Denver took advantage of Harvard’s frustration going on a three-goal streak of its own to take a 5-3 halftime lead.
But Scholl was able to come back as he scored the first goal of the third period when he when he once again put the ball in the net right in front during a man-up advantage for the Crimson.
Harvard managed to stay close with the Pioneers for the remainder of the period, and the teams headed into the climactic fourth period tied at six.
“We were expecting a tough game,” senior midfielder Doug Kocis said. “We knew it was going to be really tough to beat these guys. This year we came in expecting a battle.”
HARVARD 9, QUINNIPIAC 4
With four of Harvard’s nine goals, Scholl seemed anything but a rookie in the Crimson’s 9-4 rout of Quinnipiac (0-7) on March 29 at Yale’s Johnson Field.
Scholl has scored multiple goals in every game this season, but he was particularly impressive in Tuesday’s win with his four goals in three periods.
“So far [Scholl] has been throwing them in the back of the net and we can’t ask any more of him,” Samuelson said. “He is drawing their best defensemen and is still scoring goals.”
Scholl’s first goal also neutralized the Bobcats’ only lead of the game as Quinnipiac’s Josh Murray scored his first of three goals and got the first goal of the game at 9:57 in the first period.
But Harvard responded with a four-goal streak in the last two minutes of the first period to grab a 4-1 lead, led by Scholl’s two goals and an assist.
The Bobcats opened up the second period with another goal from Murray at 9:54. But the Harvard freshmen were not to be outdone, as Widbin initiated a three-goal run to comfortably pad the Crimson’s lead.
Widbin scored two goals in the period off assists from Calvert and Samuelson, with Scholl notching his third goal of the game between Widbin’s two attacks.
“[Widbin] has been playing fantastic,” Kocis said. “Not just in scoring goals and making plays but also in getting ground balls and possession. He has really stepped up and been a surprise for us.”
The Bobcats were overmatched in several categories, particularly in center field where sophomore midfielder John Henry Flood won 15 of 17 face-offs.
“That really was a huge factor in winning,” Kocis said. “It gave us possession of the ball for most of the game. It prevented them from going on any runs.”
Harvard also had a 26-16 advantage in ground balls and outshot Quinnipiac 34-26. Freshman goalie Evan O’Donnell registered 12 saves for Harvard.
—Staff writer Abigail M. Baird can be reached at email@example.com.