No. 6 Princeton Falls to Harvard for First Time in 20 Years

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Kevin Vaughan tallied three goals and Dean Gibbons scored twice and added an assist, as the Harvard men's lacrosse team topped No. 6 Princeton by a score of 11-8 Saturday afternoon. Before 2,827 fans on Senior Day at Harvard Stadium, the Crimson used a 4-2 run in the second quarter to grab a 6-4 lead, which Harvard never relinquished in its first victory over the Tigers since 1990, a span of 19 straight games.

With the win, the Crimson remains alive for a spot in the Ivy League tournament, as Harvard improves to 6-5 overall and 2-3 in the Ancient Eight. Princeton drops to 9-3 overall and 4-1 in the Ivy League. Harvard carried a 2-1 lead into the second quarter, as Vaughan and Gibbons each found the back of the net in the opening stanza.

In the second, the Crimson went on a three-goal run, moving ahead 5-2, with 4:40 to play in the half. Jason Duboe started the run with a score at 6:26, followed by a tally by Andrew Pataki only 30 seconds later. Peter Schwartz capped the run with an unassisted goal at 4:40. After back-to-back goals by the Tigers, Terry White closed the second quarter with a goal after receiving a pass from Travis Burr with 16 seconds remaining.

The Crimson, which led, 6-4, at the break, held a 25-20 lead in shots and a 16-10 advantage in ground balls through two quarters of action.

In the second half, Jeff Cohen opened the scoring with a tally at 14:41 of the third quarter, while Dean Gibbons netted Harvard's lone man-up goal of the game at the 10:26 mark. With the Crimson owning an 8-5 advantage entering the final quarter, Princeton cut the lead to two as Scott MacKenzie fired a shot by Harvard goalkeeper Harry Krieger at 12:35.

At the 7:47 and 3:44 marks, Vaughan notched consecutive goals, giving the Crimson a four-goal cushion, 10-6. In the final minute of regulation, Evan Roth put the game out of reach, as he made it an 11-7 contest with only 35 seconds to go.

Princeton outshot Harvard, 25-12, in the second half to hold a 45-37 advantage for the game. The Crimson enjoyed a 31-25 edge in ground balls, while going 16 of 18 on clear attempts. Alex White collected a team-best eight ground balls and won 12 of 21 faceoffs. Krieger finished the game with 13 saves. The Crimson closes out the regular season in a crucial matchup at No. 11 Yale Saturday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m. Harvard needs to grab a win over its archrival to be in position to qualify for the Ivy League tournament.

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Cambridge, Mass. - What do you call the Princeton men's lacrosse team after its first loss to Harvard in 20 years? How about Ivy League champion? Or at least, Ivy co-champion.

Harry Krieger, who entered the game with a sub-.500 save percentage, made 13 saves while allowing seven goals and the Harvard defense swarmed over Princeton all day as the Crimson defeated the Tigers 11-8 in front of 2,827 at Harvard Stadium. It was Harvard's first win over Princeton since 1990. Princeton is now 9-3 overall, 4-1 in the league. Harvard is 6-5, 2-3.

Still, about 15 minutes later, Brown completed its 13-10 win over Cornell in Ithaca, a win that gave Princeton at least a share of the Ivy title, the 25th in program history and the 11th of this academic year for Princeton teams.

The two results also completely threw open the possibilities for the Ivy League tournament with just three league games to play, all next Saturday. Princeton will host Cornell, while Harvard is at Yale and Dartmouth is at Brown. As of now, all six of those teams are still in contention for Ivy League tournament spots, and only Princeton is assured of a berth.

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2010-04-24



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