April 25, 2009
BOSTON, Mass. - Matt Gibson, Gregory Mahony and Michael Karwoski each scored twice but the Yale men's lacrosse team couldn't hold off No. 17 Harvard at the other end of the field in a 13-8 Crimson victory at Harvard Stadium.
The Crimson (7-5, 2-3) broke open a 5-4 game early in the third quarter with three consecutive goals. Jeff Cohen led the home team with five goals, while six other Harvard players hit the net. Joe Pike stopped 11 shots to earn the win in goal.
Brendan Gibson and Brian Douglass had the other Yale goals. Matt Miller chipped in with an assist. Jonathan Falcone made 12 saves in the Elis' last Ivy League game of 2009 and the team's last road contest.
Matt Gibson's goal at 10:34 of the first period evened the score at 1-1, and nobody found the net for nearly the next seven minutes. That's when Karwoski gave the visitors their only lead of the day. The Crimson scored three straight in the second quarter, including two by Cohen, and managed to hold on from there.
Second period tallies by Brendan and Matt Gibson pulled the Elis (5-7, 1-5) to within one of Harvard each time, but the Crimson answered both scores and began to pull away for good.
Today, the Blue did not get the kind of success it has become accustomed to on faceoffs this spring. Kevin Discepolo, who has been among the top 15 in the nation all season, won just eight of 23 draws and Yale's possession time suffered. Andrew Parchman had 14 of the faceoff wins for the Cantabs.
The Bulldogs close out the 2009 season with a 1 pm game against No. 11 Maryland at Reese Stadium next Saturday.
Recap filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director