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Bruce Regan collected seven points, and the Crimson avoided another fourth-period letdown to notch a convincing 12-4 victory over defending Ivy champion Cornell during a snowstorm Saturday at Ithica.
The starting attack of John Ince, Phil Zuckerman, and Cle Landolt notched two goals apiece as Harvard became the first team to defeat Cornell since Princeton edged the Big Red, 7-5, two years ago.
"The midfield won the game for us," Ince said yesterday. "We played very well, and this could be a big victory for us," he added. Harvard's Ivy record is now 1-1 with another game coming up Wednesday against Brown. The Crimson loss was to Penn, 14-10.
Never Fell Behind
Harvard never trailed as a disappointed Parents' Day crowd looked on. Zuckerman fed to Regan for the first goal two minutes into the game, and seven minutes later Rick Frisbee fired in a low shot for a 2-0 lead.
Landolt tallied both of the Crimson's second-period goals before Cornell's Brian McCutcheon, also a hockey standout, registered his team's first score with four minutes left in the half. Landolt's goals came from close in on feeds from Kilkowski and Ince.
Bang Up Job
Meanwhile, sophomore goalie John Cosentino, making his first start, was turning in some nice saves in the Harvard net. Bill Bennett was also doing a bang up job of thwarting Cornell attackman Mark Webster, second in the league in scoring last year. Webster netted only one goal.
Harvard outscored its opponent, 3-2, in the third period as Ragan, Ince, and Zuckerman collected one goal each. Then the Crimson braced for the fourth quarter, hoping not to suffer the usual collapse.
At 3:37 of the final session, Ince and Regan combined again for an 8-3 Crimson advantage. A minute later, Regan dodged two men and rifled a shot into the upper right hand corner of the net from ten feet out Ince termed it "the nicest goal of the game."
Captain Tom Nicosia passed to Ince on a fast break soon afterwards, and Ince put the ball past the helpless Cornell goalie. By this time, the Harvard team felt in control. Zuckerman and Jim Kilkowski finished the rout with goals number 11 and 12. Kilkowski was one of several midfielders who did a superb job picking up ground balls, a major factor in the win.
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