Women’s Lacrosse Wins Ivy Opener Against Cornell, 10-7


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Harvard 10, Cornell 7
Harvard (2-1, 1-0 Ivy)
Cornell (1-1, 0-1 Ivy)
Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium
Harvard 23, Cornell 12
at Penn, Saturday, March 8

Maeve McMahon had the first hat trick of her career (Ted Keating).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team only allowed one goal in the second half and held off Cornell by a score of 10-7 Saturday afternoon at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Maeve McMahon paced the Crimson offensively with a hat trick, while Marisa Romeo, Audrey Todd and Alexis Nicolia each netted two goals. In net, Kelly Weis recorded nine saves for Harvard (2-1, 1-0 Ivy League), while Cornell's Renee Poullott stopped seven shots for the Big Red (1-1, 0-1 Ivy League).

McMahon and Chloe Soukas had two draw controls apiece for the Crimson, who outshot Cornell, 26-25, on the afternoon.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Freshman Maeve McMahon recorded the first hat trick of her career.
  • McMahon, Marisa Romeo and Audrey Todd all accumulated three points.
  • Harvard outshot Cornell, 26-25, and has had the advantage in shots in two straight games.
  • Amelia Capone caused two turnovers and had two ground balls.

Game Notes:

  • A freshman has led Harvard in scoring in each of the first three games.
  • Harvard has won two straight contests for the first time since topping Marquette, 18-4, and Yale, 10-5, March 19 and 23 last season.
  • The Crimson improves to 1-0 at home and has seven games in Cambridge remaining on its schedule.
  • Harvard allowed only one goal in the second half, marking the first time the Crimson has allowed one goal or less in a half since winning at Marquette last spring.
  • Goalie Kelly Weis improves to 10-7 in her career
  • The Crimson has successfully cleared the ball at least 10 times in all three games this year.
  • Harvard improves to 1-1 when it trails at the half this season.

Game Progression:

  • The Crimson tied the game, 1-1, at 27:36 of the first half, before Cornell went on a 2-0 run to lead, 3-1, at 26:07.
  • Harvard scored three straight goals from 22:20-15:05 to grab its first advantage on the scoreboard, 4-3.
  • After Cornell answered with a three-goal run of its own from 12:00-3:33, the Crimson netted a late goal in the first half at 2:33, cutting the deficit to 6-5.
  • The Crimson struck three more times consecutively by the 12:22 mark of the second half to go up, 8-6. 
  • The Big Red got back within one, 8-7, at 7:36, but Harvard tallied the final two goals of the game to hang on for the win.

Ties: Four
Lead Changes: Five
Largest Leads: Harvard by three – 2nd: 0:18, Cornell by two - 1st: 3:33

Up Next:
The Crimson will remain in conference play and visit No. 17 Penn Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m. The game will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.