Nicolia Nets Four Goals in 16-9 Setback to No. 14/15 BC

Alexis Nicolia has 22 goals on the year (Penny Ashford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Alexis Nicolia scored a season-high four goals, but the Harvard women's lacrosse team dropped a non-conference home game to No. 14/16 Boston College, 16-9, at Harvard Stadium Wednesday evening.

With BC (10-6) holding a 3-0 edge, Keeley MacAfee got the Crimson (7-5) on the scoreboard with a goal off a pass from Audrey Todd, who led Harvard with four ground balls on the evening, at 22:44. Nicolia added an unassisted score with 14:26 to play in the first, bringing Harvard within three, 5-2. The Eagles tacked on five more goals in the half to carry a 10-3 lead into the break. With 26.3 ticks left in the stanza, Julia Glynn slipped a pass to Maeve McMahon for a goal in front of the cage, Harvard's third of the half.

Nicolia opened the scoring in the second half, finding the back of the net just 31 seconds into the frame to cut the deficit to 10-4. Nicolia notched her third of the game at the 24:50 mark, making it a 12-5 contest. With 22:25 to go, Nicolia scored again with a hard shot into the top of the cage, 12-6.

The Crimson continued to find the scoring touch in the second half, as Maria Romeo added a tally at 16:41, 13-7. With less than five minutes to play, McMahon netted her second goal off an assist by Todd. Just 50 seconds later, Todd scored a goal, accepting a pass from Glynn, to make it 15-9.

Kelly Weis finished with four saves for the Crimson, while BC goalie Zoe Ochoa recorded 10 stops. Harvard outshot the Eagles, 27-25, and finished 8-of-9 on clear attempts. Nekele McCall won five draw controls for the Crimson.

Harvard will close out its home schedule on Saturday, April 23 against No. 16/20 Cornell. The game, which will begin at 3 p.m., will serve as Senior Day for the Crimson's six seniors (Meghan Bauer, Alexis Nicolia, Madeline Silverman, Audrey Todd, Tory Waldstein and Kelly Weis).

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.