Men's Lacrosse Uses Second-Half Run to Down Quinnipiac, 14-7
Gabriel Mendola won 6-of-9 faceoffs and collected three ground balls against Quinnipiac (Gil Talbot).
HAMDEN, Conn. – The Harvard men's lacrosse team outscored Quinnipiac, 10-5, in the second half to hold on for a 14-7 victory over the Bobcats Tuesday afternoon. Dean Gibbons paced the Crimson's offense with four points on a goal and three assists, while Harry Krieger played most of the game in net, stopping seven shots in nearly 54 minutes of action.
Jeff Cohen added a hat trick, while Daniel Eipp scored two and assisted on a tally and Matt Hull netted two goals, as Harvard improves to 7-4 overall and moves to 6-2 against non-conference opponents this season. Dylan Webster found the back of the net twice, and goalie Kevin Benzing recorded nine saves for Quinnipiac, which falls to 4-5.
Harvard opened the scoring with a man-up tally from Gibbons off a pass by Ryan Stevens at 8:50 of the first quarter. After Quinnipiac tied it, Hull and Francis Ellis added goals to give the Crimson a 3-1 advantage after the first period of play. Each time scored one goal in the second frame, as Harvard continued to lead, 4-2, heading into the break.
The Bobcats got within one, 4-3, early on in the third, as a shot by Bill Alessi beat Krieger just 12 seconds into the second half. Cohen and Hull responded with back-to-back goals, giving Harvard a 6-3 edge with 9:15 left in the period. After Quinnipiac's Kevin Kelly scored at the 5:53 mark, Stevens started a 6-0 run for Harvard with a score just 21 seconds later at 5:32. The Crimson scored twice more in the third on tallies by Eipp and Alex White to carry a 9-4 advantage heading into the final period of play.
Cohen netted two goals in the opening minutes of the fourth, and then Harvard scored a man-up tally on an own goal by Quinnipiac with 9:01 remaining, as the Crimson grabbed a 12-4 lead. With 6:18 left to go, Carl Zimmerman netted an unassisted score, and then Jack Walker tallied Harvard's fourth man-up goal of the afternoon with 4:31 to go, making it 14-5 in favor of the Crimson.
Harvard finished the game 4-of-7 on man-up opportunities, while Quinnipiac was 1-of-4. The Crimson dominated the faceoffs, winning 16-of-25 (.640), with Andrew Parchman going 7-of-11 (.636). Harvard's Gabriel Mendola claimed six faceoff wins out of nine chances (.667), and Robert Frisbie won three of his five faceoffs (.600).
Parchman and Daniel DiMaria paced Harvard with four ground balls apiece, as the Crimson owned a 30-27 edge in ground balls for the game. Despite the goal differential in Harvard's favor, Quinnipiac outshot the Crimson, 43-30.
Harvard returns home to host No. 15 Penn Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m.