The Harvard men's lacrosse team (3-0) pulled out a nail biter yesterday, 8-7, over the Hobart Statesmen (1-2, 1-0 Patriot) at Jordan Field.
The Crimson, ranked 18th in the nation entering the game traded goals with Hobart throughout the contest before staving off a last second man-down situation to preserve the win.
"This game was great for us," Harvard Coach Scott Anderson said. "We needed a challenge and Hobart certainly gave one to us."
With 13 seconds remaining until halftime, Harvard freshman midfielder Jay Wich tied the score at 3 to give the Crimson a lift.
In the third quarter, Hobart senior attackman Jared Bebee found the back of the net with 10:11in a man-advantage situation.
Harvard senior attackman Lawson DeVries answered off of an assist from freshman Matt Primm two minutes later.
After Hobart committed a one-minute slashing penalty, Harvard couldn't manage to get anything going in its set offense, as it couldn't for most of the day, settling for a shot from the perimeter.
"Hobart has a very different defensive style than we are used to seeing," Anderson said. "We didn't adjust well to it and so we didn't generate anything out of our set offense all day."