Yale vs. Harvard
April 22, 2006
The Game Story:
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Junior attackman Evan Calvert had career highs of five goals and six points, and Harvard enjoyed its best defensive effort in more than two years as the 17th-ranked Crimson overwhelmed Yale, 12-4, Saturday afternoon at a chilly and damp Johnson Field.

Calvert scored four goals in the first half as the Crimson stormed out to leads of 5-1 after the first quarter and 7-2 at halftime. Harvard's starting attack unit of Calvert, Greg Cohen and Brooks Scholl accounted for seven goals and five assists on the day, while attackman Steve Cohen came off the bench to register four points (3g, 1a).

The win, coupled with Cornell's win against Princeton Saturday, kept Harvard's Ivy League championship hopes alive. Harvard's win lifted the Crimson to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in the Ivy League, while Princeton and Cornell are now tied in the loss column with one league loss each. Harvard would now need to defeat Dartmouth in two weeks and see Cornell and Princeton lose their remaining Ivy games to claim the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

The Crimson took advantage of two early extra-man opportunities to gain a 3-1 first-quarter lead. The Cohen brothers connected on the game's first goal as Greg found Steve on the right side just 1:31 into the contest, but Yale came back with its first goal when Tyler Casertano wrapped a shot past Crimson goalie Evan O'Donnell with 10:51 left in the period.

Harvard responded by scoring the last four goals of the first quarter, as Calvert ripped a shot past Yale goalie George Carafides from 12 yards out to give the Crimson the lead before Calvert found Steve Cohen for an extra-man goal with 6:24 left to make it 3-1. Greg Cohen broke in for an unassisted goal with 5:25 left before Calvert sent a low shot past Carafides with 42 seconds left in the quarter to make it 5-1.

Yale closed the margin to three goals when Kyle Washabaugh scored to the short side to make it 5-2, but Calvert answered with a blast from 18 yards to make it a four-goal cushion with 5:58 left before halftime. Yale figured to get the last look in the first half, but Crimson longstick midfielder Peter Doyle forced a turnover in the midfield, picked up the ground ball, raced into the offensive zone and fed Calvert with nine seconds left in the half to give the Crimson a 7-2 lead into the break.

Yale scored 53 seconds into the third period on Christopher Kempner's shot to the top left, but Calvert answered with his fifth goal of the game when he scored off a rebound of his own shot midway through the quarter to make it 8-3.

Midfielder Tom Boylan bounced a shot past Carafides with 11:59 left in the fourth quarter to give the Crimson a six-goal cushion, and Brooks Scholl raced in and scored with 10:16 to play to make it 10-3. Steve Cohen completed his hat trick when he dove and bounced a shot past Carafides with 3:57 left to make it 11-3. Sophomore Liam Griff completed Harvard's scoring when he picked up his first career goal with 1:08 left to give the Crimson its largest lead at 12-3.

Calvert led all scorers with six points, while Greg Cohen and Steve Cohen both had four points. Scholl had a goal and an assist to finish as the Crimson's fourth multiple-goal scorer.

O'Donnell finished with five saves in the first half before yielding to freshman Joe Pike, who made seven stops in the second half. Craig Thomas played the final 1:19 and made one stop. Carafides made 11 saves in the Yale cage as the Bulldogs fell to 5-8 overall while finishing its Ivy League season at 1-5.

Harvard is back in action next Saturday when the Crimson faces No. 2 Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y., at 7:30 p.m.