Harvard vs. Dartmouth
May 8, 2004
The Game Story:
CAMBRIDGE, MA - Junior goalie Andrew Goldman made 12 saves and allowed just two goals as 20th-ranked Dartmouth held Harvard without a goal for the last 37 minutes and 54 seconds of the Big Green's 6-2 win against the Crimson Saturday night in the season finale for both teams at Jordan Field.

The game closed the book on the 2004 Ivy League season and lifted Dartmouth (8-5, 3-3 Ivy) into a third--place tie with Penn in the final standings. Harvard (7-6, 2-4 Ivy) finished the year tied with Brown for fifth place in the Ivy League.

Harvard finished with a 31-27 advantage in shots, but the Dartmouth close defense limited the Crimson to just 14 shots on goal. When Harvard was able to get clean looks in the second half, Goldman was up to the task as he made eight of his 12 stops in the final 30 minutes, including five fourth-quarter saves.

The Crimson took its only lead of the game when sophomore attackman Sean Kane converted a feed from freshman Brian Mahler from the top-left of the box with 11:42 left in the first quarter.

Dartmouth tied it with 6:35 left in the first period on Alec Hufnagel's goal, and the Big Green struck with 10 seconds left in the quarter when Brandon Wright cashed in on a fast break, putting home a feed from Jesse Kelmpner. Goldstein had started the break with a big save on Kane followed by a quick outlet pass in the closing seconds.

Dartmouth took a 3-1 lead on a broken play as Ben Grinnell won a loose ball and found Tom Daniels, who raced in and beat Harvard goalie Jake McKenna with 11:43 left in the second quarter.

Harvard closed to within one before halftime when Mahler took a pass from Kane in the high slot, beat his man and bounced a shot past Goldstein with 7:54 left in the half to make it 3-2. But that turned out to be the last time that Harvard would score.

Dartmouth got the backbreaking goals late in the third quarter as Daniels put home a feed from Grinnell with the Big Green on an extra-man situation. After Harvard won the ensuing face-off, Dartmouth's Jamie Coffin checked the ball loose in the midfield, picked up the ground ball, and raced in and scored to give the Big Green a 5-2 lead with 3:20 left in the third period.

Coffin gave the visitors a four-goal lead when he finished a spectacular individual effort with 11:41 left.

Coffin and Daniels finished with two goals each for Dartmouth, while Goldstein had a game-high eight ground balls to go with his 12 saves.

Mahler was the only multiple-point scorer for Harvard as he finished with a goal and an assist. Senior midfielder Alex Vap won 10 of 12 face-offs for the Crimson, while McKenna finished with 11 saves and a team-high four ground balls. Harvard was without the services of two of its regular starting defensemen as seniors Spencer Stenmark and Hani Malone suffered season-ending injuries in the last week.