Offense Powers Men's Lacrosse to 17-9 Win Over Holy Cross

Burns scored a career-high four goals as the Crimson rolled to its first victory of the year (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's lacrosse team received hat tricks from Deke Burns and Will Walker en route to a 17-9 win over Holy Cross Tuesday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Burns found the back of the net four times for his first career hat trick, and added one assist to finish the day with five total points. Walker, meanwhile, converted three of his four shots to register the second hat trick of his career and also notched one assist to finish with four points. A total of 10 Crimson scored at least one goal in the victory with nine recording multiple points, including Sean Mahon (1g, 2a) and Peter Schwartz (1g, 2a) who tallied three points apiece.

Jake Gambitsky saw the bulk of the minutes in goal, making 10 saves and coming away with two ground balls to pick up his first win of the year as Harvard improved to 1-1. Bobby Duvnjak caused two turnovers to help anchor the defensive effort.

Holy Cross (0-3) was paced by Terry McKenna's four-goal effort as Michael Ortlieb made 11 saves in goal. The Crusaders owned a 16-29 margin on faceoffs, but committed 18 turnovers for the day.

Harvard opened the scoring with a 4-0 run and held a 6-2 advantage after the first quarter of play. Burns scored three of his four goals in the opening frame, with Sean McDonagh adding a goal and an assist. Holy Cross recorded two quick scores to begin the second quarter and pull within two goals, 6-4, but Burns answered back with his fourth tally to regain a three-goal edge, 7-4. The Crimson tacked on three more goals off the sticks of Walker, Jack Breit and Mahon to take a 10-4 lead into the intermission.

A goal by Garrett Campbell and two more from Walker moved the score to 13-5 in Harvard's favor after the break. Brendan Newman, Breit, Schwartz and Murphy Vandervelde each found the back of the net in the fourth quarter to give the Crimson the final 17-9 margin.

Harvard will be back in action Saturday, March 1 as it heads back out on the road to take on No. 17/18 Albany. All the action can be seen live online by clicking here beginning at 12 p.m.