Women’s Lacrosse Edges UNH, 12-11

Audrey Todd and the Crimson are off to a 4-1 start this spring (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Audrey Todd scored a hat trick, and Kelly Weis recorded seven saves to guide the Harvard women's lacrosse team to a 12-11 win over New Hampshire in the Crimson's home opener Saturday at Jordan Field.

Harvard led, 4-2, at the half and, 12-5, with 7:36 remaining, but the Wildcats went on a 6-0 run in the final minutes.  The Crimson outshot UNH, 29-20, and had the edge in ground balls, 15-10, while the Wildcats led in draw controls, 15-12.

Maeve McMahon, Eliza Guild and Alexis Nicolia all netted two goals for Harvard, who improves to 4-1 overall. Marissa Gurello and Krissy Schafer each tallied three goals for the Wildcats, who slip to 2-5 on the spring. UNH goalie Kate Clancy finished with 11 saves. Harvard's Marina Burke caused four turnovers and led the team with four ground balls.

Weis is now fifth in school history with 367 career saves.  Harvard is off to its best start since going 7-1 to begin the 2008 season.

Following a goal by Julia Glynn at 18:59 of the first, McMahon gave Harvard a 2-1 lead with a tally at 17:30. With 7:32 remaining in the half, McMahon struck again, 3-2, and began a 5-0 run for the Crimson. At the 4:27 mark, Romeo found the back of the net to put Harvard up, 4-2, for the final goal of the half.

In the second, Eliza Guild netted an unassisted score at 28:04, and Todd followed with a free-position goal at 27:22. Keeley MacAfee capped the run at 23:10, as the Crimson went on top, 7-2.

At 21:39, Todd scored off a pass from Glynn, and Nicolia followed with back-to-back goals at 18:48 and 17:42, to push the lead to 10-3.  Guild tacked on another score for Harvard, 11-3, at 14:22, but UNH answered with two goals in the next five minutes to make it 11-5 with 9:40 left.

Todd put Harvard up by seven, 12-5, at 7:36, before the Wildcats went on a 6-0 run to get within one, 12-11, with nine seconds remaining. Harvard won the final draw control of the game to seal the victory.

Harvard will remain at home to host No. 3 Syracuse Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. The game will be played at Jordan Field and will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.