Strong Second Half Propels Women's Lacrosse Past Johns Hopkins, 12-8

Strong Second Half Propels Women's Lacrosse Past Johns Hopkins, 12-8

Jess Halpern scored four goals in Harvard's 12-8 victory over Johns Hopkins (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team knocked off a tough Johns Hopkins team Sunday afternoon at Harvard Stadium, 12-8. Jess Halpern tallied four goals for the Crimson, which improved to 2-3 on the season. The loss drops the Blue Jays to 4-3.

The first half saw 12 goals scored between the Crimson and Blue Jays, with Harvard lighting the scoreboard first. Jenn VanderMeulen scored her first of the half just one minute, 12 seconds, into the opening stanza. Johns Hopkins was quick to strike back, as Brooke Foussadier tallied her seventh of the season just 34 seconds later to knot the score at 1-1.

Taylor D'Amore gave the Blue Jays their first lead of the half, scoring on a free position shot at the 24:40 mark. VanderMeulen responded with her 12th of the season and second of the game for a 2-2 tie just over a minute later. The teams again traded goals with the Blue Jays striking first as Colleen McCaffrey scoring with 22:36 left on the clock. Jess Halpern evened the score for the Crimson about 90 seconds later.

The Blue Jays built a 7-4 lead late in the first half, but a Melanie Baskind goal with seven ticks before halftime cut the Johns Hopkins lead to two. Johns Hopkins outshot Harvard 13-6 in the first half.  The Blue Jays also converted 7-of-8 clear attempts, while Harvard was 5-of-7.

The Crimson came out firing in the second half, recovering the lead with three straight goals in the first 10 minutes to give Harvard an 8-7 edge. Halpern notched her second of the game, followed by free position goals from VanderMeulen and Tyler Petropulos in the Crimson's early efforts of the half.

D'Amore finished off her hat trick with a Blue Jays goal at the 18:10 mark to tie the game at 8-8. It would be the final tally of the day for the Blue Jays, as the Crimson would reel off the game's final four goals. Halpern scored Harvard's next two goals, giving her four in the game and 10 on the season. Baskind scored her second of the game with just over four minutes remaining and Chelsey Newman's third of season with under two minutes left brought the final score to 12-8.

Each team finished with 10 successful clear attempts and 11 ground balls. Kerry Clark stopped a trio of shots in each half to finish the game with six saves. Baskind, Newman, Alexis Buckley and Catherine Brown each scooped up two ground balls for Harvard.

The Crimson will next be in action at Harvard Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m. when it hosts Yale.