Offense Powers Harvard to Victory over Holy Cross

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Harvard received hat tricks from Deke Burns and Will Walker en route to a 17-9 win over Holy Cross Tuesday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Burns found the back of the net four times for his first career hat trick, and added one assist to finish the day with five total points. Walker, meanwhile, converted three of his four shots to register the first three-goal performance of his career. A total of 10 Crimson scored at least one goal in the victory, with nine recording multiple points, including Sean Mahon (1g, 2a) and Peter Schwartz (1g, 2a) who tallied three points apiece.

Jake Gambitsky saw the bulk of the minutes in goal, making 10 saves and coming away with two ground balls to pick up his first win of the year as Harvard improved to 1-1. Bobby Duvnjak caused two turnovers to help anchor the defensive effort.

Holy Cross (0-3) was paced by Terry McKenna's four-goal effort as Michael Ortlieb made 11 saves in goal. The Crusaders owned a 16-29 margin on faceoffs, but committed 18 turnovers for the day.

Harvard opened the scoring with a 4-0 run and held a 6-2 advantage after the first quarter of play. Burns scored three of his four goals in the opening frame, with Sean McDonagh adding a goal and an assist. Holy Cross recorded two quick scores to begin the second quarter and pull within two goals, 6-4, but Burns answered back with his fourth tally to regain a three-goal edge, 7-4. The Crimson tacked on three more goals off the sticks of Will Walker, Jack Breit and Mahon to take a 10-4 lead into the intermission.

A goal by Garrett Campbell and two more from Walker moved the score to 13-5 in Harvard's favor after the break. Brendan Newman, Breit, Schwartz and Murphy Vandervelde each found the back of the net in the fourth quarter to give the Crimson the final 17-9 margin.

Harvard will be back in action Saturday, March 1 as it heads back out on the road to take on No. 17/18 Albany.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Deke Burns posted four goals and one assist for five points for the Crimson as Holy Cross fell to Harvard, 17-9, on Tuesday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-3 overall, while the Crimson improve to 1-1 overall.

The Crusaders were led by junior captain Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) who scored four goals, while junior Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J. ) tallied two goals. Two Crusaders scored their first collegiate goal and three posted their first collegiate point with an assist.

After Harvard netted the first four goals to take a 4-0 lead, McKenna found the back of the net off an assist by junior Frank Gaul (Glen Rock, N.J.) with 4:59 left in the first quarter. The assist was Gaul's first collegiate point. The Crimson increased their lead to 6-1 when Sean McDonagh and Burns each netted a goal. With just two seconds remaining in the first quarter, McKenna scored his second goal of the game.

The Crusaders started the second quarter with two straight goals to cut the Harvard lead to 6-4. McKenna netted his third consecutive goal to post his second hat-trick of the season and the fifth of his career, while junior Chris Smith (Rye, N.Y.) posted a goal off a pass from freshman Parker Greiwe (Indian Hill, Ohio). The assist was also Greiwe's first collegiate point. Harvard then responded with four straight goals to take a 10-4 advantage to the half.

McKenna opened the third quarter with his fourth goal of the game to make it a 10-5 contest. Harvard responded with three straight goals to extend its lead to 13-5 including two goals by Will Walker. The Crusaders made the score 13-7 by scoring the first two goals of the fourth quarter. Haarmann netted a man-up goal off an assist by sophomore Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.), while freshman Jack Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored his first collegiate goal.

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