March 17, 2012

Harvard Tops Brown, 10-9, In Overtime

Boston, Mass. - Jeff Cohen scored his fifth goal with 2:15 left in overtime to rally Harvard to a 10-9 win over Brown at Harvard Stadium in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Brown falls to 2-3 overall, 0-1 Ivy, while Harvard evened its record at 3-3 overall, 1-0 in Ivy play.

 

Brown freshman Nick Piroli (Black River, NY) sent the game into overtime with his third goal of the game, tying the score, 9-9, with 5:30 left in regulation.

 

Bears' sophomore goalie Will Round (Mt. Lebanon, PA) made a save in overtime, and Bears' senior attackman Parker Brown (San Francisco, CA) was stopped on his game-winning attempt by Crimson goalie Stephen Jahelka.  Following a Harvard clear, Cohen took a pass from Brian Vaughan for the game-winning goal.

 

Piroli added an assist to go with his four goals, while Bears' junior midfielder Johnny DePeters (Woodbury, CT) also chipped in with his first career hat-trick, scoring three goals.

 

While he didn't score, Brown senior defenseman Phil Pierce (Greenwich, CT) wreaked havoc on the Crimson attack, causing a game high seven turnovers.

 

Cohen scored three goals in the fourth quarter to rally the Crimson from a two-goal deficit. Carl Zimmerman and Daniel Eipp each added two goals for Harvard.

 

An evenly played opening quarter saw the Bears jump out on top, 1-0, on a goal by DePeters from Parker Brown with 4:32 left in the quarter. Cohen tied the game for the Crimson two minutes later.

 

Brown and Harvard exchanged goals early in the second quarter with freshman Nick Piroli (Black River, NY) scoring for the Bears at 14:47 from sophomore Stephen Chmil (Garden City, NY), and Zimmerman answering for the Crimson less than a minute later to tie the score, 2-2.

 

The Bears opened up a 4-2 lead after goals by junior George Sherman (Greenwich, CT) and Parker Brown with 4:38 left in the first half.  A Crimson goal with 2 minutes remaining cut Brown's lead to 4-2 at intermission.

 

Piroli's second goal of the game at the 12:11 mark of the third quarter gave Brown a 5-3 advantage, but consecutive goals by the Crimson tied the game, 5-5, with 9:04 remaining in the quarter.

 

The back-and-forth game continued with a pair of DePeters goals sandwiched around a Crimson score to give the Bears a 7-6 lead after three quarters.

 

Sophomore Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) gave the Bears an 8-6 lead in the opening minute of the fourth quarter on an assist by Sherman.

 

Three straight goals by Harvard's Cohen gave the Crimson a 9-8 advantage with 7:43 left in the game.

 

Brown returns to action next Saturday, March 24, traveling to Burlington Vermont to face the University of Vermont.  Face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.