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Harvard's Upset Bid Falls Short in Overtime at CWPA Easterns

John Holland-McCowan led the Crimson offensive attack with four goals Saturday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – John Holland-McCowan found the back of the cage four times, including three in the fourth period, but Bucknell denied Harvard's upset bid, 13-11, in overtime Saturday. The Crimson fell to the CWPA Eastern Championship seventh-place game at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Blodgett Pool with the loss.

Holland-McCowan registered scores at the 7:14 and 3:47 marks of the fourth frame before netting another goal to break a 10-10 tie with less than two minutes remaining in the game. The Crimson faithful had its sight set on a dramatic upset after the freshman's goal, but the Bison answered inside of one minute to force overtime.

Bucknell used a man-advantage to score 26 seconds into the first of two three-minute overtimes. Defensive play shined in the overtimes as neither team was able to tally another goal until the Bison scored again with 2:03 minutes remaining in the second overtime.

The back-and-forth contest ended with the Crimson unable to answer in the remaining minutes.

Harvard was plagued by disqualifications as six Crimson players fouled out after committing three fouls and two players were forced to sit after receiving misconducts. The Crimson finished the game with seven eligible players.

The Crimson did a masterful job of killing man-advantages, holding the Bison to seven-of-25 in such circumstances, thanks in part to five saves from Alexandre Popp. Harvard converted five-of-13 chances while up a man.

Harvard finishes the 2011-12 campaign tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the seventh-place game against Iona. For the complete tournament schedule click here.