Harvard vs. Pennsylvania
March 24, 2007
The Game Story:
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Senior midfielder Carle Stenmark scored with 1:05 left in sudden-death overtime, lifting Harvard to a thrilling 7-6 win against Penn Saturday in front of 1,020 spectators at Jordan Field.

Stenmark's goal capped Harvard's comeback from a 6-4 fourth-quarter deficit as the Crimson scored the first three goals, and last three goals of the game. It gave Harvard its first win of the 2007 season as the Crimson improved to 1-4 overall and 1-0 in the Ivy League.

Penn, which played its third straight overtime game, fell to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the Ivies.

Harvard faced a two-goal deficit after Penn's Craig Andrzejewski scored his second goal of the game with 3:56 left in the third quarter, giving the Quakers a 6-4 lead. But the Crimson closed to within one when defensive midfielder Nick Smith cleared into the offensive zone and fired a 15-yard shot that beat Penn goalie Chris Casey with 9:41 left in regulation.

The Crimson tied it when freshman Jason Duboe took the ball on a restart in the offensive zone and stuffed a shot past Casey with 6:30 left.

Both sides had excellent chances to end it in regulation but Casey came up big on Greg Cohen's bid from 10 yards out with 35 seconds left to give Penn the last possession of the fourth quarter. The Quakers called timeout with 22 seconds left, and, on the restart, worked the ball to J.J. Lian, who was denied by Harvard goalie Joe Pike. The rebound kicked out to Penn's Garvey Heiderman in the closing seconds, but Heiderman's shot from five yards was blocked the the Crimson defense at the buzzer.

Harvard controlled the overtime period from the outset, as the Crimson took possession off a Penn violation. Casey came up with three big saves in the extra period as he stopped Cohen's outside shot before making a terrific save on Eric Posner's breakaway after Posner had intercepted a clearing pass. Stenmark threatened to end it with 2:20 left when he bounced a shot from 15 yards out that was sent wide by Casey, but Harvard's Max Motschwiller came up with the ground ball, keeping possession in the offensive zone.

The game-winner came when Stenmark broke free from the top of the box and fired a shot that beat Casey high from 10 yards.

Harvard had threatened to put the game out of reach early as the Crimson reeled off three goals before the Quakers could gain an offensive zone possession. Cohen scored an extra-man goal with 13:21 left in the first quarter, and Calvert scored a pair of goals five seconds apart to put Harvard ahead by three with 11:42 left in the period.

Penn chipped away by scoring six of the next seven goals in the game, however, as the Quakers held Harvard to just one goal through the second and third periods. Alex Salihi put Penn on the board with 4:19 left in the first quarter, and the Quakers used goals from Alex Weber and Andrzejewski to tie it at 3-3 with 3:44 left in the first half.

Cohen scored off the ensuing faceoff to put Harvard back on top, but Heiderman struck for Penn with 37 seconds left in the period to make it 4-4 at the break.

Lian gave Penn its first lead when he buried Andrzejewski's feed for an extra-man goal wiht 6:55 left in the third quarter, and Andrzejewski gave the Quakers a two-goal advantage when he struck with 3:56 left in the quarter.

Calvert finished with four points (2g, 2a) for Harvard, while Cohen had two goals to finish as the Crimson's only other mulitple-point scorer. Pike finished with seven saves, while Flood went 10 for 17 at the faceoff X and had a game-high six ground balls. Harvard's ride held Penn to just 13 for 20 on clears, including an 0-for-2 showing in overtime.

Penn was paced by a four-point effort from Andrzejewski, who finished as the only Quaker player with multiple points. Casey made 12 stops in the Penn cage.

Harvard is back in action next Saturday, when the Crimson takes on Denver in Denver, Colo. That game is scheduled to be televised on Fox Sports Rocky Mountain.