After controlling possession on the Crusaders’ side of the pitch for the majority of the first period, Harvard picked up right where they had left off, quickly generating multiple scoring opportunities.
In the 69th minute, junior forward Hiroki Kobayashi cut around two Holy Cross defenders inside the box, leaving him one-on-one with the goalkeeper. However, the forward tried to make an extra pass and the chance was averted.
Four minutes later, Harvard failed to convert another chance as junior defender Phillip Fleischman earned a breakaway from midfield but pushed his shot wide left, failing to put the Crusaders away.
However, the back line stood tall for the Crimson as the team earned its third shutout of the year.
The hosts out-shot Harvard 13-11 on the game, but the Crimson doubled the Crusaders in shots on goal, 8-4.
“It’s a true testament to our team’s character how it doesn’t really matter who’s on the field,” Conrad said. “We’re going to stick to the same game plan and the same process, and the result was successful. [It was a] big step forward for our team.”