Nicolia's Hat Trick Not Enough as Women's Lacrosse Falls to No. 4/3 Syracuse, 16-9

Nicolia's hat trick was her first since 2014 (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Alexis Nicolia scored three goals as the Harvard women's lacrosse team fell to No. 4/3 Syracuse Wednesday night at Jordan Field, 16-9.

Nicolia's hat trick was her first of the year and sixth of her career. Marisa Romeo added two scores of her own, as Keeley MacAfee totaled one goal, two assists and four ground balls. Maeve McMahon (1g, 1a) and Julia Glynn (1g, 1a) chipped in multi-point performances of their own, with McMahon also collecting four ground balls.

Kelly Weis took the loss in goal, allowing eight goals over the first 18:24 of play. Meredith Brown backed up Weiss and also allowed eight goals over 36:12, with Olivia Gundrum stepping between the pipes for the final 5:24.

The loss snaps Harvard's three-game win streak and drops the Crimson to 4-2 on the year.

Syracuse (7-2) was paced by Nicole Levy (4g, 1a) and Halle Majorana (3g, 2a) who each turned in five points. The Orange also had a trio of goalies see action, with Allie Murray making four saves in 39:38 of action for the win.

Harvard won the opening draw and was patient on the game's first possession, but a turnover led to a quick Syracuse goal as the Orange rolled out to a 3-0 lead. After back-to-back strikes by Nicolia pulled the Crimson within 3-2, Syracuse erupted for eight goals over the half's final 15:03 for an 11-4 advantage.

The Orange extended its lead to 14-4 before Nicolia's third of the day was followed by two from Romeo, making it a 14-7 game. Syracuse answered with two of its own to halt any chance at a comeback, with Glynn and MacAfee rounding out the scoring to put the final at 16-9.

Harvard will head back out on the road this weekend as it travels to Holy Cross on Saturday, March 22 for a 6 p.m. draw.