“Our offense has been really firing recently,” Walker said. “We got great ball movement, and it really put us in some great spots.”
Coming out of the break, the Crimson caught fire. Burns scored first off an assist from Walker, giving Harvard its first lead of the game. Two minutes later, senior attackman Carl Zimmerman notched a goal. Hogan answered for Cornell, decreasing the lead down to one, but from there, the Crimson dominated, thanks in large part to Mendola’s repeated faceoff wins.
Senior midfielder Daniel Eipp nailed the net first, off an assist from Zimmerman, followed two minutes later by Walker assisted by Dwyer.
Zimmerman then added another goal thirty seconds later, assisted by Schwartz, and then with only seven seconds left in the quarter, Walker scored again, this time assisted by senior midfielder Pat Fiorvanti. Harvard led the second best team in the nation 12-7, going into the final period.
“We got together in the huddle, and we all knew what we needed to do,” Walker said of the team’s feelings after final break. “The next fifteen minutes were going to be everything we had. We had nothing to lose and we knew that we could do it.”
Only 20 seconds into the fourth period, Walker scored his fourth goal of the game, and 26th of the season, assisted by Burns. Hogan and John Edmonds scored for Cornell, but the Big Red would not score again. Dwyer put one more past Knight to extend the lead to its final score, 14-9, and ensure the Crimson’s command of the Ivy League.
“The difference in the game was our players,” Wojcik said. “We came in really hungry, and we really wanted this game. We were scrappy and the hustle was always there. That really allowed us to control the tone of the game and come out on top.”
—Staff writer Theo Levine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.