Men's Lacrosse Overcomes Halftime Deficit to Down Quinnipiac, 10-8


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Harvard 10, Quinnipiac 8
Harvard (2-2, 0-0 Ivy)
Quinnipiac (1-2, 0-0 MAAC)
Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium
Harvard leads, 6-0
at Georgetown, Saturday, March 8

Mendola went 14-of-20 at the faceoff X as the Crimson improved to 2-0 at home (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's lacrosse team rallied from a one-goal deficit at halftime to defeat Quinnipiac Tuesday evening at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium, 10-8.

Harvard improved to 2-0 at home with the win which was highlighted by big hits on the defensive end and timely goals at the offensive end. After trailing 5-4 at half, the Crimson outscored Quinnipiac 4-2 in the third quarter to take an 8-7 lead, and sealed the victory with a Will Walker strike in the fourth.

Walker and Sean Mahon each scored two goals in the victory with Mahon adding an assist to finish the evening with three points. Jake Gambitsky matched his career-high with 12 saves in goal, and Gabriel Mendola went 14-of-20 at the faceoff X.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Sean Mahon led the attack with two goals and one assist, matching his career-high for goals scored and points.
  • Will Walker also scored two goals and collected a career-high three ground balls.
  • Peter Schwartz and Garrett Campbell each registered two points on one goal and one assist.
  • Eight different Crimson found the back of the net.
  • Jake Gambitsky matched his career-high with 12 saves, including five in the first quarter.
  • Gabriel Mendola had a career night at the faceoff X, winning 14-of-20 and collecting six ground balls.
  • Bobby Duvnjak and Stephen Jahelka each came away with four ground balls at the defensive end.
  • Harvard won 14-of-21 faceoffs and held a 30-22 advantage in ground balls.

Game Notes:

  • Jake Gambitsky matched his career-high with 12 saves and has registered double-digit saves in three of four contests this year.
  • Gabriel Mendola won a career-best 14-of-20 faceoffs.
  • Peter Schwartz has scored at least one point in five straight games dating back to last year, and has scored multiple points in four of the five contests.
  • Will Walker has scored at least two goals in each of the Crimson's last three games and set a career-high with three ground balls.
  • Sean Mahon matched his career-high for goals (2) and points (3).
  • Pat Fiorvanti (1g), Sean Mahon (2g) and Garrett Campbell (1g) each matched their career-highs for goals scored.
  • Bobby Duvnjak matched his career-high with four ground balls.
  • Harvard improved to 2-0 at home this year and is 10-2 at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse.
  • Harvard has not been out-shot this season and has won the ground ball battle in each of its last three games.

Game Progression:

  • After a slow start, Harvard scored three straight goals to take a 3-0 lead.
  • Quinnipiac answered with a 5-0 run and went into halftime on top, 5-4.
  • Harvard scored the first two goals of the second half to regain the lead and outscored Quinnipiac 4-2 in the third quarter for an 8-7 margin.
  • Harvard added two goals in the fourth quarter to hang on for the win, 10-8.

Ties: Three
Lead Changes: Two
Largest Leads: Harvard by three – 1st: 4:24, Quinnipiac by two – 2nd: 4:47

Up Next:
Harvard travels to Washington, D.C., for a weekend showdown at Georgetown, Saturday, March 8 at 12 pm.