Harvard Women’s Lacrosse Suffers Setback to Dartmouth, 9-8, on Senior Night


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Dartmouth 9, Harvard 8
Dartmouth (6-8, 3-4 Ivy)
Harvard (9-6, 4-3 Ivy)
Harvard Stadium
Series tied, 20-20-1
vs. Dartmouth, April 25

Marina Burke caused two turnovers against the Big Green (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Despite a 32-19 advantage in shots, the Harvard women's lacrosse team fell at home to Dartmouth by a score of 9-8 at Harvard Stadium Friday evening.

Marisa Romeo led Harvard with three points on two goals and one assist, while Chelsey Newman and Megan Hennessey each added two goals. Goalie Kelly Weis recorded seven saves in net for the Crimson, who completes the regular season 9-6 overall and 4-3 in the Ivy League. The Crimson, which has qualified for the upcoming Ivy League tournament, will learn its semifinal round opponent later this weekend. The conference tournament will be hosted at Princeton May 2-4.

Liz Calby scored four times, and Kristen Giovanniello turned aside 16 shots in net for Dartmouth, who finishes the year 6-8 and 3-4 in the Ancient Eight.

Prior to the game, Harvard's seniors (Kyleigh Keating, Chelsey Newman and Chloe Soukas) were honored in a pre-game ceremony.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Maria Romeo led Harvard in scoring with three points on two goals and one assist.
  • Romeo paces the Crimson with 46 goals and 53 points this spring.
  • Chelsey Newman and Megan Hennessey both scored two goals.
  • Audrey Todd won four draw controls, a team-high Friday.
  • Harvard was 11-of-15 on clear attempts and has had at least 10 successful clears in all 15 games.
  • The Crimson held the advantage in shots, 32-19, and draw controls, 11-8, while ground balls were even, 15-15.
  • Kelly Weis recorded seven saves in net for Harvard.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard completes the regular season 5-3 at home and 4-3 in the Ivy League.
  • Harvard has clinched a spot in next week's Ivy League tournament and will either be the No. 3 or No. 4 seed.
  • The Crimson's nine victories (9-6) are the most for the program since finishing 9-7 in 2012.
  • A freshman has led Harvard in scoring in 13 of the first 15 games.
  • Marisa Romeo has scored 18 goals in Ivy League contests.
  • Romeo needs ftwo goals to move into an 11th place tie for most tallies in a single season in school history.
  • Romeo extended her point scoring streak to 15 games.
  • Kelly Weis now boasts a 9.36 goals-against average and .467 save percentage for the year.
  • The all-time series between Harvard and Dartmouth is now tied, 20-20-1.

Game Progression:

  • Harvard scored the game's first two goals, leading, 2-0, at 26:54 of the first half.
  • The Big Green answered with a 5-0 run to go up 5-2 by the 9:51 mark.
  • Harvard tallied the game's next five goals, making it 7-5 with 27:27 remaining in the game.
  • The teams traded the next two goals before the Big Green concluded the game with a 3-0 run, scoring the game-winner with 1:16 to play.

Ties: Three
Lead Changes: Four
Largest Leads: Harvard by two (twice) – 1st: 26:54, 2nd: 27:27, Columbia by three - 1st: 9:51

Up Next:
Harvard will head to Princeton, N.J., for the Ivy League tournament May 2-4. The Crimson will be either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed and will learn its opponent later this weekend.