Harvard Rallies to Knock off No. 14 Massachusetts

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Senior co-captain Dean Gibbons scored three goals including the game-winner to lead 20th-ranked Harvard to an 11-9 win over No. 16 Massachusetts Tuesday under the lights at Harvard Stadium. With the win, the Crimson improves to 6-2 overall and snaps a 13 game winless streak against the Minutemen in Cambridge.

Junior Jeff Cohen also scored a hat trick while Terry White added two scores and Matt Hull, Daniel Elipp and Ryan Stevens all found the back of the net for the Crimson. Hull had three assists on the night, including a feed to Gibbons with 2:28 left on the clock for the victory.

Massachusetts took an early 2-0 lead in early in the game. Hull and Cohen put away goals for the Crimson to make it 3-2 at the end o the first. The Crimson trailed 5-3 at the half. The Minutemen scored three of the first four tallies in the third frame increase their lead to 8-4 with five minutes and 39 second left to play in the third session.

Gibbons took a pass from Hull with 5:10 to go and fired it in the net to spark a four-goal scoring streak for the Crimson. Stevens' unassisted goal with 1:10 left in the third evened the score.

Gibbons gave the Crimson its first lead of the night, 9-8, with 8:17 left to play. Ryan Hantverk scored the equalizer for the Minutemen just over three minutes later. Andrew Parchman, who started the night off winning 5 of 5 face-offs, won the next face-off and the Crimson offense took over.

The Crimson put up six unsuccessful shots but maintained possession of the ball. Hull picked up a ground ball handed off to Gibbons seconds later for the win. UMass won the next face-off but Harry Krieger made the stop, one of 19 on the night, Harvard cleared the ball and called a timeout. The Crimson put one more in the net before the end of the game, this time a scored from Eipp on an open net.

Hull had seven ground balls and a caused turnover for the Crimson, while Cohen and Eric Slingerland caused two of the Minutes 18 turnovers.

Harvard outshot UMass, 37-35, in the game and won 12 of 23 face-offs. The Minutemen held a 47-46 edge in ground balls.

The Crimson travels to Albany for its second-straight non-conference game Saturday. Face-off is at 2:00 p.m.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Dean Gibbons scored with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter to cap Harvard's 11-9 comeback win over No. 14 UMass at a frigid Harvard Stadium on Tuesday night.

Harvard (6-2) scored five goals in a row bridging the third and fourth quarters to rally from an 8-4 deficit. Gibbons had given Harvard its first lead of the game with 8:19 left in the fourth. UMass (5-3 overall) tied the game on a Ryan Hantverk goal with 4:57 left to tie the game at 9-9.

Harvard came back from an 8-4 deficit in the third quarter as the Crimson scored the final four goals of the third quarter to tie the game at 8-8. Ryan Stevens' tally with 1:13 deadlocked the game and finished a four-goal spurt n 3:58.

Gibbons had three goals as did Jeff Cohen for the Crimson. Terry White added a pair.

UMass took the 8-4 lead with goals from seven different scorers. Manny's unassisted goal game the Minutemen their largest lead of the game with 5:39 left in third.

Art Kell had two goals for UMass. The other seven tallies came from Anthony Biscardi, Will Manny, Mike Fetterly, Hantverk, Colin Fleming, Steve D'Amario and Kyle Smith. Tim McCormack made 17 saves. Harry Krieger had 19 stops for the Crimson.

UMass returns to CAA action on Saturday as the Minutemen travel to Philadelphia for the first-ever meeting with Saint Joseph's at 1:00 p.m.

2011-03-29



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