Late Rally Not Enough for Men’s Lacrosse to Overcome Albany

Ryan Graff action photo
Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot

ALBANY, N.Y. – Despite a thrilling late second half rally, the Harvard men's lacrosse team (1-2) was edged by Albany (2-1), 15-14, this afternoon at John Fallon Field.

Jack Frisoli and Austin Madronic each recorded hat tricks for the Crimson against the Great Danes, while Bryn Evans and Ryan Graff each found the back of the net twice. Eight Crimson players scored in the game, as Myles Hamm, Jeremy Magno, Kyle Massimilian and Frankie Tangredi finished with a goal apiece. Nick Loring, Kyle Salvatore and Graff added two assists each.

Massimilian was dominant from the face-off X, going 15-for-17 on the day, and registering a team-high seven groundballs. Kyle Mullin recorded nine saves in net, while the Crimson won the groundball battle, 47-36, with an overall team effort over Albany.

Albany struck first with two quick goals to begin the game, before Evans chipped one in to get the Crimson on the board. The Great Danes scored one more to close the opening frame, and added a quick one at the start of quarter two to take a 4-1 lead. Less than 10 seconds later, Madronic found his first two goals of the day within one minute of each other to bring the score to 5-3. Albany would then go on a 4-0 run to push its advantage to six at 9-3.

The Crimson got back in the contest after Frisoli sparked a 4-1 run for Harvard. Frisoli and Madronic fired in back-to-back goals, followed by a man-up score from Hamm and Frisoli's second of the day within the last 20 seconds of the quarter to cut the Crimson's deficit to three at 10-7 headed into the half.

Harvard carried its momentum into the third quarter, allowing just two goals and finding the back of the net three times with goals from Magno, Massimilian and Graff to make it a two-goal game at 12-10. The Crimson started its fourth quarter rally with a pair of goals from Evans and Frisoli in the first two minutes of play to tie the game at 12-12. Harvard and Albany traded the next four goals, tying the score up once again at 14-14 with nine minutes left to play. With three minutes remaining, Albany scored to go ahead 15-14. Despite a few impressive chances from the Crimson in the closing minutes, the Great Danes held on to clinch the victory.

Harvard Highlights
- Jack Frisoli and Austin Madronic each recorded hat tricks for the Crimson, a career high for Frisoli.
- Harvard won the groundball battle, 47-36, while Frankie Tangredi registered a career-high six.
- The Crimson forced nine caused turnovers.

Up Next
Harvard will begin a five-game homestand on Saturday, March 7 when it welcomes Fairfield to Jordan Field. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+. The remaining nine games of the Crimson's 2020 schedule, including all six home contests at Jordan Field and Harvard Stadium, will also be aired on ESPN+. To purchase tickets, click here.