Freshman Alexis Nicolia leads Harvard with eight goals this spring (Craig Cyr).
ITHACA, N.Y. – Micaela Cyr and Audrey Todd each scored two goals and handed out two assists for five-point efforts, but the Crimson women's lacrosse team fell in its Ivy League opener, 17-12, at No. 15 Cornell Saturday afternoon.
Alexis Nicolia also recorded her second straight hat trick in as many games for Harvard, who falls to 0-2 and 0-1 in conference play. Cyr led Harvard with five draw controls and had three ground balls, while Danielle Tetreault added four draw controls and three ground balls.
Lindsay Toppe paced the Big Red (2-0, 1-0 Ivy) with four goals and five assists for nine points.
The Big Red struck first with a goal off a free-position shot in the opening minutes, but Nicolia knotted the game with a tally off a pass by Cyr at 23:37. After Cyr tied the game, 2-2, with a tally in front at the 20:45 mark, Cornell reclaimed the lead with back-to-back goals moments later, making it 4-2. With 15 minutes to go in the first, Todd found the back of the net to pull the Crimson within one, 4-3, but the Big Red answered with two goals to go up, 6-3, with nine minutes left in the frame.
With the Big Red leading, 7-3, Todd netted her second goal of the game with 5:22 remaining in the half, and then Todd assisted on a tally by Kyleigh Keating, bringing Harvard within two, 7-5. At the break, Cornell led, 8-5, and had the edge in shots, 15-10, and ground balls, 9-6.
Early in the second, the Big Red tacked on another goal, 9-5, but Tetreault fired for a goal moments later, keeping the Crimson within three, 9-6. Cornell stretched its lead to 13-6 with 20 minutes remaining, but Cyr ended the run with her second tally, followed by another goal by Nicolia, 13-8.
Later in the frame, Cyr tallied her third goal of the game, making it a 15-9 contest, and then Todd completed her hat trick with a goal at the 10:33 mark, 16-10. Seconds later, Chloe Soukas added another Harvard goal, pulling the Crimson within five, 16-11. After another goal by Nicolia made it 16-12, but the Crimson could not inch closer.
Annie Meyjes started the game in net for the Crimson, finishing with three saves and one ground ball in more than 33 minutes of action. Melanie Cook finished the contest as the Harvard goalie, making four stops.
Harvard led in draw controls, 17-14, for the game, while Cornell had the edge in shots, 32-24, and ground balls, 18-13.
The Crimson will host No. 18 Penn in Harvard's home opener Saturday, March 9 at noon.