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Harvard tallies first major upset of the season

Sure, Georgetown's 13-10 victory over No. 3 Maryland on Saturday was big, but the Hoyas were ranked No. 17 and not exactly unknown. And Fairfield knocking off a Delaware squad that had sleeper potential was eye-opening as well.

But Harvard's 9-6 win against No. 8 Duke yesterday was huge because 1) The Crimson was unranked; 2) yesterday's contest was Harvard's season opener, while the Blue Devils had beaten two ranked, Patriot League teams in No. 13 Colgate and No. 19 Bucknell; 3) Duke had won 21 straight at Koskinen Stadium and had been 30-1 all-time in February.

But Harvard freshman attackman Jeff Cohen recorded a hat trick and an assist in his first game, junior attackman Travis Burr scored twice and senior Max Motschwiller added a goal and two assists. The Crimson won 10-of-17 faceoffs and senior goalkeeper Joe Pike made nine saves.

"Today's win was about being prepared and executing our game plan," coach John Tillman told the team's Web site. "A bunch of guys stepped for us on offense, and we made the best of our opportunities."

The Blue Devils were outshot, 45-29, and the six goals were the fewest since May 1, 2005, when Maryland limited Duke to five goals.

"I give Harvard a lot of credit, they were very well prepared and I thought they played great," Blue Devils coach John Danowski told his team's Web site. "I’m disappointed with our inability to clear the ball in the first half. Offensively I thought we were very timid in the first half and the second half I thought we picked it up and played better, but obviously not well enough."

Posted by Edward Lee at 10:47 AM | | Comments (2)


havard has the potential to make some noise but the ivys are very crowded this year with the likes of brown and a reinvigorated princeton team next year with top recruit jack doyle of gilman they will be really dangerous

Duke got surprised early last year too.
Its their own fault for playing in near Arctic conditions. just chop two games from the schedule and settle for 14 - 0 for the season.

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