James M. Acer
Coming off of a strong performance against No. 18 Penn last Saturday, the Harvard men’s lacrosse team entered its Friday night matchup at No. 12/13 Princeton with a chance to solidify its place in the postseason Ivy League Tournament. The Tigers (8-4, 3-2 Ivy), however, had other plans, as they led the Crimson (6-7, 2-3) from start to finish en route to a 14-6 victory.
In one of the most hotly-contested Ivy League battles of the 2013 season, the Harvard men’s lacrosse team was ultimately forced to watch as No. 2 Cornell stormed the field of Harvard Stadium after mounting a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback to take down the Crimson, 14-12, on Saturday afternoon.
A shot at immediate redemption arrives on Saturday night for the Harvard men’s lacrosse team. After a disappointing 16-7 loss to Albany on Tuesday night—the program’s worst defeat since 2011—the Crimson will face off against No. 10/12 Duke at 7 p.m. at Soldiers Field Stadium.
The scene was set for a decisive fourth frame on Saturday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. After trading blows for three quarters, the Harvard men's lacrosse team entered the game’s final 15 minutes clinging to a 7-6 lead over Georgetown. And as it had done all game long, the Crimson defense held strong. Ten minutes passed with no scoring from either side, until junior attackman Peter Schwartz fired a shot from straight-on to give his team a two-goal cushion. The Hoyas (2-2) had no answer in the waning minutes and Harvard (2-2) walked off with the 8-6 victory.
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It was a disappointing end to a season in which the Harvard men’s lacrosse team never gained the momentum it had hoped for.
Few Harvard athletic careers culminate with the accolades enjoyed in the past season by the men’s lacrosse team’s Jeff Cohen.
But in a game in which no team ever led by more than two goals, the Bulldogs pulled out the win, dropping Harvard, 10-8, and sending it home until next year.
The next eight days will determine the postseason fate of the Harvard men’s lacrosse team.
The Harvard men’s lacrosse team certainly wasn’t without its opportunities to get a win on Saturday afternoon.
The Harvard men’s lacrosse team surrendered the first goal of its Tuesday evening game at Harvard Stadium, but it wouldn’t make many mistakes from there.
Harvard dropped its first Ivy League contest of the season on Saturday, falling at Cornell.
The senior netted a goal late in the first quarter but was shut out until the fourth, when his three goals in five minutes swung the game’s momentum.