Harvard Tops Holy Cross, 3-1

Oct. 12, 2004

Worcester, Mass. - Harvard University scored two goals in the second half and one in the first to defeat Holy Cross, 3-1 in a non-conference game on Tuesday afternoon at the Hart Soccer Field.

The Crimson improve to 6-5 overall, while the Crusaders drop their second straight to fall to 5-3-1.

Nick Tornaritis gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the first when he broke into the box and ripped a low shot to the right corner past a diving Richard Whipple at the 37:30 mark. The game remained 1-0 at the half.

Harvard then had two one-on-one opportunities early in the second stanza to add to their lead, but Whipple came up with one great save after another to deny the Crimson. The Crusaders were sparked by Whipple's effort and fought their way back to tie it at one-apiece just minutes later when freshman Marsalis Beckford scored his first collegiate goal with a low blast into the back of the net at the 56:36 mark.

In the 70th minute, Michael Fucito scored what would be the game-winning goal when he gathered the ball inside the 18 and rifled a shot to the upper corner past Whipple. Holy Cross had a few chances late in the game, but saw their hopes dashed when Whipple misplayed a ball which he intended to clear, and it deflected off of a charging Matt Hoff to give Harvard an insurance goal with less than five minutes remaining.

The two teams played a physical game, with Harvard recording 12 fouls and Holy Cross getting tabbed for 17. The Crusaders were also whistled for three yellow cards.

Harvard keeper Ryan Johnson made 2 saves on the day to record the victory. Whipple finished with 4 in the losing effort.

The Crusaders host Army on Saturday, October 16 in a Patriot League contest. Game-time is slated for 3:00.