Boston, Mass. - With the score tied, 8-8 at the half, Harvard scored six unanswered goals to take control of the game and secure a 16-10 win over Brown Saturday evening at Soldiers Field Stadium in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The loss drops the Bears to 3-2 overall, 0-1 in the Ivy League, while Harvard improves to 4-2, 1-0 in league play.
After Harvard scored on its first two possessions, Brown settled down and tied the game, 2-2, on goals by sophomore Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) and junior Tyler Landis (Coppell, TX) with 8:35 left in the opening quarter.
Three Harvard goals sandwiched around a Caputo goal for the Bears gave the Crimson a 5-3 lead after one quarter.
The Bears fell behind by three goals, 8-5, midway through the second quarter, following a Crimson tally by Will Walker.
The score could have been much worse had it not been for the tremendous play of Bears' sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY). His strong play in goal with nine first half saves, enabled the Bears to back in the game. Two straight goals by junior Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, CA), and another by Caputo, with five seconds left, tied the game, 8-8 at the half.
The Crimson broke the game open at the outset of the second half with five unanswered goals in the third quarter and another at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull ahead by a 14-8 margin following a goal by Daniel Eipp with 11:20 left in the contest.
Overall, Harvard out-shot the Bears by a 45-30 margin and had the advantage in the face-off-x, winning 17-of-28 face-offs.
Three Brown players scored two goals each for Brown, senior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO), Jacob and Caputo. Landis finished with a goal and three assists, while Kelly made 15 saves overall.
Eipp, Devin Dwyer and Walker, who each scored three goals, led Harvard's attack. Jake Gambiysky registered 10 saves in the Crimson goal.
The Bears travel to Lewisburg, PA, to face Bucknell on Wednesday, March 19, in the first ever meeting between the two schools. Face-off is 3:30 pm