Men's Lacrosse Earns First Ivy Win, Tops Brown, 11-7

Men's Lacrosse Earns First Ivy Win, Tops Brown, 11-7

Ryan Stevens scored a career-high three goals in the win at Brown Saturday afternoon (Gil Talbot).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Dean Gibbons and Ryan Stevens each netted hat tricks to propel the Harvard men's  lacrosse team to an 11-7 victory at Brown Saturday afternoon. With the win, Harvard improves to 1-0 in the Ivy League and 5-1 overall, marking the Crimson's best start since 2000.

Harry Krieger made 13 saves to help the Crimson earn its first victory over Brown since 2007. Matt Chriss stopped 18 shots for the Bears, who fall to 2-3 and 0-1 in the Ancient Eight.

Gibbons opened the scoring for the Crimson at 12:11, as Harvard mustered the first six shots of the contest. After Brown knotted the game, 1-1, exactly midway through the first quarter at 7:30, Gibbons netted his second goal on a man-up chance to reclaim the lead for the Crimson, 2-1, at 5:27. Early on in the second quarter, Jeff Cohen extended Harvard's advantage to 3-1 with a tally at 14:03. Following a Brown turnover in the Crimson zone, Terry White made it 4-1 in favor of Harvard with a goal at 11:12.

The Bears responded with three straight goals in a 2:05 span, tying the game, 4-4, with 6:52 left in the half. Brown took the left, 5-4, with a goal by Andrew Feinberg with 2:14 left in the stanza, but Kevin Vaughan knotted the game once again, 5-5, with a score for the Crimson only 41 seconds later.

Early on in the third, Stevens tallied back-to-back goals to give the Crimson a 7-5 lead. The Bears struck on a man-up goal to get back within one, 7-6, at 6:22, but Stevens, who earned the first hat trick of his career, scored for the third time on the day at 3:14 to put Harvard back up by two, 8-6. With just seven seconds left in the third quarter, Brown got back within a goal, 8-7, as Rob Schlesinger found the back of the net for the Bears.

Terry White and Daniel Eipp each scored in the opening moments of the fourth, giving Harvard a three-goal edge, 10-7. With 51 ticks left on the clock, Gibbons capped the scoring with by completing his hat trick.

Gabriel Mendola won 7-of-10 faceoffs, while Andrew Parchman had seven faceoff victories on 12 chances for Harvard, which won 14-of-22 faceoffs as a team. Vaughan paced the Crimson with five ground balls, while Parchman collected four on the day. Harvard outshot Brown, 52-33, and owned the lead in ground balls, 26-21. The Crimson was also successful on 19-of-20 clear attempts.

Harvard will have a week off before visiting Dartmouth Saturday, March 26 for a 2 p.m. Ivy contest.