Yale vs. Harvard
April 20, 2002
The Game Story:
NEW HAVEN, Conn. Eric Wenzel had a season high 20 saves as the 11th ranked Yale Bulldogs handed the Harvard Crimson their seventh straight loss by a score of 6-5 at Johnson Field.

Yale's seniors, who were honored before the game, completed a clean sweep of the Crimson, going 4-0 for their Bulldog careers. The victory was Yale's season-high fourth in a row.

Sophomore midfielder Scott Kenworthy led Yale with one goal and two assists, while Edward Britt scored two goals for the Elis. Harvard's five goals were spread among five different scorers.

The Bulldogs held leads of 4-1 and 6-3 over the Crimson, never trailing in the contest. Harvard scored the only two goals of the fourth quarter pulling within one on Jay Wick's goal with 5:39 remaining. Harvard's first of the final stanza came when Doug Logigian shot one over Wenzel's right shoulder with 11:44 left.

Harvard controlled the ball for most of the fourth quarter before the Elis regained possession with about five minutes remaining. After Yale managed to burn about four minutes off of the clock, Harvard regained the ball with 1:04 left to play, trailing 6-5. Logigian's 20 foot shot with 25 seconds left was blocked by Yale's Todd Montgomery, who corralled the ground ball for the Bulldogs. Harvard had one final chance with 10 seconds left, but Doug Kocis' pass was knocked down by Montgomery, sealing the win for Yale.

Harvard outshot the Elis 50-30, and won 10 of 14 faceoffs, but could not solve Wenzel and the Yale defense, which has given up just 10 goals in the last two games. "The play of Eric Wenzel and our defense was outstanding," said Yale head coach Mike Waldvogel. "The defense handled the pressure with poise. The first H-Y-P championship for us in 13 years and having a senior class that never lost to Harvard are huge."

Edward Britt burst in front of the crease with 6:33 left in the first quarter to open up the scoring for the Elis. Ryan Capilupi then flipped one in with 5:10 to go in the first, giving Yale a 2-0 lead. Harvard cut the lead to one on a Matt Primm goal with 3:27 to go in the first. Yale's Scott Kenworthy finished off the scoring in the period, netting one from the right side with 24 seconds left in the opening quarter.

Tucker Foote opened up the scoring in the second for Yale, flicking one past Jake McKenna with 9:50 left, to give Yale a 4-1 lead. Harvard narrowed the Yale lead to two on Michael Baly's goal with 6:13 left in the half. James Christian followed that up with another Crimson goal with 1:34 remaining, just seconds after a Yale penalty had expired.

Edward Britt opened the scoring in the second half for Yale, notching his second goal of the game with 6:40 left in the third. The Bulldogs then stretched the lead back out to three with 3:01 left in the third, as Marko Lujic netted one off of Mike Scaglione's second assist of the contest.