Heading into the 2018 season, the Harvard men’s lacrosse team returns the bulk of its squad from last year, having graduated only five seniors. With a mix of strong leadership and talented underclassmen, the Crimson hopes to secure its first winning record since 2014.
Both matchups came down to the wire, and whereas strong defensive play over the weekend helped Harvard (1-1, 0-0 Ivy) close out a 10-9 win over the River Hawks (1-1, 0-0 America East), a defensive slip on Tuesday night proved costly in a 10-9 (2OT) loss to the Crusaders (1-2, 0-0 Patriot). In splitting the contests, the Crimson will now enter its preparations for its first road game sitting at .500.
Sophomore midfielder James Sullivan strains as he battles for a faceoff in Saturday’s contest versus Yale. The Crimson hosted the Bulldogs, who had started the conference season 5-0 for the first time since 1957. But that streak came crashing to a halt at Harvard Stadium, as the Crimson clawed back from a four-goal deficit to steal the upset. The win gave the hosts their second league victory of 2017.
Down 7-3 to a Yale team that hadn't lost in conference play, men's lacrosse ripped off a second-half run to tie. The game-winner came with just under three minutes left.
After rattling off four-consecutive victories to start the season, Harvard’s second-straight postseason bid was firmly in the cards. On Saturday afternoon, No. 17 Princeton (9-4, 4-1 Ivy) officially dashed Harvard’s chances of securing an Ivy League Tournament berth. The Crimson (5-7, 1-4 Ivy) now sits in sixth place in the Ivy League, ahead of only Dartmouth.
Harvard lost steam in the fourth quarter, falling to Cornell 12-9 on Saturday afternoon.
On a chilly night at Harvard Stadium, the Harvard men’s lacrosse team narrowly suffered a 15-13 loss to No. 8 Albany. Having dropped four of its last five, the Crimson must rekindle its initial momentum, as the team chugs into the heart of its Ivy League schedule next weekend.