Late Rally Falls Just Short As #13 Harvard Tops #19 UMass, 14-13
March 13, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - In a battle of longtime New England rivals, the No. 19 UMass Minutemen nearly pulled off a remarkable rally in the final minutes, but fell short as No. 13 Harvard held on 14-13 on Saturday. Playing in nasty rain and wind, the Minutemen scored four goals in the final 4:31 but were unable to tally the equalizer after trailing by five with five minutes left in the game. Anthony Biscardi, Art Kell and Will Manny all had hat tricks for the Minutemen (3-2). Terry White had three for the Crimson (3-1), all in a 7-0 second-half run.
It was a game of runs following halftime as the teams were tied at 6-6 after 30 minutes.
Jeff Cohen opened the second half with Harvard's third extra-man goal of the game to give the Crimson a 7-6 lead 1:44 into the period.
UMass then responded with three goals in a row to take a 9-7 lead as Manny netted his second of the day off a feed from Kell with 7:39 left in the third quarter. That was the second of two UMass goals in eight seconds, as Kell had been set up by senior long-pole Will Jeffery off a turnover at 7:47. Greg Rushing won one of his 14 face-offs on the day to set up Manny's fastbreak goal and a two-goal margin.
Harvard answered UMass in a big way reeling off seven goals in a row over a 16-minute span. Cohen began the splurge with another man-up goal with 7:12 left in the third and before the Minutemen were able to gain themselves, they were down by five at 14-9 with 5:59 left in regulation. Terry White was huge in the run scoring all three of his goals in the game and assisting Kevin Vaughan's goal -- the final in the 7-0 run with just under six minutes left in the game.
The Minutemen showed their mettle late in the game, never giving up as Steve D'Amario scored off a feed from Casey Rahn to start the four-goal burst with 4:31 left in the fourth. Kell tallied back-to-back goals at 3:09 and 1:21 as the Minutemen's defense pressured the Crimson into several turnovers. With face-off man Rushing having another solid game, the Minutemen drew to within one at 14-13 on Manny's third of the game off a quick feed from Bobby Hayes in transition.
UMass had a chance to tie the game, but lost control of the ball deep in Harvard's zone with just seconds left in the fourth quarter.
The Minutemen trailed 3-0 just 6:40 into the game before Biscardi scored three goals in the first half. He gave the Maroon and White its first lead of the game at 6-5 with 10:38 left in the second quarter as UMass scored three goals in 1:44.
UMass outshot Harvard, 44-35 and outgroundballed them 36-30.
Harvard's Harry Krieger made 13 saves including six key stop in the third quarter as the Crimson went on their decisive run. Tim McCormack stopped 12 shots for UMass.
The Minutemen will seek to return to the winning side of the ledger on Tuesday against Providence at 3 p.m., at Garber Field.