April 16, 2008
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Sophomore Zach Caldwell (Yarmouth, ME) exploded for four second half goals including the go-ahead score with 4:10 remaining, to lift the 14th-ranked Brown men's lacrosse team to its eighth straight victory, 8-7, over Harvard in an Ivy League game before a crowd of 1,489 at Stevenson Field.
The win keeps Brown unbeaten in the Ivy League with a 4-0 mark and gives the streaking Bears a 9-2 overall record. Brown's four Ivy wins are the most for a Brown team since 2002. The loss drops Harvard to 4-7 overall and 0-4 in the Ivy League.
With the score tied, 6-6, Bears' sophomore Thomas Muldoon (Oakton, VA) picked up a loose ball in a scramble behind the Harvard net and lofted a pass to Caldwell, who was streaking toward the Crimson goal from the top of the box. Caldwell buried the go-ahead goal as Harvard goalie Joe Pike scurried to get back in the net.
Brown extended its lead to 8-6 on Muldoon's second goal of the game, which proved to be the game-winner, on a pass from Brady Williams (Columbus, OH) with 2:14 left to play, giving Brown its biggest lead of the game, 8-6. Up to that point, neither team had led by more than a goal.
Harvard's Dean Gibbons netted his fourth goal of the game with 11 seconds remaining to account for the final score, 8-7.
The Bears grabbed a 2-1 lead after one quarter on goals by Muldoon and junior Kyle Hollingsworth (Darien, CT). Two Harvard goals put the Crimson up, 3-2, before Hollingsworth tied the game at the half, 3-3.
Muldoon's first goal with 13:00 left in the third quarter gave Brown the lead once again, 4-3, but Gibbons and Jason Duboe put the Crimson in the lead, 5-4, with 4:08 left in the quarter.
Caldwell netted back- to-back goals to swing the pendulum in Brown's favor, giving the Bears a 6-5 lead early in the fourth quarter. Zach Widbin scored for the Crimson to tie the score, 6-6, with 7:37 left in the game.
Brown junior goalie Jordan Burke (Potomac, MD) had another outstanding game, making 13 saves for the Bears, as the Crimson out-shot the Bears by a 38-18 margin. Pike finished with five saves for Harvard.
The Bears will be back in action on Saturday, April 19 at Stevenson against Providence College. The game will be played under the lights, starting at 7:00 p.m.