Romeo, Todd Lead Harvard Women’s Lacrosse Past Vanderbilt, 12-8


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Harvard 12, Vanderbilt 8
Vanderbilt (4-7, 1-1 ALC)
Harvard (5-4, 2-1 Ivy)
Harvard Stadium
Harvard trails, 1-2
vs. Brown, April 5

Marisa Romeo now leads Harvard with 32 goals this spring (Ted Keating).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team scored the game's first six goals and never looked back, as the Crimson knocked off Vanderbilt, 12-8, in a non-conference game at Harvard Stadium Wednesday afternoon.

Marisa Romeo netted a career-high six goals  on seven shots, while Audrey Todd added a hat trick and an assist in the victory for Harvard (5-4). Todd also snared three ground balls, and Alexis Nicolia led the Crimson with three draw controls. In net, Kelly Weis recorded 10 saves for her fifth victory of the year.

Abby Wheeler netted five scores for Vanderbilt, which slips to 4-7 on the year. Maddie Kratz made six saves in relief for the Commodores and allowed six goals.

Vanderbilt held the edge in shots, 25-22, ground balls, 16-15, and draw controls, 113-9. Harvard finished the game 12-of-16 on clear attempts, while the Commodores went 7-of-9.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Marisa Romeo established a new career-high with a six-goal effort.
  • Romeo scored at least four goals for the third straight game and for the sixth time this season.
  • Audrey Todd had a season-high four points, scoring three times and adding an assist.
  • Todd also led the Crimson with three ground balls and had two draw controls.
  • Alexis Nicolia finished with a season-high three draw controls.
  • Goalie Kelly Weis improved to 5-4 and recorded at least 10 saves for the third time this spring.
  • Harvard finished 3-of-4 on free-position shots, with Romeo scoring all three of them.
  • The Crimson went 12-of-16 on clear attempts and has had at least 10 successful clears in all nine games.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard improves to 3-1 at home and 3-3 in non-conference contests.
  • The Crimson has six games remaining on the schedule, four of which are at Harvard Stadium.
  • A freshman has led Harvard in scoring in each of the first nine games, as Marisa Romeo finished with six points.
  • Marisa Romeo now leads Harvard with 32goals and 36 points.
  • Romeo has scored three free-position goals in each of the last two contests.
  • Romeo has registered at least one point in all nine games.
  • Harvard improves to 1-2 all-time against Vanderbilt.
  • The Crimson had 12 goals on only 18 shots on net.

Game Progression:

  • Harvard scored the game's first six goals and led 6-0 by the 9:10 mark of the first half.
  • Vanderbilt went on a 3-0 run to close out the first half, making the score 6-3 in favor of the Crimson at the break.
  • The Crimson went back up by six goals, 9-3, by the 22:25 mark of the second half.
  • The Commodores scored five of the game's last eight goals, but could not get closer than a four-goal deficit.

Ties: None
Lead Changes: One
Largest Leads: Harvard by 6 (twice) – 1st: 9:10, 2nd: 22:25, Vanderbilt – none

Up Next:
Harvard remains home to face Brown in a key Ivy League contest Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.