Seven players scored in Harvard's third straight win over Yale (Craig Cyr).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With the score tied 2-2, the Harvard women's lacrosse team netted five unanswered goals over the course of 29:45 en route to its third straight win over Yale, 10-5, on Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium.
Harvard (2-4, 1-2 Ivy) featured a balanced scoring attack as seven different players recorded a goal in the contest. Micaela Cyr posted her sixth straight game registering a point as the captain led the Crimson with four points on two goals and two assists. Classmate Danielle Tetreault and freshman Alexis Nicolia each found the back of the net twice while senior Mariel Jenkins, juniors Kyleigh Keating and Lauren Tomkinson and freshman Audrey Todd contributed a goal apiece. Senior Melanie Cook recorded six saves in between the pipes for the Crimson.
Cyr started the scoring at the 25:07 minute mark, on Harvard's first free position attempt of the day. Sophomore Cathryn Avallone put Yale (4-4, 0-3 Ivy) on the board six minutes later to even the score, 1-1. Yale's Nicole Daniggelis followed a minute later to give the Bulldogs their only lead of the afternoon when the freshman found the back off the net off a pass from junior Jen DeVito.
Harvard commanded the remainder of the first frame as Nicolia netted her first goal of the day at the 11:39 minute mark to tie the game at 2-2. Off a Yale turnover, Todd regained the lead for the Crimson, 3-2, with 9:27 to play before intermission. Cyr made a spin move right in front of Yale's goaltender Erin McMullan to cushion Harvard's lead to two goals before the break.
Just 16 seconds out of the locker rooms, Jenkins secured the first draw control of the second half, raced toward McMullan and netted her first goal of the season. The Crimson controlled the ball for the majority of the next 10 minutes receiving unassisted goals by Tomkinson and Tetreault, as Yale continued its scoreless draught, to hold a 7-2 lead with 20 minutes to play in the game.
Yale attempted a comeback scoring twice within a four minute span to cut the Crimson's lead, 7-3, with 14:40 to play, but Harvard went on to score three goals, including a shorthanded goal by Keating, to complete their first Ivy League victory of the season.
Harvard held advantages in shots, 29-20, and ground balls, 21-19, while Yale won more draws, 11-6.
The Crimson will make the short trip to Boston University, Friday, March 29. First draw is set for 7 p.m. at Nickerson Field.