Harvard vs. Holy Cross
May 1, 2004
The Game Story:
WORCESTER, MA - Sophomore attackman Sean Kane had a hat trick in the first half and junior attackman Mike McBride finished with a game-high seven points as Harvard jumped out to a 13-goal lead through three quarters before taking a 19-9 win against Holy Cross Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center Astroturf.

Harvard scored on four of its first six shots, held a 5-1 lead after the first quarter, and led, 11-3, at halftime. The Crimson's starting attack unit of Kane, McBride and freshman Greg Cohen accounted for seven goals and four assists.

Eleven different players scored goals for Harvard, which finished with a 44-26 advantage in shots and won 20 of 32 face-offs on the day. The Crimson improved to 10-0 in its all-time series against Holy Cross.

The Crimson took control of the game early, as Cohen scored just 1:13 after the opening face-off, Tom Boylan struck just 1:10 after Cohen's goal, and Brian Mahler buried a McBride feed just five seconds after Holy Cross had taken a time-out.

The Crusaders closed within two on Billy Klotz's fast-break goal, but Mahler and Kane came up with back-to-back goals for Harvard to give the Crimson a four-goal lead after 15 minutes.

Holy Cross scored its second goal off of its ride when Klotz came up with a loose ball as Harvard was attempting to clear and fired it into an empty cage to make it 5-2. But Harvard came back with three straight goals to build an 8-2 lead as McBride fed Kane from behind the cagge with 10:51 left in the period before McBride converted a Mahler feed with 9:25 left. And after Holy Cross was flagged for slashing on McBride's scoring play, Harvard went ahead by six when Anders Johnson cashed in on the man-up situation, putting home Jeff Gottschall's feed with 8:50 left in the first half.

The Crusaders stopped the run Grant Cowherd's second-period goal, but Harvard came right back with another extra-man goal as Steve Cohen put home a Gottschall feed just nine seconds into Harvard's man-advantage situation. That goal sparked the Crimson's 10-0 run that put the game out of reach.

Harvard did all of the scoring in the third quarter, putting five goals on the board and scored the first two goals of the fourth period before Holy Cross came up with six of the last seven scores.

McBride finished with two goals and five assists for the Crimson, while Kane had three goals and an assist. Gottschall had three assists for Harvard, and Mahler, Boylan, Johnson, Greg Cohen and Evan Calvert all had two goals.

Senior goalie Jake McKenna finished with 11 saves and allowed just three goals in three quarters before yielding to senior Rob Bateman, who made two fourth-quarter stops. The Crimson improved to 7-5 with the win.

Holy Cross was led by Klotz, who had a game-high four goals. Goalie Brian Hodgdon made 19 saves for the Crusaders, who ended their season at 5-9.

Harvard completes its 2004 season May 8, when the Crimson faces Dartmouth at 7 p.m. at Jordan Field.