Yale vs. Harvard
April 24, 2004
The Game Story:
New Haven, CT - Mike McBride's goal with 2.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter was the game-winner as the Harvard men's lacrosse team won a thrilling, 11-10 decision over Yale before 2,423 at Johnson Field.

McBride, an attackman who had two goals, positioned himself five feet to the right of Yale freshman goalie Jordan Ellis (11 saves) as Crimson midfielder Jeff Gottschall (4 goals) moved into position and seemed to shoot the ball towards the goal. McBride picked what was either a pass or an off-target shot out of the air and then flipped it past Ellis, who did not get any defensive support around the crease.

Harvard had leads of two and three for most of the game until Yale captain Scott Kenworthy (3-3-6) got all three of his goals and Dan Brillman added a pair midway through the second half as the Elis erased a three-goal deficit to take a 10-8 lead with 10:43 left in the fourth. That was the last score for the home team on its Senior Night as the Cantabs tallied the last three goals.

Collin Neville and Ned Britt also had a pair of goals for the Elis against Harvard goalie Jake McKenna (5 saves).

The Bulldogs started senior goalie Roy Skeen, who did not make a save in just under six minutes, but went to their regular netminder Ellis after Harvard went up 3-1.

Yale (5-7, 1-5 Ivy), which lost its fourth one-goal game (seven overall) of 2004, had its chances to grab the lead late in the final frame but committed too many turnovers. Senior Ryan Capilupi (1-2-3) won 13 of 24 faceoffs and the Elis had two more ground balls than the visitors, but the Cantabs (6-5, 2-3) got off five more shots.

"This was a hard one to swallow," said Yale head coach Andy Shay, who was leading the Blue for the first time against Harvard. "Again we played hard and never gave up, but we've got to find a way to win these close ones. I now have a taste of the rivalry."