WORCESTER, Mass. – Continuing its season-opening three-game road stretch, the Harvard men's lacrosse team (1-1) fell just short to Holy Cross (4-1), 9-8, this evening at Kuzniewski Field.
Harvard dominated offensively in the opening quarter, racing to a 4-0 lead to start the game off of goals from Kyle Anderson, Ryan Graff, Austin Madronic and Frankie Tangredi. Holy Cross responded with two goals to close out the first quarter. The Crusaders came out of the break strong, adding four more goals to their tally to take a 6-4 lead into halftime.
The Crimson and Crusaders engaged in a defensive battle in the third quarter. Harvard tallied the only score of the quarter when Kyle Salvatore broke through in the middle of the frame to bring the Crimson within one at 6-5. The Crusader's offensive pressure continued to kick off the fourth quarter with three quick goals to increase its lead to four at 9-5.
Harvard found momentum again as Salvatore provided a spark to its attack when he fired in his second goal of the game, before Anderson found the back of the net for his second tally to cut the Crimson's deficit to two at 9-7. With under two minutes remaining in regulation, Steven Cuccurullo won a critical face-off possession that led to Graff's second goal of the night and brought Harvard within one at 9-8. Despite back-to-back face-off wins from Cuccurullo, the Crusader's strong defense held the Crimson off for the remainder of the game to seal the victory.
- Kyle Mullin posted 19 saves in net for the Crimson.
- Kyle Anderson, Ryan Graff and Kyle Salvatore each recorded two goals in tonight's contest.
- Frankie Tangredi tallied a team-high three ground balls.
- David Strupp registered three caused turnovers.
Harvard will conclude its three-game road stretch at Albany this Saturday, Feb. 29 at 1 p.m.