After recent losses to Princeton and UMass, the Harvard men's lacrosse team looked to this weekend's Yale game as a chance to pull itself out of a mid-year slump that was slowly creeping into the season's final third.
But in the rain, the Crimson continued to slide.
No. 13 Harvard (6-5, 3-3 Ivy) fell to the unranked Bulldogs (8-4, 3-3) 14-5 on Saturday, and with only two games remaining, the Crimson's postseason prospects are up in the air.
"We beat them on ground balls--the first time we'd done that in a few games--so the loss was not a complete break down of any sort," freshman attackman Matt Primm said. "We were playing hard, but everything seemed to be going their way. We just didn't seem to move the ball that well and get through all the passes we needed to get the shots."
The Crimson started slowly in New Haven, getting only three shots in the initial frame to Yale's nine.
Sophomore midfielder Mike Baly scored first for the Crimson at 3:13 in the first period, but by that time Yale had three goals on the board and would register two more by the end of the frame to make it 5-1.
Harvard's second goal from senior attackman Lawson DeVries with 27 seconds left in the half made the score 9-2 in favor of the Bulldogs, as Harvard had dug itself into a first-half hole for the second straight time in Ivy League play.
As happened against the Princeton, when the Crimson went on to lose 12-6, Harvard could not pull itself out of its offensive slump to fight back in the second half and give the Bulldogs something of a game.
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