Burns' seven-goal outburst lifted the Crimson to a season-opening victory (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 12/13 Harvard men's lacrosse team opened its 2015 season with flare, overcoming a three-goal fourth-quarter deficit to defeat UMass at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium Saturday afternoon, 14-13.
Deke Burns scored seven goals to propel Harvard to the victory, marking the most goals scored by a member of the Crimson since Jeff Cohen '12 totaled eight versus Michigan on March 31, 2012. Devin Dwyer and Will Walker added two goals apiece with Dwyer also assisting on Burns' second tally for a total of three points. Freshman Joe Lang, making his collegiate debut, scored one goal and added two helpers.
Harvard (1-0) held a slight advantage over UMass (0-3) at the X, 16-14, and was dominant in the ground ball battle, winning 32-20. Austin Williams led the charge, going 16-of-29 on face offs and collecting a game-high eight ground balls. Walker Kirby and Jack Breit registered five ground balls and four ground balls, respectively, and added two forced turnovers apiece.
Walker opened the scoring at 10:58 but UMass quickly took control of the action, building a 4-2 lead heading into the second quarter. Trailing 7-4, Lang and Burns scored two goals within 21 seconds to pull Harvard within 6-7, but the Minutemen struck last to take a 9-7 lead into half.
Back-to-back goals by Walker and Burns tied the game coming out of the break, 9-9, but again UMass answered with a 4-1 run for a 13-10 margin with 14:33 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Burns began the comeback, finding the back of the net off a feed from Keegan Michel, and Dwyer followed with a goal from point-blank range off a feed from Coleman, 13-12. Burns tied the game up with the freshman Coleman again assisting on the play, and Sean McDonagh barreled his way through traffic to net the game winner with 2:15 to play.
Williams won the ensuing faceoff but an untimely turnover gave the ball back to the Minutemen with a chance to tie. Moore came up with the play of the day as he stood tall against Nick Mariano's shot, and the Crimson ran out the remaining seconds to pick up its first win of the season.
Game Notes: Deke Burns scored a career-high seven goals, marking the most goals scored by a member of the Crimson since Jeff Cohen '12 totaled eight versus Michigan on March 31, 2012 … Deke Burns' hat trick was the third of his career … Devin Dwyer finished the day with three points (2g, 1a), extending his point-scoring streak to 20 games … Will Walker scored two goals, extending his goal-scoring streak to 11 games … Bryan Moore picked up his first career win, making three saves on four shots in 17:22 … Austin Williams won a career-high 16 face offs and matched his career-high with eight ground balls.