Denver vs. Harvard
April 3, 2004
The Game Story:
DENVER - Nine different Pioneers scored in the University of Denver men's lacrosse team's 10-7 win over Harvard on Saturday, April 3, at Pioneer Field. In a close game, the score was tied twice and there were three lead changes. The win extends the Pioneers' winning streak to two games and boosts their record to 5-2 on the season, while the Crimson falls to 4-3.

The Crimson struck first as Greg Cohen sent a pass from behind the net to Brian Mahler to give Harvard an early lead. Sophomore Adam Miller (Columbus, Ohio) was quick to respond as he answered with his sixth goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1. Harvard's Tom Boylan added an unassisted goal with 10:05 remaining to put the score at 2-1. With under one minute left in the quarter, senior Andrew Huelskoetter (St. Louis, Mo.) and junior Matt Brown (Burnaby, B.C.) each added unassisted goals to put the Pioneers up 3-2 heading into the second period.

The defense of both teams kept the game scoreless until Harvard's Sean Kane tied the score at 3-3 with 6:28 remaining in the half. With 2:05 left, Kane scored his second goal of the game to give the Crimson a 4-3 lead. Taking advantage of the last minute of the half, the Pioneers came out of a timeout and scored with 18 seconds remaining. Junior Darren Sasaki-Scanlon (Norwalk, Conn.) fed a pass to junior Scott Davidson (Guilford, Conn.) who took a quick shot to tie the score at 4-4 at the end of the half.

Brown scored his second goal of the game to start the third period and give Denver its third lead of the game. The Pioneers had three-consecutive shots on goal but Harvard's Jake McKenna was solid in goal and prevented Denver from scoring. Kane completed his hat trick with 7:35 remaining in the quarter to tie the score once again at 5-5. Steve Cohen scored his tenth goal of the season to pull ahead, before sophomore Greg Weigel (Port Republic, Md.) tallied his own goal to tie the score at 6-6 with 3:31 left in the quarter. The combination of sophomores Adam Goodwin (Columbus, Ohio) and Greer Hanlon (Libertyville, Ill.), and junior Sasaki-Scanlon contributed three late-period goals to give Denver its biggest lead of the game and leave the score at 9-6 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Crimson's Jake Samuelson added a goal with 8:14 to cut Denver's lead to two. Senior Jeff Biggs (St. Louis, Mo.) answered Samuelson's goal to extend Denver's lead back to three with 6:59 remaining in the game. The Crimson failed to capitalize on two Denver penalties in the last two minutes of the game as Denver sealed the 10-7 victory.

Harvard's Kane led all scorers with three goals. Brown led Denver with two and eight other Pioneers added one apiece. Junior goalie Brian Sanders (Columbus, Ohio) was strong in goal, tallying nine saves and facing 32 shots.

The Pioneers return to action next Thursday, April 8, when they open conference play at home against Fairfield at 7:30 p.m.