Men's Roundup: Bryant Hands Harvard First Loss
SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Several ranked teams got Tuesday night scares, but only one of them went down. That was sixth-ranked Harvard, which was outscored 8-3 in the second half as Bryant upset the Crimson 12-9.
Three days after a five-goal win over Duke, Harvard led 6-4 at halftime but the Bulldogs (4-2) won the third quarter 3-0 and never let the Crimson tie the game in the fourth.
Midfielder Ryan Sharpe scored his third goal 7:290 into the fourth to give Bryant a 9-6 lead. Harvard long pole Jack Breit and midfielder Joe Lang scored back-to-back to cu the lead to one with 5:29 left, but Cam Ziegler ended the run with 1:35 to go, and Bryant tacked on two more in the final 1:13.
Bryant outshot the Cardiac Crimson (4-1), winners of three OT games already this season, 53-29, and Kenny Massa, the younger brother of former Bryant faceoff specialist Kevin, went 14 of 24.
The loss spoiled Harvard goalie Robert Shaw's 17-save night, and Harvard's four-win streak to start the year.
Yale Rallies Big to Beat St. John's
Fourth-ranked Yale trailed 7-1 early in the third quarter but dominated down the stretch to win 12-9 and improve to 4-0.
Ben Reeves (three goals, four assists) carried the Bulldogs offense and jumpstarted the run. He scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 7-3 and Yale scored 7 goals in the final 9:30 of the third to take a one goal lead. St. John's Nick Heller scored to tie it at 8 with two seconds left in the third, but Yale scored the final five to put it away. Eric Scott and Jeff Cimbalista had hat tricks for the Bulldogs, who outshot St. John's 59-25, including 27-11 in the first half after which they trailed 5-1. St. John's is 1-5.
Virginia Scores Late to Hold Off St. Joe's
The 14th-ranked Cavaliers scored five fourth-quarter goals to win 9-7 in Charlottesville, Va. Mike D'Amario and Phil Poquie led Virginia with two goals each, while Ryan Lukacovic, James Pannell, Matt Emery and Joe French each had one. Virginia took 19 first-quarter shots but scored only two goals, then took 15 shots in the fourth quarter and fared much better. Virginia improved to 3-3, while St. Joseph's is 3-2.
Maryland a Step Ahead of Drexel
The 13th-ranked Terps were a step ahead of Drexel for (most of) the night in Philadelphia. Maryland (2-2) never trailed and after the game was tied at 5 with 7:24 left in the third, the Terps ended on a 7-3 run to top the Dragons 12-8. Colin Heacock scored four goals and Matt Rambo had three.
Fairfield Sinks Georgetown to 1-4
Fairfield improved to 2-4 while Georgetown fell to 1-4 as a result of the Stags 13-9 win over the Hoyas in Washington, D.C. TJ Neubauer and Colin Burke scored four goals each for Fairfield, which went on an 8-2 bridging halftime. Fairfield led 10-5 heading into the fourth quarter. The Hoyas shaved the margin to 11-9 with 3:46 left, but Burke capped his four-goal day just over a minute later with 2:43 left. Neubauer followed suit, netting his fourth with 1:29 to go.
Georgetown shot 9 for 36 and Fairfield goalie Tyler Behring made 14 saves, half of them in the fourth quarter.
Brown Runs Past Holy Cross
No. 9 Brown cruised to 4-0 with a 20-7 win over Holy Cross, behind big games from Dylan Molloy (one goal, eight assists) and Kylor Bellistri (seven goals, three assists). Holy Cross drops to 0-6, although their previous three losses were by one goal each, to Harvard, Lehigh and Loyola.
Albany Routs UMass
Reigning Epoch/LM Player of the Week, Albany goalie Blaze Riorden, made 14 saves and allowed only two goals before heading to the bench in the final minutes of Albany's dominant 16-4 road win at UMass. Connor Fields scored three goals and had three assists. No. 16 Albany is 3-1. UMass is 2-4.
Jeff Edwards and Connor Kearnan scored three goals each as Canisius beat Vermont 11-6 in the first NCAA lacrosse game played on Canadian soil at the Oshawa (Ontario) Civic Centre.
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