Denver vs. Harvard
March 29, 2008
The Game Story:
DENVER – Junior Cliff Smith (Surrey, B.C.) scored the game-winner and freshman Jamie Lincoln (St. Cathariens, Ontario) recorded four goals as the No. 20 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated Harvard 10-9 in overtime at Barton Lacrosse Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Denver (6-4) was led by Lincoln’s four goal effort. Smith had two goals while sophomore Ilija Gajic (Burnaby, B.C.) and senior Brett Koll (Fort Collins, Colo.) each recorded one goal and two assists.

Harvard (4-4) received four goals from Zach Widbin while Jason Duboe had two.

“It was a great, hard-fought battle,” head coach Jamie Munro said. “Harvard is a class program, and I’m proud of our guys for hanging in there. We have the momentum going into conference play this weekend.”

Senior Jon Paulson (Flemington, N.J.) got the Pioneers on the board first as freshman Jamie MacDonald (Providence, R.I.) fed Paulson on the break.

Late in the first, Gajic gave the Pioneers the 2-0 advantage with a goal at 4:09, but Nick Smith answered for Harvard 10 seconds later.

Harvard even the score at 2-2 as Duboe scored on the man-up advantage with just 1:47 remaining in the first period.

Lincoln registered his 20th goal of the season and gave Denver a 3-2 lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Koll assisted on the goal.

However, Harvard evened the score 1:44 later when Duboe again found the back of the net.

The Crimson took its first lead of the game at 4-3 with 8:08 to play in the half on a Widbin goal. Harvard then received goals from Tony Burr and Widbin to head into the intermission leading the Pioneers 6-3.

Koll and Lincoln scored back-to-back unassisted goals for the Pioneers in the first two minutes of the half, but Widbin scored his third goal of the game for the Crimson with 9:01 to play in the third and extended Harvard’s lead back to two at 7-5.

Freshman Emerson Eichler brought DU within one at 7-6 with less than two minutes to play in the third quarter. Gajic assisted on the goal, but Widbin scored for Harvard with just 12 seconds remaining.

Lincoln scored his third goal of the game on an assist from Paulson midway through the fourth quarter to again bring Denver within one. The freshman scored his fourth goal of the day to tie the game at 8-8 less than two minutes later off an assist from Gajic.

Harvard took the 9-8 lead with 4:50 remaining on a Max Motschwiller goal, but Smith tied the game with 1:06 to play.

After the Crimson kept possession for the first two minutes of the overtime stanza, the Pioneers used Smith’s second goal of the game to win after 2:57 of extra time. Sophomore Charley Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) assisted on the goal.

“I’ve been struggling as of late,” Smith said. “It was nice to get the monkey off my back. This was a huge win for us going into conference play.”

With his four goals today, Lincoln moved into third among DU’s top freshman goal scorers. Current assistant coach Matt Brown scored 32 in his rookie campaign, and Gajic netted 24 goals last year as a freshman. Lincoln now has 23 goals this season.

Junior Austin Konkel (Aurora, Colo.) made nine saves for the Pioneers while Harvard goaltender Joe Pike had 17. Denver outshot Harvard 41-33 in the game.

DU travels to Chicago, Ill., to face No. 7 Notre Dame on Saturday, April 5 at noon MT.