Brown Rallies For 11-9 Win Over Harvard, Earning Fourth Straight Win
Providence, R.I. – Senior George Sherman (Greenwich, CT) scored an unassisted goal with 6:15 remaining to break a 9-9 tie and vault Brown to an 11-9 come-from-behind Ivy League victory over Harvard Saturday evening at Stevenson Field. Brown earned its fourth straight win to extend its record to 4-1 overall, 1-0 in the Ivy League, while Harvard falls to 2-3 overall, 0-1 in Ivy play.
The Bears were buoyed by the terrific play of freshman goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY), who made 15 saves, including five saves in the fourth quarter to keep the Crimson off the scoreboard after trailing 9-7 after three quarters.
The difference in the game nay have been the three goals by its long-sticks, with seniors Roger Ferguson (Washington, DC), Sam Ford (Reisterstown, MD) and Phil Pierce (Greenwich, CT) all scoring key goals for the Bears.
Incredibly, the Bears were also able to overcome a 19-5 Crimson advantage in face-offs.
Trailing 9-7 after three quarters, Brown out-scored the Crimson, 4-0, in the fourth quarter. The Bears evened the score, 9-9, on goals by Pierce and freshman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD), who tied the game with 9:06 remaining.
Sherman's game-winning goal came following a stall warning. With five seconds remaining in the 30-second count, Sherman went one-on-one and ripped a shot into the net with 6:15 left. Bears' freshman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) added an insurance goal with 1:44 remaining for the 11-9 victory.
Sophomore Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, CA) opened the scoring for the Bears, but five straight goals by Harvard, four in the first quarter and one in the second, gave the Crimson a 4-1 lead with 12:35 left in the second quarter.
Senior Alex Jones (Annapolis, MD) scored for the Bears to trail 4-2, but Harvard's Brendan Newman scored to put the Crimson up by a 5-2 margin with 10:01 left in the quarter.
The Bears tied the game on consecutive goals by Ferguson, Ford and sophomore Nick Piroli (Black River, NY) with 8:19 left in the half to tie the game, 5-5.
Goals by Harvard's Devin Dwyer and Alex White gave the Crimson a 7-5 lead at the half.
The third quarter was evenly played, with the Bears tying the game, 7-7, on goals by Blynn and Piroli, but Harvard answering with goals by Dwyer and Ryan Stevens to pull ahead, 9-7 after three quarters.
The Bears are back in action with two games in North Carolina, first facing High Point on Sunday, March 24 at 1pm, and then UNC on Wednesday, March 27 at 6 pm on ESPNU.