Kucharczyk Nets Four Goals in Setback at Holy Cross

Kucharczyk Nets Four Goals in Setback at Holy Cross

Nina Kucharczyk and the Crimson return to conference play at No. 13 Princeton Saturday (Craig Cyr).

WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Nina Kucharczyk scored a career-high four goals, earning her first-career hat trick, but the Harvard women's lacrosse trailed Holy Cross early and could not comeback, falling 17-12 Wednesday evening.

Audrey Todd added a goal and two assists, while Alexis Nicolia netted two goals for Harvard (2-8). Laura Ryan tallied five goals, and Taylor Zebrowski had four goals and three assists for Holy Cross (6-8).

Micaela Cyr led the Crimson with five draw controls, while also grabbing a team-high ground balls.

Holy Cross jumped out to an 8-0 lead, but Cyr got the Crimson on the scoreboard off a free-position shot at 12:51. Harvard added another goal off a free-position attempt, this time off the stick of Catherine Brown at the 8:19 mark. With just over three minutes left in the first, Kucharczyk made it a five-goal game with a tally, and then Todd sent a pass to classmate Nicolia for the Crimson's fourth straight goal with 2:02 to play.

With 18 ticks left on the clock in the opening stanza, Chelsey Newman cut the deficit to just three goals, 8-5, as the Crimson closed the half with a 5-0 run.

Early in the second, Kucharczyk struck again, as the Crimson got within two, 8-6, but Holy Cross snapped the Harvard goal streak with 22:28 remaining. The Crusaders netted the game's next four goals until Kucharczyk completed her hat trick with a third tally with 14:27 left in the second.

Down the stretch in the second half, Kyleigh Keating had the scoring touch at 11:06, and then Todd assisted on another goal by Nicolia at 9:42, 15-9. With 6:13 left to play, Keating found Todd for Harvard's 10th goal, getting the Crimson back within five, 15-10. Kucharczyk netted her fourth goal with 3:42 remaining, and then Morgan Powell made it a 17-12 contest with a tally at 2:28.

Melanie Cook started the game in net for Harvard and made one save, while Jenn Hatfield recorded three stops in relief. Holy Cross goalie Sarah Weber turned aside seven shots.

Harvard held the final count in shots, 32-27, and draw controls, 18-13, while the Crusaders owned the edge in ground balls, 9-8. The Crimson was 7-of-8 on clear attempts and 4-of-5 on free-position attempts.

The Crimson will visit Princeton Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m.