M. Lacrosse Falls to Minutemen

It only gets easier for the Harvard men's lacrosse team.

After falling to No. 1 Princeton, 15-1, over the weekend, the Crimson lost to No. 4 UMass yesterday at Jordan Field, 11-5.

The Crimson (6-5, 1-3 Ivy) got three goals from sophomore attackman Matt Primm, but the Minutemen (10-0, 4-0 ECAC) jumped out to an early lead and maintained a cushion to record their tenth win of the season.


With the Yale game this weekend, the Crimson should be able to get some respite from top-five teams.

Both John Madigan and Chris Fiore had two goals and an assist for UMass, but the Crimson defense limited Rick Kunkel, the Minutemen's top scorer, to a single goal. Kunkel had six goals against Yale this weekend and has four hat tricks on the season.

The 10-0 run is the best start for the Minutemen since 1981, and it is the first time in 10 years that UMass has been able to sustain a winning streak into the double digits. Only Quinnipiac, with 12 straight wins, has a longer streak going.

Should the Minutemen win this weekend against No. 7 Georgetown, the team will make a strong bid for the No. 1 ranking. UMass was the only team besides Princeton to receive a vote for the top ranking in this week's STX/United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll.

The Minutemen jumped all over the Crimson in the first half, outshooting Harvard 17-10.

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