Stony Brook vs. Harvard
February 28, 2009
The Game Story:
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Sophomore Dean Gibbons was one of eight Crimson players to find the back of the net as No. 14 Harvard downed Stony Brook, 12-4, Saturday afternoon at LaValle Stadium. Gibbons, who scored four goals and added an assist in his 2009 debut, helped the Crimson improve to 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2005.

Freshman Kevin Vaughan scored his first two collegiate goals, while six other players in a Harvard uniform scored at least once. Freshman Jeff Cohen, coming off NEILA Co-Player of the Week and Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors, had a goal and two assists. Junior Jesse Fehr had four assists in the game, teaming up with Gibbons for all four of them.

The Crimson struck early and often as Gibbons and junior Travis Burr put the visiting team up 2-0 early in the first period. Fehr and Gibbons teamed up for a man-up goal to put the Crimson up 3-0 with 1:25 remaining in the first period. The Seawolves won the next face-off and found the back on the net 13 seconds later to get on the board. Harvard increased its lead to 5-1 in the second when Gibbons found Vaughan for the open shot and Cohen fed Gibbons a pass for another Crimson tally.

Harvard struck five times in the third frame to open up a 10-1 advantage. The Crimson capitalized on several Stony Brook penalties, scoring on back-to-back man-up opportunities in the opening minutes of the third period. The Seawolves took advantage of Harvard’s only penalty when Stony Brook’s Jordan McBride scored on a fee from Tom Compitello with 10:12 left to play. The home team scored another tally five and a half minutes later to cut the deficit to 10-3. Senior Jeff Wannop scored an insurance goal for the Crimson with 2:43 remaining in the game and sophomore Matt Hull added the final Crimson tally with 46 ticks on the clock. McBride got off one more goal for the Seawolves in the final two minutes as well.

Senior Eric Posner picked four of the Crimson’s 33 ground balls, while classmate Nick Smith had three ground balls and two caused turnovers in the win.

Harvard outshot the home team, 30-18, while the Seawolves won 12 of the 20 face-offs. Joe Pike made six saves in the net and allowed just two goals in 54:28 of action. Rookie Christian Coates came in for the final 5:32 of the game and made two saves, while allowing two scores.

The Crimson hosts intrastate rival Massachusetts Saturday, Match 7 in its home opener at 1 p.m. The game will be played on Cumnock Turf.