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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — No. 15-ranked Harvard University took down the United States Air Force Academy, 14-5, at home in Blodgett Pool to improve its record to 9-1 on the season.

Junior/goalie Noah Hodge made 13 saves to limit the Falcons offense, while sophomore Mot Stothart netted five goals to lead the Crimson attack.

Harvard got off to a quick start and held an early 3-1 lead after quick goals from first-year Tyler Zarcu and sophomore Max Keck within the first three minutes. A long range strike from sophomore Alexandru Bucur and tight angle shot from first-year Andrej Basica saw the Crimson lead stand at 5-1 after one period of play. Stothart scored consecutive goals to open the second frame, and Harvard took a 9-2 lead into the half.

Junior Gabe Putnam and Basica both netted their second goal of the game during the third frame, extending the Crimson lead to 11-2.

Hodge stood tall in net throughout the third quarter by making saves on two Air Force breakaways before stopping a five-meter penalty shot. Stothart and Keck added fourth quarter goals as Harvard took the contest by a score of 14-5.

Juniors Michael Sonsini and Alex Tsotadze both collected three assists.  Senior Michael Del Mundo and Putnam totaled three steals each with Putnam also contributing two goals.

Overall, Harvard improved its home record to 6-1 on the season, after posting an 11-1 record at Blodgett Pool in 2019.  Further, the Crimson improved their all-time record against Air Force to 3-1.

Information courtesy Harvard University Athletics Communications

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