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Harvard Women’s Lacrosse Drops Heartbreaker at BU, 12-11

Alexis Nicolia had a goal and four draw controls against the Terriers (Ted Keating).

BOSTON – With 11 seconds remaining in regulation, Boston University grabbed its first lead of the game and held off Harvard by a score of 12-11 Friday evening at Nickerson Field.

Danielle Tetreault tallied a hat trick, while Audrey Todd, Kyleigh Keating and Micaela Cyr scored two goals apiece for the Crimson, which sees its record fall to 2-5 on the year. Cyr and Todd also added one assist each for three point efforts, while Keating tied her career-high with six draw controls. Alexis Nicolia contributed four draw controls, and Cyr led the way for Harvard with three ground balls.

Danielle Etrasco paced BU (3-5) with four goals and five points. Harvard goalie Melanie Cook recorded eight saves, while Christina Sheridan made 12 saves in net for the Terriers. Harvard led the final count in shots, 25-23, and draw controls, 17-8, while BU owned the edge in ground balls, 17-13. The Crimson finished 9-of-12 on clear attempts and was 1-of-5 on free-position attempts.

Keating tallied two goals in the opening minutes to give the Crimson a 2-0 advantage by the 28:03 mark. Just over three minutes later, Todd sent a pass to Tetreault, who finished with another Harvard tally, making it 3-0. With 21:38 to play in the opening half, Cyr notched a goal, and then Lauren Tomkinson assisted on a score by Nicolia, as the Crimson went up, 5-0, with 19:31 remaining.

Tetreault found the back of the net again at 15:29, extending the Harvard lead to 6-0. With 13:00 to go, Tetreault made it 7-1 in favor of the Crimson, but the Terriers followed by rattling off four straight goals to pull within two, 7-5. With 20 seconds left in the first, Todd snapped the BU run with a score, as Harvard led, 8-5, entering the break.

In the second, Cyr put the Crimson up four, 9-5, with a goal only 26 seconds into the frame, but again, BU answered, this time with a 3-0 run to cut the Harvard lead to just one, 9-8. With 23:17 left, Todd netted her second goal, making it 10-8, but the Terriers came back to tie the game, 10-10, with 11:50 to go.

Nina Kucharczyk reclaimed the lead for the Crimson with a goal with 7:10 to play, 11-10, but BU knotted the game again at the 4:50 mark.

In the final seconds, BU earned a free-position shot and Sydney Godett capitalized firing a shot past Cook for the game-winner with 11 seconds to play.

Up next, Harvard will travel to face Vanderbilt Monday, April 1 at 3 p.m. EST.