Harvard advances to title game
Gibbons' three goals, two assists leads Crimson to victory
ITHACA, N.Y. – Dean Gibbons amassed five points on three goals and two assists, and Jeff Cohen netted three goals of his own to propel No. 17 Harvard to a 12-8 victory against No. 15 Penn in an Ivy League tournament semifinal contest Friday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field.
Harry Krieger recorded nine saves for the Crimson, which improves to 10-5 overall, while the Quakers fall to 8-6. The victory gives Harvard its first 10-win season since claiming 11 victories in 1998.
The Crimson took a 2-0 lead midway through the first quarter, as Gibbons assisted on goals by Cohen and Ryan Stevens goals for Harvard early on in the opening frame. Jack Doyle made it 3-1 in favor of the Crimson as he found the back of the net with 2:48 to play in the first. With 17 ticks left on the clock in the opening stanza, Daniel Eipp found Cohen in front of the net for a score as Harvard went up 4-1.
Gibbons tallied a goal at 13:43 of the second to increase Harvard's lead to 5-1. The Crimson continued to control the flow of the game, as Cohen netted his third goal only 52 seconds later at 12:51. Gibbons score again at the 9:38 mark, upping Harvard's advantage to 7-1. Eipp added another goal for the Crimson at 7:23, helping Harvard carry an 8-3 lead into the locker room.
In the third, Terry White gave Harvard a six-goal cushion, 9-3, at 11:50, and with 5:19 to play in the quarter, Peter Schwartz tallied a man-up goal, as the Crimson went into the fourth up 10-5. Kevin Vaughan and Gibbons added goals early in the fourth, with Gibbons tallying his third goal of the game at 10:53, increasing the Crimson's lead to 12-5.
The Crimson, which finished 3-of-3 on man-up opportunities, was 16-of-17 on clear attempts and led the Quakers in ground balls, 32-24. Vaughan and Cohen paced the Crimson with four ground balls apiece.