Harvard Topples Denver in San Francisco Classic

PALO ALTO, Calif. Ryan Stevens and Daniel Eipp had hat tricks, while goalie Harry Krieger made four saves in more than 45 minutes of action to lead Harvard to a 19-14 exhibition victory over Denver before 3,500 fans at the San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic Saturday evening.

[See the bottom of the last page of this post for photos of the game, which are by Peyton Williams of the BAYS Foundation.]

Jeff Cohen scored two goals and handed out an assist, while Carl Zimmerman, Matt Scalise and Alex White also knotched two goals apiece in the victory. Keegan Michel grabbed a team-high seven ground balls and won 9 of 13 faceoffs for the Crimson.

After falling behind, 3-1, early on, the Crimson tallied eight unanswered goals in the first half and held a 9-3 edge at halftime. During the 8-0 run, Stevens scored on a man-up opportunity, while Zimmernan netted both of his goals in the game as Harvard broke the game wide open.

In the second half, the Pioneers earned the first two goals, but Harvard responded with a six-goal run, led by Stevens and Eipp who each scored twice, including another man-up tally by Stevens. As the game moved to the fourth, the Crimson offense continued its stellar play, as Scalise scored twice, and Harvard led by as much as 11 goals, 19-8, with 4:45 remaining in regulation.

Harvard led, 19-10, after four quarters, but then the two teams played a short overtime period. Denver netted all four goals in the extra session, as the Crimson earned the 19-14 victory.

The Crimson outshot the Pioneers, 55-42, including 15-3 in the second quarter. Harvard also led in ground balls, 38-33, and faceoffs, 22-14. The Crimson went 2 of 4 on man-up chances and was a perfect 18 of 18 on clear attempts.

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SAN FRANCISCO The University of Denver men's team fell 19-14 to Harvard University in the Third San Francisco Fall Classic at Kezar Stadium on Saturday afternoon in San Francisco, Calif.

Freshman Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) led the Pioneers with three goals off seven shots in his collegiate debut, while senior Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario), Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario), sophomore Paul Danko (Towson, Md.), senior Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.) and freshman Garret Holst (Fishers, Ind.) all added two goals apiece.

Also contributing was junior Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.) who scored his first goal after suffering a season-ending knee injury early last season.

Sophomore Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) and junior Chase Calkin (Englewood, Colo.) tallied four ground balls each, while senior Cal Kennedy (Concord, Mass.) and freshman Nick Gorman (Olney, Md.) caused two turnovers.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) finished with six saves in 30 minutes of action, while senior goalkeeper Troy Orzech (Franktown, Colo.) posted four saves.

Daniel Epp and Ryan Stevens led the Crimson with three goals each, while goalkeeper Harry Krieger made four saves in 45:18 minutes of action.

Denver jumped out to an early 3-1 lead with 3:11 remaining in the first quarter as Matthews, Rogers and Flint all scored. However, the Crimson roared back with eight consecutive goals to take a 9-3 lead heading into halftime.

Matthews and Flint scored again to start the third quarter to bring the Pioneers to within four goals, however the Crimson scored six straight goals to take a 15-5 lead with 5:38 left in the game. Rogers and Scott scored in the final minutes of the third quarter to cut the lead to 15-7.

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