After dropping two straight games last week, the Harvard men's lacrosse team traveled to Brown yesterday afternoon in search of a win and a much-needed ego boost.
By the end of the afternoon, the No. 15 Crimson (6-2, 2-1 Ivy) had found both, handing the No. 14 Bears (4-5, 1-2 Ivy) a 10-7 loss and obliterating the memories of last week's mediocre performances.
"We're now much more confident than before," said junior midfielder Geoff Watson. "It's all a psychological game, and before [yesterday], we had felt at times that we were letting other people down, but now we've proven to ourselves that we can go out there and play hard every game."
Watson and freshman Matt Primm led the Harvard attack with three goals apiece, and senior Lawson DeVries tacked on two goals and two assists on the afternoon. Senior goalkeeper Keith Cynar continued to anchor the Crimson defense this season, recording 21 saves against the Bears.
Junior Michael Monfett spearheaded the Brown offense with two goals against Harvard.
After suffering a disappointing 12-7 loss to Cornell last Saturday and falling to No.5 Duke by the score of 14-8 earlier in the week, Harvard was determined to bounce back against league rival Brown in order to prove its potential as a serious contender for the Ivy crown.
"We definitely made changes offensively against Brown," Primm said. "We had been relying too much on our defense, and we decided that we needed to try to possess the ball more and take the pressure off our defense."
After a slow start, the Crimson offense soon lit up Stevenson Field. With the Bears leading 1-0, sophomore midfielder Roger Buttles tied the score with an unassisted goal at the 10:37 mark of the first quarter. After another Brown goal, Primm scored his first goal of the afternoon at the start of the second period.