Men's Roundup: Harvard Survives Another OT Thriller
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Three days after thwarting Villanova, No. 20 Harvard survived another overtime thriller Tuesday, digging out of a six-goal hole to defeat Holy Cross 12-11 on Brendan Newman's goal with 2:28 remaining in double overtime.
The Crusaders (0-3), who previously lost handily to unranked Providence and Vermont, dominated the Crimson (2-0) early. Holy Cross jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and led 7-2 at halftime thanks largely to the faceoff dominance of Joe Reilly, who won eight of 11 first-half faceoffs and finished 16-for-26.
Momentum shifted late in the third quarter, when Harvard's Sean Coleman converted a Devin Dwyer feed with 12 seconds remaining to pull the Crimson within 8-4. Harvard rallied with five goals in a 10-minute span in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 9 on Dwyer's goal with 3:02 remaining.
Still, the outcome looked bleak for the Crimson when Holy Cross' Jon Vogel scored unassisted with 45 seconds left to put the Crusaders up 10-9. Harvard called timeout twice in the final minute, and Morgan Cheek rewarded the Crimson with a clutch goal for the second straight game.
Cheek, who scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Villanova, deposited a feed from Coleman in the back of the net with 17 seconds left to send the game to force overtime.
Both teams squandered opportunities in the first overtime. Holy Cross had turnovers on all three of its possessions. Harvard had two turnovers and two shots, one of which was stopped by Crusaders goalie Michael Ortlieb.
Holy Cross had the first possession in double overtime. Connor Sofield shot wide and Harvard got back the ball, setting the table for Newman to punctuate the comeback victory.
Dwyer, who assisted Newman's game-winner, finished with four goals and three assists. Coleman had a career-high five points with two goals and three assists. The Crimson defense, led by Bobby Duvnjak (three caused turnovers) and Stephen Jahelka (two), recovered from a shaky start. Ten of Holy Cross' 20 turnovers came in the fourth quarter and overtime.
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Feb 24, 2016
Highlights: Harvard's Cheek Ties It, Newman Wins It
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