Kyleigh Keating had four points at Stanford Sunday (Gil Talbot).
STANFORD, Calif. – Freshman Alexis Nicolia tallied five goals and added an assist for six points in her career debut, but the No. 17 Harvard women's lacrosse team fell on the road at Stanford, 18-13, in the season opener Sunday afternoon.
Micaela Cyr and Kyleigh Keating each scored two goals and dished out two assists for the Crimson (0-1), while goalie Annie Meyjes recorded 14 saves, while collecting three ground balls. Stanford (1-1) was led by Kyle Fraser and Meg Lentz, who recorded hat tricks.
After Harvard jumped out to a two-goal lead with back-to-back scores by Nicolia, Stanford knotted the score at the 25:30 mark of the first. Kasey Uhlenhuth put Harvard back in front, 3-2, at 22:43, but the Cardinal went on a 3-0 run to make it a 5-3 contest with 15 minutes to go in the opening half.
Audrey Todd netted consecutive goals, including one on a free-position shot, and Nicolia put Harvard ahead, 6-5, with a score at the 11:27 mark. Stanford answered back with three tallies to take a 9-6 lead into the break.
In the second, the Cardinal tallied four of the first give goals to grab a five-goal edge, 12-7. Cyr and Nicola each found the back of the net midway through the period to pull Harvard within four, 13-9, but Stanford went on a 3-0 run to make it a 16-9 contest with 12:50 remaining.
With less than 12 minutes to go, Keating scored on a free-position shot, followed by a goals by Danielle Tetreault and Cyr, as the Crimson made it a four-goal contest with 4:03 remaining. Keating found Nicolia for the rookie's fifth goal of the contest with 3:14 to play, but the Crimson could not inch closer.
Cyr and Lauren Tomkinson paced Harvard with three draw controls apiece. Stanford held the final count in shots, 35-20, including an 18-8 edge in the second half. The Cardinal also led in ground balls, 17-13, and draw controls, 21-12. The Crimson finished 4-of-5 on free-position shots and was 13-of-14 on clear attempts.
Harvard will open conference play at Cornell Saturday, March 2 at noon.