Harvard Hands Men’s Lacrosse 11-7 Loss in Ivy Opener

PROVIDENCE, RI – Harvard's Dean Gibbons and Ryan Stevens each netted hat tricks to help lead the Harvard men's lacrosse team (5-1, 1-0) to an 11-7 victory over Brown (2-3, 0-1) on Saturday afternoon at Meister Kavan Field. The Bears were led by senior Andrew Feinberg (Owings Mills, MD), who had two goals, and junior Rob Schlesinger (Medfield, MA), who tallied a goal and an assist.

Brown was outshot for the game, 52-33, as senior Matt Chriss (Lutherville, MD) recorded a career-high 18 saves. Harvard's Harry Krieger made 13 saves, five of which came in the decisive fourth quarter, which saw the Crimson break open a one-goal game with the final three scores of the day.

Gibbons opened up the scoring for Harvard at 12:11, as the Crimson took the first six shots of the game. Sophomore Johnny DePeters (Woodbury, CT) got Brown on the board exactly midway through the first period, but a man-up goal by Gibbons, assisted by Peter Schwartz at 5:27, gave Harvard a 2-1 lead after the first 15 minutes.

Jeff Cohen and Terry White scored goals 2:51 apart early in the second quarter to extend Harvard's lead to 4-1. However, the Bears went on a 4-0 run during a span of 6:43 to take a 5-4 lead on Feinberg's second of the day with 2:14 remaining before halftime. Feinberg also scored the first goal of the run, while freshman Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) and senior Teddy Daiber (Rye, NY) also found the back of the net.

A goal by Harvard's Kevin Vaughan just 41 seconds after Feinberg's second goal tied the score at 5-5 after the first half of play.

Early in the third period, Stevens scored back-to-back goals, both unassisted, to give Harvard a 7-5 lead. Junior Parker Brown (San Francisco, CA) found senior David Hawley (New Canaan, CT) at the top of the box for a Bears' man-up goal to bring Brown back within one, 7-6, at 6:22. However, Stevens capped the hat trick three minutes later to regain the two-goal lead for Harvard.

With just seven seconds left in the quarter, Schlesinger found the back of the net to get Brown back within a goal, 8-7, but that was as close as the Bears would come, as three fourth-quarter goals by the Crimson accounted for the 11-7 final.

Feinberg also led Brown with four ground balls, while Chriss and sophomore Clay Del Prince (Hamburg, NY) each had three. Senior Seth Ratner (Dallas, TX) won six face offs for the Bears, who were also successful on 21 of 23 clear attempts.

Pictured: Andrew Feinberg '11. Photo by DSPics.net.