Jeff Cohen took 18 shots in the win at Holy Cross (Gil Talbot).
WORCESTER, Mass. – Jeff Cohen scored the 100th goal of his career, finishing with five tallies, helping the No. 15/15 Harvard men's lacrosse team to a 14-9 victory at Holy Cross Tuesday afternoon. With his five-goal effort, Cohen moves to sixth on Harvard's all-time list with 101 career scores.
With the win, Harvard improves to 2-0 for the first time since 2009 and moves to 29-0 all-time against the Crusaders. Holy Cross sees its record slip to 1-2 on the year.
Daniel Eipp recorded his second straight hat trick and also dished out three assists, while Kevin Vaughan, Keegan Michel and Jack Walker each netted two goals. Cohen shot the ball 18 times, putting 11 shots on target. Michel won 10-of-19 faceoffs and joined Vaughan, Eipp and Eric Slingerland with three ground balls. Between the pipes, Harry Krieger recorded eight saves for the Crimson.
Michel won the opening faceoff and tallied the game's first goal at 14:31, giving the Crimson an early 1-0 lead. After Vaughan hit the post, Cohen picked up a ground ball and scored un assisted, as Harvard led, 2-0, at 13:22. After the Crusaders went on a 2-0 run to knot the game at 6:12, Walker netted Harvard's third goal with 5:16 remaining, as Harvard reclaimed the lead, 3-2. Later in the first, Holy Cross went ahead, 4-3, but Eipp tallied a score with 1:17 to play in the frame, tying it, 4-4.
In the second, Holy Cross grabbed a 6-4 advantage, but Cohen tallied his second score of the game at 10:18, getting Harvard back within one. With 5:13 remaining in the half, Eipp fired a shot for his second goal, tying it, 6-6. The Crusaders were called for an illegal body check penalty with 2:03 to play, and Harvard capitalized as Carl Zimmerman sent a pass to Michel for a man-up tally, giving Harvard a 7-6 lead with 1:35 left.
Harvard scored all five of the goals in the third quarter, stretching its scoring run to 8-0. Vaughan and Cohen each found the back of the net twice in the period, and Walker capped the scoring in the stanza with a man-down score with 40 seconds left. Cohen's second goal of the period at 3:33 was the 100th of his career. The Crimson also notched the first goal of the fourth, increasing its lead to 13-6, when Eipp found the back of the net with a man-up tally at 11:38.
Holy Cross ended Harvard's 9-0 run with a score at the 9:08 mark, but Cohen answered with his fifth goal of the contest at 8:03, making it 14-7.
James Kennedy and Myles Gillespie each netted two goals for the Crusaders, while goalie Kenny O'Connor stopped 10 shots.
Harvard went 2-of-6 on man-up chances, while holding Holy Cross to 0-of-2. The Crimson also led in shots, 46-26, ground balls, 32-31 and faceoffs, 14-13. Harvard was also successful on 15-of-17 clear attempts and every healthy Crimson player saw action in the win over Holy Cross.
Harvard will return home to host Hofstra at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium Saturday at 3 p.m.