Marina Burke had a goal, five ground balls and five caused turnovers Wednesday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team scored the first eight goals of the game en route to a 12-1 non-conference victory over UMass Lowell at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium Wednesday evening.
Harvard's defense surrendered only one goal for the first time since a 14-1 win over Dartmouth on April 30, 1991.
With the win, the Crimson improves to 7-7 overall, while the River Hawks slip to 0-16. Harvard has now surrendered less than 10 goals on eight occasions this spring.
Eliza Guild and Julia Glynn paced the Crimson with two goals and an assist apiece, while Audrey Todd also added two scores. Marina Burke, who caused five turnovers, and Tory Waldstein each collected five ground balls, and Todd won three draw controls. Kelly Weis and Meredith Brown split time in net for Harvard and recorded a total of three saves.
The River Hawks were led by goalie Courtney Barret, who finished with 13 saves.
Harvard outscored UMass Lowell, 5-0, in the first half, as Todd notched a goal to open the stanza at 18:52, as well as one with 25 seconds left in the frame.
In the second half, Megan Hennessey found the back of the net with 18:52 remaining to make it 8-0 and then Waldstein capped the scoring with 1:05 left, as she put the Crimson on top, 12-1.
Harvard outshot the River Hawks, 39-7, and led in ground balls, 26-18, while going 15-of-17 on clear attempts. Draw controls were even, 7-7.
Harvard will close out the regular season at home against archrival Yale Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. Prior to the game, Hannah Mullen will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony. A Crimson victory over the Bulldogs would clinch the fourth spot for Harvard in the upcoming Ivy League tournament, hosted by Princeton May 1-3.