Comeback Falls Short for Women’s Lacrosse at No. 14 Stanford, 14-10

Comeback Falls Short for Women’s Lacrosse at No. 14 Stanford, 14-10

Alexis Nicolia netted three goals against the Cardinal (Craig Cyr).

STANFORD, Calif. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team netted seven goals in the second half, but could not close the gap, falling, 14-10, at No. 14 Stanford Saturday afternoon.

In the Crimson's season opener, Alexis Nicolia tallied three goals, while freshman Maria Romeo had a hat trick in her career debut. In net, goalie Kelly Weis turned aside nine shots for Harvard.

After the Cardinal (2-0) went up, 4-0, the Crimson responded with a goal off a free-position attempt by Nicolia with 19:58 remaining in the first half. Nicolia tacked on another goal at 18:52, as Harvard cut the deficit in half, 4-2.

Later on in the opening stanza, Stanford went on a 3-0 run to make it a 7-2 contest with just over eight minutes to play in the half. At the 6:08 mark, Romeo netted the first goal of her career on a free-position attempt, making it 7-3. At the break, Stanford led, 8-3, and had the edge in shots, 14-8, and ground balls, 10-8.

The Crimson opened the scoring in the second half with a tally by Maeve McMahon off a pass by Kyleigh Keating at 29:06. Stanford responded with a 4-0 run to pull ahead 12-4 with 16:55 remaining in the game. Less than a minute later, Stephanie Carr netted a man-up goal for the Crimson, and then Nicolia scored for the third time of the day, as the Crimson cut the Stanford lead to 12-6.

Harvard continued its run with a goal at 10:26 by Megan Hennessey and another one just 35 seconds later off the stick of Romeo, making it a 12-8 contest. After Stanford went back up by six, 14-8, Romeo found the back of the net again at 5:35, before Meghan Bauer capped the scoring on the afternoon with 1:10 to play.

Weis paced Harvard with five ground balls, while Hennessey, who had a goal and two assists on the day, led the team with three draw controls.

Stanford outshot the Crimson, 31-21, ground balls, 16-14, and draw controls, 15-11. Harvard finished the day 10-of-15 on clear attempts.

Stanford goalie finished the game with eight saves.

The Crimson will remain in California and will visit St. Mary's Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. EST.