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No. 16 Harvard Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Cornell, 12-6

Cyr led the Crimson with her first hat trick of the season in a losing effort against Cornell (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 16 Harvard women's lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the 2012 campaign Saturday, 12-6, against Cornell at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Micaela Cyr recorded a hat trick and Danielle Tetreault registered a two-goal game to lead the Crimson (1-1) offense while Kelly Weis recorded eight saves in the losing effort. Cyr converted three of four shot attempts and produced in the defensive game as well, as she led the team in caused turnovers with three and tallied two groundballs.   

Cornell (2-0) held advantages in many statistical categories, including a 33-18 edge in shots. The Big Red also finished the contest leading in groudballs, 15-11, and draw controls, 11-9. Amanda D'Amico led Cornell with three goals while four other Big Red student-athletes had two-goal games including Jessi Steinburg, Olivia Knotts, Shannon McHugh, and Caroline Salisbury. Cacki Helmer was a force in the defensive game, leading the team in groundballs with six and caused turnovers tallying four.

The Big Red opened the scoring early in the first half as Knotts took a pass from McHugh, and notched her fourth goal of the season less than three minutes in. Harvard responded at the 26:25 mark of the first half as Tetreault evened the score at 1-1, tallying her second goal in 2012. Lindsay Toppe put Cornell back on top 2-1 with 16:37 left in first half and sparked a run of four-straight goals for the Big Red. Caroline Salisbury tallied two of those markers, with the first coming at 8:46 off a free-position opportunity, and the second at 4:01. McHugh made it 5-1 Cornell with 2:07 left in the half, tallying her third goal of the season, but Harvard ended the stanza on a high note, cutting the deficit to 5-2, as Tetreault scored her second goal of the day with 1:50 left in the frame.

Harvard climbed even closer to begin the second half when Jenn Leffew notched Harvard's third goal of the game, assisted by Jennifer VanderMeulen. Cyr scored her first of the game, second of the season, with the assist credited to Leffew, four minutes later. The Big Red answered right back, scoring the next two goals to increase its lead to 7-4 thanks to two markers by Steinberg. The Crimson didn't go away, however, responding just 13 seconds later as Cyr scored her second of the game to make it 7-5. Cornell struck again though, scoring the next two to make it a 9-5 game, before Cyr found the back of the net for a third time completing the hat trick at the 14:32 mark of the second half. The Big Red finished teh game on a 3-0 run to seal the victory 12-6.

Harvard will return to action Tuesday, March 6 against James Madison at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. First draw is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.