
Myles Hamm scored three goals in a home win over UAlbany (Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot).
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard received hat tricks Kyle Anderson, Myles Hamm and Jeremy Magno, and used a 4-0 third-quarter run to defeat visiting UAlbany, 13-12, Wednesday night inside Harvard Stadium.

The Crimson pocketed its season-best third straight win and improved to 5-1 over its last six games in the process. Harvard (5-4), which went into halftime tied at 5-5, let up a goal to open the third period, but answered with four unanswered strikes from four different players.

Magno was the first Crimson player to record a hat trick when he leveled the score at 6-all with 12:20 left in the third. The junior was followed by Hamm, who was just getting his night started, with his first of the evening. Then 20 seconds later, Hamm's sophomore classmate, Frankie Tandgredi, scored a long-pole goal to put Harvard ahead, 8-6. Anderson finished the run with his second of the night, pushing the hosts to a 9-6 lead.

The Crimson entered the fourth and final frame with a 9-7 advantage only to have Anderson triple the cushion with his third goal of the night. The Great Danes (3-5) closed to within two goals, at 11-9, with just over seven minutes to play, but Kyle Salvatore supplied Harvard with another three-goal edge 14 seconds after the clock hit 5:00.

The Crimson wound up needing every bit of that three-goal cushion as UAlbany scored twice in a 30-second span to make it a 12-11 Harvard lead. Hamm secured his hat trick with 1:52 left, giving the Crimson a bit of breathing room and the defense took it from there despite the Great Danes adding one more goal with six seconds left in regulation to provide the final margin.

Harvard Highlights

  • The Crimson defeated UAlbany for the first time in program history. Harvard had dropped the previous seven meetings.
  • Anderson posted his third hat trick of 2019, and the ninth of his career. Hamm and Magno each recorded their second of the season and career.
  • Anderson has logged at least one point in 21 straight games. During that span, he has 69 points (52 goals, 17 assists).
  • Magno has nine goals over his last three games. He scored twice at BU and four times at Dartmouth before his effort vs. the America East school.
  • Hamm has scored at least one goal in eight consecutive games and seven over his last three outings.
  • Kyle Mullin added another 13 saves to his Ivy League-leading total. The sophomore now has 143 stops.

Next Up

The Crimson will have the weekend off before returning to Harvard Stadium on Saturday, April 6, to play host to Cornell. The Ivy League game is scheduled for a noon start and will air on ESPN+.