Harvard remained perfect at home in 2011 with a 10-4 win over Holy Cross (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's lacrosse team faced a 4-1 deficit early in the second period, but rattled off nine unanswered goals in the final three periods to take down Holy Cross, 10-4, Tuesday afternoon at Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium. Harvard (4-1) remains unbeaten at home this season while the Crusaders fall to 0-6 on the year.
Both goalies shined in the early going, as Harvard's Harry Krieger and Holy Cross' Mike Fisher recorded a number of saves each to keep the score at 0-0 through the first 8:30 of play. The Crimson started the scoring at the 6:30 mark of the first as Jeff Cohen buried a pass from Jack Doyle to stake the hosts to a 1-0 lead. The Crusaders answered with a vengeance, however, netting three goals in the final 3:37 to take a 3-1 lead after one.
The saves kept coming and the score stayed low through the second frame as Krieger posted seven saves at the break and Fisher notched 12. Holy Cross pushed its lead to 4-1 just 55 seconds into the second period but a man-up tally from Cohen and an Alex White score brought Harvard to within one, 4-3, at the break.
The Harvard defense went into lockdown mode to start the second half and went on to shutout Holy Cross in the final two periods, holding the Crusaders to just 11 shots. A Daniel DiMaria goal 22 seconds into the third period knotted the score at 4-4 and Kevin Vaughan's goal at 12:37 gave Harvard the lead for good. Vaughan scored again with 2:50 left in the third and Cohen posted his second hat trick in as many games with a tally at 2:06. Reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week Daniel Eipp made it 8-4 with 30 seconds left in the frame and Cohen notched his fourth of the game 20 seconds later for a 9-4 lead after three. Dean Gibbons posted Harvard's final goal at 7:00 of the fourth to clinch the 10-4 final.
Cohen registered a five-point afternoon with a quartet of goals and an assist, firing eight shots on net and logging a ground ball. Vaughan had two goals, an assist and a pair of ground balls on the afternoon and Krieger finished the game with 11 saves. The Crimson outshot the Crusaders 45-29 and had the edge in faceoffs (13-5) and ground balls (32-23). The Crimson was also 25-for-29 on clear attempts in the game.
Harvard kicks off Ivy League play in its next game when it travels to Providence, R.I. to take on Brown March 19. Game time is set for 1 p.m.