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Women's Lacrosse Falls at No. 9/9 Virginia, 12-6

Tetreault scored two goals as the Crimson fell at No. 9/9 Virginia Monday night (Kevin Burns).

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team played its second straight game against a top 10 opponent and came up on the wrong end of a 12-6 score Monday night at No. 9/9 Virginia.

Virginia (9-4) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with Katie Slater scoring off the opening draw and Josie Owen finding the back of the net just 2:36 into play. Jenn Leffew cut Harvard's (4-6) deficit to 2-1 off a feed from Chelsey Newman, but four straight Cavalier goals gave UVa a 6-1 advantage at the intermission.

Owen gave Virginia a 7-1 lead out of the break before Melanie Baskind ended the Crimson's drought to pull within 7-2. After another Owen score, Danielle Tetreault sandwiched a pair of goals around a Kyleigh Keating tally to pull Harvard within three, 8-5. That would be as close as the Crimson would get however, as a pair of Cavalier goals pushed the lead to 10-5. Jennifer VanderMeulen added a sixth goal for Harvard before UVa added two more goals for the final 12-6 margin.

Tetreault led the Crimson attack with two goals on three shots, and added a draw control and caused turnover on the defensive side. Baskind turned in a solid all-around performance with one goal, three ground balls, one draw control and one caused turnover while Kelly Weis came away with seven saves in goal.

UVa outshot the Crimson 19-14 and held a 12-6 advantage in ground balls. Harvard did outdraw the Cavaliers, 11-9, but committed 14 turnovers to just six for Virginia. Owen notched six goals on eight shots to pace UVa's offense as seven different Cavaliers scored in the victory. Kim Kolarik came away with four saves.

Harvard returns home Saturday, April 7 as it returns to Ivy League action against Brown. First draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Game Notes: Five of Harvard's six losses this season have come against teams ranked in the top 20 … Melanie Baskind has scored multiple points in four straight games.