Women’s Lacrosse Falls to No. 11 Boston University, 13-9, Despite Strong Second Half

Pictured: Jen VanderMeulen led all scorers with four goals against the Terriers.
Photo Courtesy: Kevin Burns

A second-half surge by the Harvard women’s lacrosse team wasn’t enough to overcome a strong first half by No. 11 Boston University as the Crimson fell to the Terriers, 13-9, Wednesday at Cumnock Field. The Crimson slips to 2-3 on the year while BU improves to 4-2 on the season.

The Terriers took control in the first half as Rachel Collins netted the game’s first goal at 22:54, and BU went on to score the next four in a row to take a 5-0 lead midway through the stanza. Jen VanderMeulen tallied Harvard’s first score at 8:46 but Terrier goals by Jenny Taft and Annie Stookesberry gave the guests a 7-1 lead at the half.

BU extended its lead to 8-1 less than a minute into the second stanza but Harvard rattled off four consecutive goals, two straight by Melanie Baskind, to close the gap to 8-5 with 20:17 to play. VanderMeulen netted two more goals down the stretch for the Crimson, but BU was able to match their efforts to secure the 13-9 final.

VanderMeulen led all scorers with four goals in the game while Baskind chipped in two goals and an assist. Taft and McKinley Curro each had three goals for BU while Curro collected four assists in the game. Katherine Martino made nine saves in net for the Crimson while her counterpart Rachel Klein stopped 12 shots on the day for the Terriers.

The Crimson continues its four-game homestand on Saturday as it welcomes Cornell to Harvard Stadium for a 12 p.m., game.