Harvard celebrates its win over No. 16 UMass. Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Senior co-captain Dean Gibbons scored three goals, including the game-winner, to lead the 20th ranked Harvard men's lacrosse to an 11-9 win over No. 16 Massachusetts Tuesday under the lights at Harvard Stadium. With the win, the Crimson improves to 6-2 overall and snaps a 13 game winless streak against the Minutemen in Cambridge.
Junior Jeff Cohen also scored a hat trick while Terry White added two scores and Matt Hull, Daniel Elipp and Ryan Stevens all found the back of the net for the Crimson. Hull had three assists on the night, including a feed to Gibbons with 2:28 left on the clock for the victory.
Massachusetts took an early 2-0 lead in early in the game. Hull and Cohen put away goals for the Crimson to make it 3-2 at the end o the first. The Crimson trailed 5-3 at the half. The Minutemen scored three of the first four tallies in the third frame increase their lead to 8-4 with five minutes and 39 second left to play in the third session.
Gibbons took a pass from Hull with 5:10 to go and fired it in the net to spark a four-goal scoring streak for the Crimson. Stevens' unassisted goal with 1:10 left in the third evened the score.
Gibbons gave the Crimson its first lead of the night, 9-8, with 8:17 left to play. Ryan Hantverk scored the equalizer for the Minutemen just over three minutes later. Andrew Parchman, who started the night off winning 5-of-5 face-offs, won the next face-off and the Crimson offense took over. The Crimson put up six unsuccessful shots but maintained possession of the ball. Hull picked up a ground ball handed off to Gibbons seconds later for the win. UMass won the next face-off but Harry Krieger made the stop, one of 19 on the night, Harvard cleared the ball and called a timeout. The Crimson put one more in the net before the end of the game, this time a scored from Eipp on an open net.
Hull had seven ground balls and a caused turnover for the Crimson, while Cohen and Eric Slingerland caused two of the Minutes 18 turnovers.
Harvard outshot UMass, 37-35, in the game and won 12-of-23 face-offs. The Minutemen held a 47-46 edge in ground balls.
The Crimson travels to Albany for its second-straight non-conference game Saturday. Face-off is at 2 p.m.