Harvard Opens 9-6 Over Duke

Harvard Opens 9-6 Over Duke

Harvard Opens 9-6 Over Duke

Harvard Opens 9-6 Over Duke

DURHAM, N.C. – The Crimson opened its season in dramatic fashion Sunday, as the men’s lacrosse team toppled No. 5 Duke, 9-6, at Koskinen Stadium. Harvard led 3-1 at the midway point and never looked back as the team earned its first victory over a top-10 opponent under John Tillman, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse, who is in his second year at helm of the Crimson.

Harvard freshman Jeff Cohen led all scorers with a hat trick and an assist for four points in his collegiate debut, while Travis Burr netted two goals and Max Motschwiller had a goal and two assists. Eric Posner grabbed six ground balls, and Sam Slaughter and Andrew Parchman had four apiece.

In net, Joe Pike made nine saves in 59:55 and held Duke scoreless in the second quarter, helping Harvard begin the year 1-0, while the Blue Devils fall to 2-1. The Crimson held Duke to its fewest goals scored since 2005. Goalie Rob Schroeder had 10 stops between the pipes for Duke.

"Today's win was about being prepared and executing our game plan," Tillman said. "Coach (Kevin) Warne did a great job getting the defense ready to play today. A bunch of guys stepped up for us on offense and we made the best of our opportunities."

The Blue Devils tallied the first quarter’s only goal at 11:56 as Steve Schoeffel capitalized on an unassisted chance. After being shut out early on, Harvard controlled play in the second quarter, as the team got three shots past Schroeder and into the cage. Cohen jumped right into the action in his debut and got the Crimson on the scoreboard with a goal at 11:09 after he received a pass from Motschwiller.

Just 28 seconds later, Cohen gave Harvard its first lead of the day as he blasted a shot on a man-up opportunity at the 10:41 mark. With five minutes remaining in the half, Nick Sapia collected his second straight assist on a man-up chance, as he fed Burr for a goal, giving the Crimson a 3-1 lead entering the half. After the first 30 minutes, Harvard led in shots, 24-7, at the half, including a 12-3 advantage in the second quarter.

Duke battled back early on in the third to tie the game on back-to-back scores by Brad Ross and Max Quinzani. With 4:41 left to play in the stanza, Jason Duboe began a stretch of four straight tallies by the Crimson to end the quarter. Cohen completed his hat trick with an unassisted goal at 3:40, followed by another tally by Burr at 1:54. Motschwiller followed with the eventual game-winner with only nine ticks left in the third, giving Harvard a 7-3 lead with only 15 minutes left to play.

Ned Crotty cut the Crimson lead to 7-4 with an early score in the fourth, but Jesse Fehr gave Harvard its second four-goal lead off a pass from Cohen at 10:39. Duke rattled off two more goals at 5:08 and 2:05 by Ross and Schoeffel. Jeff Wannop capped the scoring with Harvard’s ninth tally when he dumped the ball behind Schroeder with five second remaining in the game.

The Crimson held the final count in shots, 45-29, and won 10-of-17 faceoffs on the afternoon. Harvard was also successful on 19-of-21 clear attempts, including a perfect 10-for-10 mark in the first half of play.

The Crimson will remain on the road to face Stony Brook Saturday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m.

Photos: Mark Abbott

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Here we go again......again.............
    by (#78222) on 2/22/09 @7:17PM
Quinzani's pocket is illegal..pic 16...he's thumbing the pocket pic 14.
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    by (#91254) on 2/22/09 @8:31PM
Clearly in pic 14 he is not actually "thumbing the ball" the phrase I think you were looking for because no one "thumbs their pocket" but his thumb is obviously in front of his head from the angle shown or maybe grazing the outside of the plastic. I will give you that his pocket looks deep in pic 16 but even if his stick was illegal or he was trying to cheat, it didnt help this game with him only scoring one goal in a losing effort against Harvard!??!
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doesn't matter
    by (#21073) on 2/23/09 @12:16AM
it doesn't matter whether he is thumbing the ball or not, it is illegal to touch any part of the plastic at any point, hence yes what he is doing is illegal.

Props to Lax.com they have had many instances of catching illegal sticks
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not necessarily illegal
    by (#123571) on 2/25/09 @5:15PM
yo he could just have it in motion and because of the force against the ball it would appear to be illegal. It might be very close to illegal. You cant tell from an action shot like this
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    by (#144723) on 2/22/09 @9:49PM
ahahha duke sucks
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Harvard Coach John Tillman Is The Man!
    by (#136419) on 2/23/09 @12:20AM
Yep! He played a huge part in Navy's recruiting and on-field success for many years. And I know that he will do a fine job at Harvard. Assuming he does, it will be interesting to see if he stays at Harvard forever or takes a job at one of the most prestigious lacrosse programs, ie. Duke or Maryland.
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    by (#176829) on 2/23/09 @5:35PM
Number one i live in md number 2 i dont think duke is that good this year as maryland. and numer 3 DUKE SUCK!!!!!!
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    by (#142666) on 2/25/09 @12:57PM
Do you have any more insights to share?
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A tale of 2 programs
    by (#142666) on 2/23/09 @11:07AM
Harvard is more hungry and more talented than any team under previous coach Scott Anderson. Tillman is a definite difference-maker.

As for Duke, their golden era is over -- with no NCAA titles to show for several tremendous seasons and a wealth of talent. They're in trouble this year -- only 26 goals scored through the first 3 games (compared to 50 in '08) -- and lucky they're not currently sitting at 1-2!
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Can John Danowski RECRUIT At The Highest Level?
    by (#136419) on 2/23/09 @11:28AM
I don't think he is half-bad as a coach, and he did a fine job coaching and recruiting(for what he had to offer) at Hofstra. His coaching at Duke hasn't been bad, either. But, recruiting has been a different story. And, this is the first year where a lot of the talent is his and not ex-coach Mike Pressler's.

There have been plenty of examples throughout college sports history of coaches who could really get it done at more the mid-major level but couldn't get it done at the HIGHEST level. Could Danowski be the latest example.
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    by (#117375) on 2/24/09 @9:38AM
Duke still being a veteran team. How could they fold under Harvard? Harvard a team that was once thought to be simply a scrimmage game for most team trumps Duke? Duke is really starting of its season pretty bad.
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    by (#142666) on 2/24/09 @2:04PM
Mike Pressler's imprint at Duke is officially over, Danowski's era is in full swing, and Zack Greer has chosen to finish his NCAA eligibility at Bryant College. Duke won't be playing in Foxboro this year. There's a new world order in D1 lax.
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haha yes!
    by (#169967) on 2/24/09 @9:26PM
i just came back from uva deystroying mt. st. mary and it was cold. but what ev, duke sux and this proves my point they cant do anything without danownski and greer yes they were that good. the only reason they were good last year is cuz what happened in 06. they have to realy on one of two players they arnt a team like uva, duke sux! but good job to harvard to sticking it to them!
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    by (#144664) on 2/25/09 @5:34PM
lol yes! duke = overrated

this is going to be a great season.
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    by (#196404) on 2/26/09 @6:29PM
Duke sucks! how did they lose to a bunch of ivy league kids?

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    by (#142666) on 2/26/09 @9:52PM
A: the same way they usually lose to Ivies (ie: Cornell in '07 AND '06)
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A little different...
    by (#109373) on 2/27/09 @8:09PM
Cornell was amazing in 06 and 07 though.... if i'm remembering correctly. They made it to the 07 semi final...
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    by (#142666) on 3/02/09 @3:27PM
However my reply goes beyond Duke-Cornell outcomes. Inanthegreat (a few posts above) apparently lacks an appreciation of Ivy lacrosse, so how do we account for the machine that rolled Johns Hopkins in Baltimore Saturday?
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    by (#109373) on 3/05/09 @7:57PM
I see your point
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