Harvard vs. Fairfield
March 18, 2006
The Game Story:
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Greg Downing scored four goals and goalie Michael Kruger made 20 saves as Fairfield won a 7-5 defensive battle against Harvard Saturday afternoon in the Crimson's home opener at Jordan Field.

The Stags used a 3-0 run through the third and fourth quarters to break open what had been a 3-3 game. The Crimson scored back-to-back goals midway through the fourth quarter to close within one, but Downing's fourth goal iced it for Fairfield with 1:07 left.

Harvard finished with a 41-25 advantage in shots, but the Crimson hit the post on four shots, and Kruger was up to the task on the others.

The Stags jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to the efforts of midfielder Dan Boudreau, who scored the first goal on a one-handed wraparound shot and set up Downing's first goal with 11:37 left in the first quarter.

The Crimson answered with two of its own to tie the game, however, as Jake Samuelson picked up his second of the season, and Greg Cohen got his team-leading ninth of the year.

Downing provided the only scoring of the second quarter as he got his second of the game just 29 seconds before halftime to give the Stags a 3-2 lead at the break. But Harvard took advantage of a Fairfield penalty when Steve Cohen put home a feed from Evan Calvert with the man advantage, tying the game at 3-3 with 11:25 left in the third.

Downing completed his hat trick with 8:17 left in the period when he finished a feed from Chris Manley. Harvard outshot the Stags by a 14-3 margin in the third quarter, but it was the Stags who held a 4-3 lead after 45 minutes.

Brandan Finnerty struck with 14:02 left in the fourth quarter to give Fairfield a two-goal lead, and Travis Nelson scored his 10th of the year to put the Stags ahead, 6-3, with 11:40 left.

But Harvard threatened midway through the fourth quarter as Calvert fed Steve Cohen, who dove in front and tucked a low shot past Kruger for his second man-advantage goal of the day. Crimson attackman Brooks Scholl followed just 1:02 later when he bounced a shot to the short side past Kruger to make it 6-5 with 6:44 left.

Harvard had four shots at the tying goal in the following two minutes, but Kruger made two big stops on Sean Kane, and Kane hit the post with another attempt. The Crimson turned the ball over on its following three possessions, and the Stags were able to get an insurance goal on Downing's fourth of the day with 1:07 to play.

Boudreau finished with a goal and an assist and joined Downing as the only multiple-point scorers for Fairfield, which improved to 3-2 with the win.

Harvard got two goals from Steve Cohen, while Calvert had two assists. Evan O'Donnell made seven saves in goal in the first half, while Joe Pike made four second-half stops for Harvard, which fell to 2-2 on the year.