Julia Glynn celebrates one of Harvard's 13 goals Tuesday evening (Penny Ashford).
WORCESTER, Mass. – Maeve McMahon scored four goals in the first half, and Marisa Romeo led the Crimson with six points on three goals and three assists to lead the Harvard women's lacrosse team to a 13-3 victory at Holy Cross Tuesday evening.
Kelly Weis recorded a career-high 15 saves for Harvard, which improves to 5-2 overall. Julia Maloney made five stops in net for Holy Cross (0-9).
Emma Ford paced the Crimson with four ground balls, and Nekele McCall had a Harvard-high eight draw controls. Tory Waldstein and Marina Burke each caused three turnovers. McMahon's four goals marked a career-high.
McMahon put Harvard up, 1-0, firing a shot for a goal off a pass by Julia Glynn at 27:04. The Crimson extended its lead to 2-0 when Romeo found the back of the net, completing a play by Audrey Todd, at 20:55.
Harvard went on to score the first six goals of the game, leading 6-0 by the 10:23 mark. McMahon notched her second at 16:45, and then she tallied her third at 12:57. Both goals were assisted by Marisa Romeo. With 10:26 left in the half, Nicolia got on the scoresheet, and then Eliza Guild followed with a goal just 13 seconds later.
After Holy Cross made it 6-1, McMahon scored her fourth at the 9:04 mark, before Julia Glynn put Harvard on top, 8-1, at 8:15. In the final minutes of the half, Nicolia extended the lead to 9-1 at 6:16, and Romeo capped the scoring at 2:05.
In the second, the Crimson continued to control play, scoring two early goals at 29:05 by Ali Thaler and 27:05 by Caroline Garrity. Moments later, Romeo got her third of the game to increase the advantage to 13-1 at 25:31.
The Crusaders tallied two late goals, but would not inch closer as the Crimson held on the for the 13-3 victory.
Holy Cross outshot Harvard, 28-22, but the Crimson had the edge in ground balls, 22-16, and draw controls, 11-7. The Crimson went 14-of-15 on clear attempts.
Harvard will open a three-game homestand against No. 10/11 Princeton Saturday, March 26 at 12 p.m. The game will be the Crimson's first at Harvard Stadium this spring, and the contest will be broadcast live on NESNplus and the Ivy League Digital Network.