Women’s Lacrosse Falls Short in Defensive Battle with No. 10/11 Princeton, 6-5

Alexis Nicolia and the Crimson will host Dartmouth April 2 (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team could not find the equalizer in the final seconds, falling at home to No. 10/11 Princeton by a score of 6-5 at Harvard Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Harvard goalie Kelly Weis recorded four saves to move into a third-place tie on Harvard's all-time list with Kate Schutt '99 (389). The Crimson (5-3, 1-1 Ivy League) outshot the Tigers (5-2, 2-0), 28-15, and owned the edge in draw controls, 9-4, but Princeton goalie Ellie DeGarmo made 14 saves to hold Harvard to five goals.

After Princeton went up, 1-0, Julia Glynn answered just 10 seconds later to knot the game at 25:39. With 17:37 remaining in the half, Marisa Romeo scored off a free-position shot to make it a 2-2 contest. At 4:19, Nekele McCall brought the Crimson within one late in the first, finding the back of the net off a pass from Keeley MacAfee, 4-3.

Alexis Nicolia tied the game early on in the second, 4-4, scoring after receiving a pass in front from Maeve McMahon at 25:42. With the Tigers holding a 5-4 lead midway through the second stanza, Olivia Hempe gave Princeton a two-goal cushion with 11:57 to play.

McMahon answered with a tally at 9:54 to make it a one-goal game, 6-5. Megan Hennessey earned the assist on the goal for the Crimson.   

Harvard thought it had the equalizer with 50.4 seconds remaining, but Glynn's goal was waved off because of an illegal stick, as Princeton kept its 6-5 lead. In the final seconds, Harvard forced a turnover deep in the Princeton zone, but Hennessey's two shot attempts before the buzzer were stopped in front of the cage.

The Crimson was once again perfect on clear attempts, going 14-of-14.

Harvard will remain home and will welcome Dartmouth to Harvard Stadium Saturday, April 2 for a 1 p.m. tilt. The will be broadcast live on NESNplus and the Ivy League Digital Network.