|CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's lacrosse, ranked 15th nationally, dropped a 7-6 decision to No. 20 Hofstra on Saturday afternoon at Soldiers Field.|
Hofstra's (2-2) Ryan Reilly scored an unassisted goal at the 6:52 mark of the fourth quarter to break a 6-6 tie as the Pride held on for an important non-league road victory.
The Pride jumped on Harvard with three goals early in the game and claimed a 4-1 advantage just six seconds into the second quarter before Harvard (2-1) got back into the game. The Crimson's Jeff Cohen scored all three of his goals in the second stanza with his third coming with just four seconds left in the half as the Crimson got within one goal at the break, 5-4.
In the third, Harvard's Kevin Vaughn tied the score at 5-5 and a goal by Eric Slingerland again tied the game at 6-6 at the 7:34 mark of the fourth before Reilly answered 42 seconds later with the eventual game-winning tally.
The game was close throughout with Harvard leading in shots on goal, 19-17 and ground balls, 20-18. Hofstra cleared all 12 opportunities while the Crimson successfully cleared 12 of 13 opportunities. Neither team scored on man-up chances with the Crimson stuffing the Pride six times including all four chances in the fourth quarter.