Harvard vs. Quinnipiac
March 30, 2004
The Game Story:
CAMBRIDGE, MA - Senior midfielder Jeff Gottschall (Swampscott, MA) scored four goals, and sophomore attackman Sean Kane (Fairfax, VA) had three as Harvard stormed out to a six-goal halftime lead on its way to a 9-3 win against Quinnipiac Tuesday night at a chilly Jordan Field.

The Crimson never trailed in the game as Harvard held a 2-0 lead after the first quarter before putting up five goals in the second period.

Harvard's defensive unit limited the Bobcats to just 22 shots, while the Crimson held Quinnipiac without a goal in two of the four quarters.

Kane scored both first-quarter goals in nearly identical fashion as he circled around the cage and tucked low shots past Bobcat goalie James Nastro.

Quinnipiac cut the lead in half early in the second quarter when Mike Stottler converted a feed from Eric Trama. But Harvard answered when freshman attackman Brian Mahler (Birmingham, MI) buried a pass from freshman attackman Greg Cohen (Syosset, NY) with 12:07 left. Mahler fed Gottschall for the eventual game-winner with 6:30 left before Gottschall put home a Cohen feed with 4:10 left in the second quarter, giving Harvard a 5-1 lead.

Kane picked up his hat trick with 1:18 left before halftime, and Harvard added the backbreaker just seconds later as Alex Vap (Chevy Chase, MD) won the ensuing face-off to freshman middie Adam Mahfouda (Hewlett Harbor, NY), who raced in and scored with 1:09 left to give the Crimson a 7-1 advantage through two quarters.

Gottschall scored his third goal of the game just 1:03 into the fourth quarter after Quinnipiac was penalized for having too many players on the field.

Trama and Andy Pelletier scored back-to-back goals for the Bobcats to make it 8-3, but Gottschall iced it with 1:01 left in the third quarter with his fourth goal of the evening.

The lead was more than enough for Harvard senior goalie Jake McKenna (Darien, CT), who made 13 saves, including nine in the second half to maintain the Crimson's comfortable lead.

Nastro finished with 16 saves for Quinnipiac, which fell to 1-6.

Harvard, which improved to 4-2 on the year, remained unbeaten at Jordan Field this season (3-0). The Crimson takes to the road for its next game, a Saturday matchup against No. 16 Denver in Denver, CO.