(Cambridge, MA) - Harvard honored the veteran members of their squad with the timeless gift of a big win in front of 2,827 fans. The Crimson celebrated Senior Day with traditional pre-game pleasantries and punctuated the afternoon with a solid victory over the Tigers for the first time in 20 years. Princeton had entered the game undefeated in league play and then dropped to 9-3 overall with the loss to Harvard, which consequently, did not interfere with the security of post-season play. The Crimson advanced to 6-5 overall and 2-3 in league play. Sophomore attackman Kevin Vaughan bankrolled a hat trick. Harvard keeper Harry Krieger anchored the defensive effort with 13 saves while Princeton goalie Tyler Fiorito came up with 14 saves.
The Princeton defense looked uncharacteristically flat. The late release after the slides created open backside space. The Crimson improved with their ball movement from period to period and capitalized on the momentum of big outside shots. Princeton out shot Harvard 45-37. The Tigers squeezed out a flurry of late shots but got unlucky with several takes that rebounded off pipe. Both teams split the balance at the face-off x, but it was the Crimson control of transition and possession of the groundballs that tipped the scales. Freshman midfielder Alex White had a team-best eight ground balls. Mike Chanenchuk (2g) and Scott MacKenzie (1g, 3a) led the Princeton offense.
White won the face-off at the first whistle, and Froccaro was called for pushing. Both teams traded possession, and it wasnít until 8:06 when Vaughan would score. Dean Gibbons dished off the ball to Vaughan who then finished with a righty overhand quick stick low (1-0). Princeton responded with a goal from Jack MacBride off an assist from Scott MacKenzie (1-1). Gibbons scored with two minutes remaining faking Fiorito high and taking him low (2-1).
Harvard edged out Princeton 4-3 in the second period and collected twice as many grounders (10-5). The Tigers were first to find the back of the net off a feed from Forest Sonnenfeldt to Mike Grossman. Grossman shot low far pipe for the equalizer (2-2). Harvard scored the next three goals. Jason Duboe shot off the clear (3-2). Andrew Pataki followed with a lefty overhand stickside high, and Peter Schwartz gave the Crimson the three-goal margin with a weakside pipe goal (5-2). Harvardís Brad Capellini was called for slashing at 3:26 giving Princeton the EMO. Rob Engelke hit Mike Chanenchuk as he cut to the hole for a quick goal at 3:07 (3-5). Chanenchuk put the Tigers within one of a feed from Chris McBride (4-5). Harvard was able to convert with a minute left in the period. White scored of the skip pass off the ISO with a righty over hand shot (6-4).
Princeton out shot Harvard 11-7, but it was the Crimson who outscored their counter part 2-1 in the third. Harvardís Cohen scored in the first minute to put the Crimson ahead by three (7-4). Princetonís Tyler Moni scored in transition with the righty sidearm rip on the run hitting top shelf at 13:17 (5-7). Harvardís Gibbons (from Schwartz) took Fiorito far side upper ninety with a lefty side arm at 10:26 (8-5). Neither team could find a rhythm nor produce for the remaining time.
Both teams scored three goals a piece in the fourth quarter. Princetonís offense was able to possess the ball but could not capitalize out shooting Harvard 14-5. MacKenzie scored off a dish from Froccaro (6-8). Vaughan notched two more goals giving the Crimson the 10-6 lead. Princeton got a goal at 3:22 off a connection from MacKenzie and Engelke who faked Krieger high and finished with the bouncer. With three minutes, there was still a window of opportunity for Princeton, but the Tigers werenít able to convert. Harvardís Evan Roth scored on an open net at :35 from the past the fifty, and Princetonís Froccaro put in one more goal for Princeton with eight seconds left. Final score was Harvard 11 Princeton 8.
Next Saturday, several key matchups will take place: Harvard travels to Yale, Brown hosts Dartmouth, and Princeton takes on Cornell.
Harvard vs. Princeton
|Kevin Vaughan||(3, 0)|
|Dean Gibbons||(2, 1)|
|Terry White||(1, 1)|
|Jeff Cohen||(1, 1)|
|Peter Schwartz||(1, 1)|
|Dave Dobrosky||(0, 1)|
|Travis Burr||(0, 1)|
|Evan Roth||(1, 0)|
|Andrew Pataki||(1, 0)|
|Jason Duboe||(1, 0)|