Harvard vs. Presbyterian
March 27, 2009
The Game Story:
MARIETTA, Ga. – Dean Gibbons tallied a career-high five goals and had an assist and Matt Hull recorded a hat trick and handed out three assists for a career-day of his own to guide the No. 13 Harvard men’s lacrosse team to a 17-2 non-conference victory over Presbyterian Friday evening. In a neutral game played at Raider Valley, Joe Pike picked up his fifth victory of the season, making four saves.

After Gibbons opened the scoring off a pass from Jeff Cohen at 13:50, the Blue Hose responded to tie the game on a tally by Devin Pinkston at 12:04. The Crimson offense then took over, as Harvard (5-2) rattled off nine consecutive goals to grab a 10-2 lead at the half.

Cohen started the run at 11:43 after receiving an assist from Dave Dobrosky. A minute later, Cohen found Gibbons for his second goal of the quarter, as Gibbons made it a 3-1 contest. At 7:17, Nick Sapia found the back of the net on an unassisted goal before Gibbons completed his hat trick at 6:25. With two minutes remaining in the opening frame, Jesse Fehr passed the ball to Terry White, who fired past Presbyterian goalie Jon Athens, giving the Crimson a 6-1 lead after the first 15 minutes of play.

Gibbons picked up his fourth goal less than a minute into the second, before Jason Duboe and Travis Burr teamed up for Burr’s first goal of the evening at 10:06. Hull tallied back-to-back goals at 5:03 and 4:48, to put Harvard ahead, 10-1. Through two quarters, Harvard held Presbyterian to only six shots, while mustering 22 of its own. The Crimson also led in ground balls, 21-8.

The Crimson played flawless defense in the second half, keeping Presbyterian (0-9) off the scoreboard in the two frames. Midway through the quarter, Burr netted the only man-up goal of the contest, as he snuck a shot past Athens at 7:38. Later in the period, Dan McDermott and Hull scored at 3:06 and 2:20, respectively, as Harvard earned a 14-2 lead.

Harvard continued its offensive onslaught in the fourth, beginning with a tally by Greg Gilroy at 13:21. After nearly 10 minutes without a goal, Daniel DiMaria put himself on the score sheet at 3:45, and McDermott followed with a goal only eight seconds later.

Christian Coates took over for Pike late in the third period and stopped four shots, while allowing no goals in 15:16 of action. Sam Michel finished the game between the pipes for Harvard, making one save in the fourth. Harvard owned the final count in shots, 34-14, and won 15-of-23 face-offs in the game, including nine by Christian Oberbeck. Andrew Parchman claimed six face-offs and also grabbed a team-high six ground balls.

The two goals allowed by the Crimson was the least since Harvard earned an 11-2 victory at Hartford March 11, 2008.