Harvard vs. Brown
April 10, 2007
The Game Story:
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Freshman midfielder Jason Duboe had his first career hat trick, and sophomore goalie Joe Pike made a career-high 16 saves as Harvard scored three unanswered goals in the last 2:39 to take a 9-6 win against No. 20 Brown Tuesday night at Harvard Stadium.

It was the first night men's lacrosse game in the near-104-year history of Harvard Stadium, and it was the Crimson's first appearance in the storied facility since 1990.

Harvard closed Tuesday's game by scoring the last three goals after Brown had overcome a 6-2 fourth-quarter deficit.

The Crimson appeared to have the game in hand when Duboe's second goal of the game gave the Crimson a four-goal cushion with 13:23 left in regulation. But Brown rallied midway through the period as Alex Buckley's extra-man goal cut the Crimson lead to 6-3, and Thomas Muldoon scored the second of his three goals with 9:13 left. The Bears' David Madeira scored an extra-man goal with 8:34 left to make it a one-goal game before Muldoon completed his hat trick with 3:10 to play, tying the game at 6-6.

Harvard head coach Scott Anderson called timeout at that point, and whatever he told his team apparently worked as senior middie Brian Mahler raced in alone and beat Brown goalie Jordan Burke with 2:39 to play for what turned out to be the game-winner. Duboe followed with a rip from 10 yards out with 1:58 left to give Harvard a valuable insurance goal, and Max Motschwiller iced it with 20 seconds left.

The Crimson had gained the early lead on the strength of a first quarter that saw Harvard score the only three goals of the period while outshooting the visitors by a 13-3 margin. Senior attackman Greg Cohen scored the first two goals of the game, and Carle Stenmark's shot from 15 yards gave Harvard a 3-0 lead with 6:33 left in the quarter.

Brown controlled play in the second quarter, however, as the Bears fired 13 shots in the period. But Pike came up big, making seven saves in the second quarter, allowing only Jack Walsh's goal 26 seconds into the period.

Harvard added to its lead late in the third quarter as Duboe and Evan Calvert scored late goals to make it 5-1. But Muldoon scored with 22 seconds left in the third to bring Brown within three after 45 minutes. Duboe made it a 6-2 Harvard lead on a spectacular individual effort as he dodged two Brown players in close before beating Burke with 13:23 left in the fourth quarter.

Duboe led all Harvard players with his three-point night, while Cohen, Motschwiller and Stenmark all had two points, and sophomore longstick middie Eric Posner had a game-high seven ground balls for the Crimson. Pike, whose previous career high was 12 saves, matched that number early in the third quarter on his way to a 16-save effort Tuesday. Harvard improved to 3-5 overall and 2-1 in the Ivy League with the win.

Muldoon had three goals for Brown, while Kyle Hollingsworth had three assists for the Bears to finish as the only multiple-point scorers. Burke finished with 13 saves for Brown, which fell to 6-4 overall and 1-2 in the Ivies.

Harvard is back in action Saturday, when the Crimson takes on fifth-ranked Princeton in Princeton, N.J.