Harvard vs. Fairfield
March 20, 2004
The Game Story:
CAMBRIDGE, MA - Senior Anders Johnson (Easton, MD) had a hat trick and freshman Greg Cohen (Syosset, NY) had two goals and three assists as Harvard pulled away from Fairifeld in the second half to take a 15-7 win against the Stags Saturday night at a cold and drizzly Jordan Field.

Harvard used a 6-0 run that spanned the second, third and fourth quarters to break a 5-5 tie and open up an 11-5 lead in taking its third win of the season.

Harvard threatened to run away with the game early, as Jake Samuelson (Newton, MA), Johnson, and Peter Doyle (Wellesley, MA) staked the Crimson to an early 3-0 lead. Fairfield got on the board when Greg Downing struck with 4:17 left in the first quarter, but Harvard sophomore attackman Sean Kane (Fairfax, VA) gave the Crimson a 4-1 lead at the end of the first quarter when he scored with 35 seconds left in the period.

The second quarter saw Fairfield tie the game at 4-4 with a 3-0 run of its ownas Rory McCarthy scored two goals and set up Downing's second goal of the night. McCarthy's second goal tied the score with 4:48 left before halftime.

Johnson put Harvard back on top with his second goal of the game, but Jacob Olson answered for Fairfield with 1:19 left in the period to make it 5-5.

Harvard won the ensuing face-off (its first face-off win to that point), and Cohen fed Mike McBride (Ridgewood, NJ) with 54 seconds left to make it 6-5. The turning point of the game came on the next sequence, however, as Fairfield's Garrett Bamann hit the post with his bid for the equalizer, and Cohen found Johnson on the fast break with just 27 seconds left for Johnson's third goal of the game, allowing Harvard to take a 7-5 lead into the break.

The Crimson scored twice in the third quarter as sophomore Steve Cohen (Syosset, NY) scored on an extra-man goal, and Jeff Gottschall (Swampscott, MA) struck late in the period to make it 9-5 after three. Greg Cohen and Steve Cohen scored back-to-back goals to start the fourth quarter to give the Crimson an 11-5 lead.

Johnson finished with his second hat trick in as many games for Harvard, while Greg Cohen, Steve Cohen, Gottschall and McBride had two goals each for the Crimson. Senior Jake McKenna (Darien, CT) made nine saves for Harvard, which improved to 3-1 on the year.

Fairfield was paced by McCarthy, who had a hat trick, while Downing finished with two goals. Michael Kruger made five saves and allowed 12 goals before yielding to Corey Gibbons, who played the final 6:32 of the game. The Stags fell to 4-2.