Hartford vs. Harvard
March 11, 2008
The Game Story:
WEST HARTFORD, CT – The University of Hartford lacrosse team suffered an 11-2 defeat against Harvard University on Tuesday afternoon at Al-Marzook Field.

Hartford (0-5 overall) struggled to find the net, scoring once in the first quarter and again in the fourth. Sophomore Justin Bearse and freshman Leif Abrahamson each scored for the Hawks while freshman Michael Cudmore picked up an assist. Jason Duboe led Harvard (3-1 overall) with a hat trick while Matt Hull, Jesse Fehr and Travis Burr each added two goals apiece.

Duboe scored his first goal just over two minutes into the contest, though Hartford answered right back behind Abrahamson to tie the game two minutes later. The goal would be the Hawks’ last of the first half, as Harvard scored two more times in the first quarter and another in the second. Duboe scored all three of his goals in the first half as the Crimson led 4-1 at the break.

Harvard added the first four goals of the second half, including a pair by Burr in the third quarter. Trailing 8-1 heading into the fourth quarter, Hartford netted its second goal when Bearse took a feed from Cudmore with just over seven minutes remaining in the game. The Crimson closed the game with three straight goals, including the final two by Hull.

The Crimson held a 32-16 edge in shots and scored on its only man-up advantage of the day. The Hawks failed to score in three extra-man opportunities.

Joe Pike made 10 saves in goal for Harvard and played all but the final four minutes of the contest. Freshman Lee Malandrino made his first collegiate appearance in goal for the Hawks, starting and playing all 60 minutes. He finished with seven saves.

Hartford will next play at Quinnipiac on Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m.