Dean Gibbons had three goals and six assists in a 21-10 win over Bellarmine Friday night (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With the score tied at 4-4 heading into the second quarter, the Harvard men's lacrosse team conceded the first goal of the frame but went onto net the next eight goals en route to a 21-10 victory over Bellarmine Friday night at Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium. The win is Harvard's (3-1) second in as many home games and Bellarmine (2-4) absorbs its first loss to an unranked team this season.
Harvard's 21 goals marks the most for the program since a 21-5 victory over Boston College during the 2001 season.
The game got off to an inauspicious start for Harvard as Bellarmine scored two goals in the first 2:35, forcing an early timeout from the Harvard sideline. The Crimson responded two minutes later as Alex White put Harvard on the board with his third tally of the season and goals by Dean Gibbons and Jeff Cohen gave the hosts a 3-2 lead. The Knights posted the next two scores to swing the lead back in their favor, but White netted his second of the period with just 40 seconds left to knot the score at 4-4 after one.
After an early Bellarmine goal, the second period belonged to the Crimson as the hosts outscored the Knights, 8-1, in the frame. Eric Slingerland and White scored at 9:58 and 8:56, respectively, to regain the lead for good and three goals from Daniel Eipp and a pair from Cohen, including his second man-up tally of the game, gave the Crimson significant breathing room with a 12-5 lead at halftime.
Gibbons tallied his third of the game one minute into the third and Eipp's fourth score of the contest put Harvard up 14-6 at the 9:46 mark of the third. Kevin Vaughan scored a gutsy goal on a Bellarmine man-up opportunity at 7:52 and netted his second just 46 seconds later. Jack Walker scored Harvard's third straight goal with just over five minutes to play in the third, helping Harvard to a 17-8 lead through three periods.
The Knights put together one last offensive push, netting three straight goals to close the gap to 17-10 early in the fourth, but tallies by Mark Scalise, Henry Mumford, Garrett Campbell and Carl Zimmerman sealed the 21-10 final for Harvard.
Eipp finished with a game- and career-high four goals and added an assist to his performance while Gibbons had an eight-point night with three scores and five assists along with a ground ball and a caused turnover. Cohen finished with three goals and two ground balls while Vaughan and White each had a pair of goals on the night. Crimson goalie Harry Krieger collected seven stops on the night for his third win of the season. Harvard outshot the Knights 60-37 in the game and also held an edge in ground balls (35-29), faceoffs (20-13) and clears (20/23-12/19).
The Crimson is back in action Tuesday March 15 at Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium as it welcomes Holy Cross to Cambridge for a 4 p.m. game.