PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard kept within striking distance the entire game, but could not climb out of an early hole in falling at Princeton, 19-15, Saturday afternoon at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.
The Crimson (5-7; 1-4 Ivy League) stayed close on the scoreboard as a result of Kyle Anderson's record day. The junior had six goals and eight points, and was aided by hat tricks from sophomore Myles Hamm and first-year Austin Madronic.
Anderson (1) and Madronic (2) combined for three goals in the first quarter with Jeremy Magno providing a fourth as Harvard finished the first 15 minutes trailing, 7-4.
The second quarter featured a high-powered attack from both teams as they teamed to score six goals apiece. During the run of play, Harvard closed to within one after Anderson and Larsen Bidstrup found the back of the net to open the frame. Anderson wound up scoring four times in the second quarter with Madronic securing his hat trick as the game moved to halftime with Harvard down, 13-10.
Both squads continued to match each other once the action resumed. Princeton (7-6; 2-3 Ivy League) tallied the first two goals only to have Hamm answer with a pair of his own. The Tigers' Michael Sowers scored the hosts' 16th goal of the afternoon with Hamm notching his third of the day with 59 seconds left in the frame to bring the Crimson to within three goals at 16-13.
Princeton scored 45 seconds into the fourth, but Magno and Anderson gave the Crimson life with single tallies as Harvard closed the gap, 17-15, with 11:05 left to play. The Crimson offense, however, was stymied and unable to get any closer. The Tigers, meanwhile, added two additional goals in the final 9-plus minutes and were content to run out the shot clock on a handful of possessions down the stretch to prevent a Harvard rally.
- Anderson tied a career high with eight points, a mark he originally set vs. Boston University last season on March 20, 2018. He also added four ground balls, which was one shy of a personal best.
- Madronic posted his third hat trick of the season. His three goals tied a personal record and his five points were one short of his career best. He, however, collected a career-high five ground balls.
- Hamm supplied Harvard with his fourth career hat trick, all of which have come this season.
- Steven Cuccurullo tied his season high with 10 ground balls.
- Watson Cheek had a career-high two assists.
The Crimson returns to action on Saturday, April 27, when it plays host to Yale in its regular-season finale. Game time at Harvard Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m., with the game airing on NESNplus.