Harvard Powers Past Dartmouth for a 2-0 Ivy Start

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Harvard scored four goals within a 45-second span in the third quarter to pull away for a 15-10 win over Dartmouth before 1,313 fans at Harvard Stadium Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Crimson (4-3) improves to 2-0 in the Ivy League for the first time since 1998, while the Big Green fall to 2-4 and 0-1 in the Ancient Eight.

Jeff Cohen enjoyed his third straight five-goal game, while Daniel Eipp and Kevin Vaughan each netted four goals. Eipp also dished out three assists for a career-high seven points. Vaughan, who established a career-high with his five goals, also collected five ground balls, while Keegan Michel won 18 of 24 faceoffs and grabbed six ground balls.

Goalie Jake Gambitsky recorded his second straight victory, stopping seven shots, while Dartmouth's Fergus Campbell finished with 12 saves.

After Dartmouth jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 12:13 of the first, Eipp had a hand in the Harvard's first two goals, as the Crimson went ahead, 2-1. At 9:45, Eipp assisted on a score by Cohen, and then Eipp followed with his own tally at the 5:58 mark.

With 4:23 left in the opening frame, Carl Zimmerman found Kevin Vaughan for a man-up tally, as the Crimson grabbed a 3-1 advantage. Harvard tacked on another score at 2:16, capping a 4-0 run when Eipp dished out another assist to Cohen.

After the Big Green cut the deficit to 4-2, Eipp handed out his third assist when he sent a pass to Alex White at 9:39 of the second quarter. Will Walker tallied another score for the Crimson at the 6:22 mark, and Eipp netted his second goal with 5:24 remaining in the half, putting Harvard on top, 7-4. At the break, Dartmouth held an edge in shots, 22-14, but the Crimson held the Big Green scoreless on four man-up opportunities.

In the second half, Dartmouth cut Harvard's lead to 7-5 at 10:51, but the Big Green was called for two one-minute non-releasable penalties at 10:02, giving Harvard a long man-up opportunity. The Crimson capitalized, netting three goals during the ensuing man-up chance, and then added another score at 8:56 for a four-goal outburst in only 45 seconds.

Cohen scored two of the man-up goals at 9:41 and 9:16, respectively, while Eipp added a man-up tally at 9:03. Harvard followed with a face-off victory, and Vaughan finished with an unassisted score at 8:56 to cap the quick 4-0 run, as Harvard pulled away, 11-5.

In the fourth, Vaughan scored on a man-up chance at 9:51, and Cohen netted his fifth goal at 7:11, as the Crimson led, 13-7. Later in the frame, Vaughan and Eipp found the back of the net again at 4:09 and 0:39, respectively, as Harvard held on for the 15-10 victory.

The Crimson will visit No. 3/4Massachusetts Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Dartmouth dropped its opening Ivy League contest on Saturday at Harvard, 15-10. The loss moved the Big Green to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the Ivy League. The Crimson improved to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

Harvard made its separation in the third quarter when it scored four goals within a 45-second span to push its two-goal lead to six. Out of the four goals, three came in man-up situations.

The Big Green were outscored in two of the four quarters (first and third) and tied Harvard in the other two. The Crimson relied on the three-man attack of Jeff Cohen (five goals), Daniel Eipp (four goals) and Kevin Vaughan (four goals) to earn the five-score victory. It marked the third straight game Cohan registered five goals in a game.

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2012-03-24



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