Mass. College Lax: No. 17 Harvard Tops BU, 14-9

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Boston University athletic communications office, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s lacrosse contest against No. 17 Harvard University:

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three Terriers recorded three points but the Boston University men’s lacrosse team suffered a 14-9 setback at No. 17 Harvard on Tuesday night at Harvard Stadium.

BU (1-10) and Harvard (7-4) each wore One Fund socks during the game to honor the victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings. For more information on The One Fund or how you can help, please visit OneFundBoston.org.

Freshman Ryan Johnston and redshirt freshman Sam Tenney each tallied three goals while freshman Cal Dearth added a goal and two assists. Tyler Zickel made his first collegiate start in the cage, with the freshman goalkeeper making nine saves.

Sam Talkow was solid at the face-off X once again, as the freshman was 14-of-25. Eight different Terriers recorded a point, with freshman Adam Schaal collecting a pair of assists. Freshmen James Clarke, Clay Phillips and Craig Zebrowski each had a helper while sophomore Sammy Davis found the back of the net for the second straight game.

Johnston got the Terriers on the board first just 1:11 into the proceedings when Schaal found him out of the X and the Elora, Ont., native fired home near the right post. Harvard scored the final five goals of the quarter, however, to take a 4-1 lead.

Tenney scored the Terriers’ first of four man-up goals with 10:33 left in the second quarter to cut the Crimson lead to 4-2. Harvard responded with a four-goal run before Dearth notched his seventh marker of the season to make it a 7-3 contest entering halftime.

The teams traded goals to begin the third quarter, with Tenney tallying his second of the game after a great individual effort. He forced a turnover as the Crimson goalkeeper attempted a clear and quickly deposited the ball into the back of the net.

After the Crimson gained a 10-4 advantage, Tenney completed his hat trick with 6:23 to play in the third quarter thanks to an assist from Clay Phillips during an extra-man opportunity. The score remained 10-5 into the fourth quarter before Harvard tallied twice early in the stanza to take a 12-5 lead. Johnston collected two man-up goals before Davis rocketed a shot into the top left corner to make it a five-goal game at 13-8 with 9:08 remaining in regulation.

The Terriers’ rally was thwarted, however, and the Crimson collected its final goal of the game with 5:38 on the clock. Dearth converted a feed from Zebrowski to make it a 14-9 game with 4:25 to play, but that was the final goal of the contest.

BU will resume its Patriot League schedule on Saturday when the Terriers travel to Baltimore to face top-ranked Loyola (Md.). Game time is set for 1 p.m.

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