Men's Lacrosse Stymies Georgetown Late for 8-6 Win

Krieger and the Crimson defense allowed one goal over the game's final 24 minutes (Gil Talbot photo).
Krieger and the Crimson defense allowed one goal over the game's final 24 minutes (Gil Talbot photo).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harry Krieger made 12 saves, including five in a flawless fourth quarter, to backstop the Harvard men's lacrosse team to a back-and-forth 8-6 win against Georgetown Saturday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Daniel Eipp scored to break a 5-5 tie in the third quarter and put Harvard (2-2) ahead to stay. The junior previously set up the tying goal by Ryan Stevens and finished with three assists and a game-high four points. Peter Schwartz logged two goals and an assist for the Crimson, while Carl Zimmerman also scored twice.

Behind two goals each from Brian Casey and Reilly O'Connor, the Hoyas (2-2) led three times. O'Connor's second tally brought Georgetown within a goal at 7-6 heading into the fourth quarter. Georgetown then outshot Harvard by a 9-6 margin in the final period, but Krieger would not yield a tying goal and Schwartz gave the Crimson a two-goal cushion in the final four minutes.

Jake Haley made nine saves for Georgetown, as Harvard held edges of 33-31 in shots and 26-22 in ground balls. Devin Dwyer, who scored the seventh Crimson goal and added an assist, picked up four ground balls, as did Harvard teammate Robert Duvnjak.

The first nine minutes of the game were scoreless before Casey sandwiched goals around a score by Crimson rookie Sean McDonagh. Schwartz and Zimmerman scored 30 seconds apart early in the second quarter to swing the momentum back in Harvard's favor. Another Zimmerman goal gave the Crimson a 4-3 lead at halftime.

Three straight scores in the third quarter put the Hoyas back in the driver's seat before Stevens evened things up midway through the period.  Stevens led all players with eight shots, while Duvnjak and Brian O'Toole each caused two Hoyas turnovers.

Tyler Knarr and Dan McKinney each recovered five ground balls for Georgetown. Knarr won 12 of his 16 faceoffs.