Harvard vs. Cornell
April 10, 2004
The Game Story:
CAMBRIDGE, MA - Freshman midfielder Brian Clayton snuck a 20-yard shot into the cage 1:42 into sudden-death overtime to complete 16th-ranked Cornell's comeback from a two-goal fourth-quarter deficit, lifting the Big Red to a 9-8 win against Harvard Saturday afternoon at a packed Jordan Field.

Harvard had led, 8-6, with 4:41 left in the game following junior attackman Mike McBride's second goal of the game. But Cornell struck just 58 seconds later when Justin Redd fed Mike Riordan with 3:43 left to make it a one-goal game.

Harvard won the ensuing face-off, and controlled possession for the next two minutes, passing on a pair of high-percentage shots in an effort to run the clock down. But Cornell got the ball back when Greg Cohen, who was bringing the ball along the top of the box, tiptoed out inside the final two minutes. The Big Red took the ball downfield and worked it to Redd, who found midfielder Joe Boulukos at the top left corner. Boulukos ripped a high shot past Crimson goalie Jake McKenna with 54 seconds left in regulation.

The Crimson won the opening face-off of overtime and held possession for a minute before Cornell's Tim DeBlois picked up a loose ball to give possession to the visitors. Cornell called time-out with 2:47 left in the overtime period and scored shortly after the restart as Redd found Clayton up top for the game-winner.

The deciding goal was just the second goal of the year for Clayton, and it capped a 3-0 Big Red run to end the game.

The teams had traded goals through the first half, and Cornell took a 4-3 lead into the break. But Harvard appeared to take control in the third quarter as the Crimson held the Big Red without a goal, allowing the hosts to reel off three unanswered scores. Sophomore attackman Sean Kane scored the second and third goals of his hat trick to put the Crimson on top, 5-4, and sophomore midfielder Tom Boylan struck with 1:43 left in the third quarter to give the Crimson a two-goal lead after three.

Cornell longstick Doug Needham brought the Big Red back within one with his second goal of the game as he finished an end-to-end rush with 13:14 left in regulation. But Harvard again made it a two-goal game when sophomore middie Jake Samuelson ripped a high shot past Cornell goalie Matt McMonagle with 9:53 left to give the Crimson a 7-5 lead.

Redd came back with an unassisted goal with 8:31 left to make it 7-6, but McBride stuffed home a Cohen feed with 4:41 left to give Harvard the 8-6 edge.

Harvard finished with a slight advantage in shots (35-33), while Cornell had 38 ground balls to the Crimson's 32. Big Red face-off specialist Scott Raasch won 13 of 20 battles at the X, and Cornell was 1 for 2 in extra-man situations, while playing penalty-free lacrosse.

Redd, Boulukos, and Needham finished with two goals each for Cornell, while McMonagle made three saves and allowed just two goals in 18:25 to pick up the win. Starting goalie Brandon Ross made nine saves and allowed six goals in 43:17. The Big Red improved to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Ivy League.

Kane had a hat trick to lead Harvard, while McBride finished with two goals, and Cohen had three assists. McKenna made 13 saves and allowed nine goals for the Crimson, which fell to 4-4 overall and 0-2 in the Ivy League.