Balanced Attack Leads Men's Lacrosse Past Fairfield in Home Opener, 15-12

Photo by: Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening a five-game homestand this weekend, the Harvard men's lacrosse team (2-2) took down Fairfield (4-2), 15-12, this afternoon at Jordan Field.

Hat tricks from Austin Madronic and Nick Loring led the way for the Crimson, as Harvard used goals from nine different players to defeat the Stags. Jeremy Magno and Kyle Salvatore each found the back of the net twice, while Kyle Anderson and Madronic each dished out two assists.  Junior goalie Kyle Mullin made 14 saves in net and Kyle Massimilian won 14 face-offs for the Crimson.

Harvard started the game with four unanswered goals in the first quarter. The Crimson took a 1-0 lead off a Loring goal in the first two minutes of play, before Madronic found Ryan Graff on the doorstep for Harvard's second goal of the day. Mark Stephens fired in his first-career goal on a long-range shot to keep the momentum going for the Crimson with a 3-0 advantage. Magno drilled in the fourth goal for a 4-0 run, before the Stags got on the board at the four-minute mark. The Crimson and Stags each added one more tally before the end of the frame, as Harvard maintained a 5-2 lead.

Fairfield opened the second quarter with a quick goal, but Magno answered with his second of the day to put Harvard up 6-3. Harvard restored its four-goal lead after Madronic fired one in, and pushed it to 8-3 with a Myles Hamm goal on a beautiful feed from Anderson. Isaiah Dawson became the eighth-different goal scorer for Harvard to make it 9-3, before Fairfield got one back in the final minute of the half to snap their scoreless drought and make it 9-4 going into the half.

The Stags added three goals out of the half to cut its deficit to 9-7. Loring found the back of the net on a diving shot to get the scoring started in the third for the Crimson, and added another quickly after for his first hat trick of the season to make it 11-7. Madronic added a man-down goal for three-straight for the Crimson, before Fairfield tallied one at the two minute-mark. Salvatore tucked one in the post in the closing minute to maintain a five-goal lead for the Crimson at 13-8 headed into the final frame.

The Stags came back within four at the start of the fourth quarter, before Harvard stretched the lead back to five at 14-9 when Salvatore ripped a long-distance shot into the back of the net. After Fairfield added one back midway through, Madronic recorded his second hat trick of the season to put the Crimson up 15-10. The Stags converted on an extra-man opportunity and trimmed its deficit to three, but Harvard held on in the final minutes to secure the 15-12 victory.  

Harvard Highlights
- The Crimson used nine different goal scorers to defeat the Stags, led by Loring and Madronic with hat tricks.
- Madronic posted a team-best five points on three goals and two assists, his second consecutive hat trick for the Crimson.
- Massimilian recorded a team-high seven groundballs.
- Mullin tallied 14 saves in net and a 53,8 save percentage. 
- Harvard outshot Fairfield, 43-39.
- Mark Stephens and Graham Blake made their collegiate debuts for the Crimson.

Up Next
Harvard will return to Jordan Field next Saturday, March 14 to take on Brown in its first Ivy League contest of the season. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.

The remaining seven games of the Crimson's 2020 schedule, including all five home contests at Jordan Field and Harvard Stadium, will also be aired on ESPN+. To purchase tickets, click here.