Harvard will face Penn in the first round of the Ivy League tournament (Penny Ashford).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Triumphant in its final contest of the season, Harvard women's lacrosse scored early and often en route to a 13-4 victory over Yale Saturday at Reese Stadium. With the win, Harvard qualified for the Ivy League tournament as the No. 4 seed, where the squad will face top-ranked Penn.
Junior Megan Hennessey scored a game-high four goals to lead the Harvard offense, while classmate Maeve McMahon tallied a hat trick of her own. Senior Alexis Nicolia, Junior Marisa Romeo and Sophomore Caroline Ashford scored twice apiece, while Romeo recorded a game-high four assists. Harvard outshot Yale, 31-16, holding the Bulldogs to just eight shots in each half.
Senior Kelly Weis made 11 saves in front of the net, which is her second-highest total this season. The Crimson forced 11 Yale turnovers in the contest, and collected 14 ground balls against only nine for Yale.
Nicolia scored 5:59 into the first half to give Harvard the lead, 1-0, and the advantage quickly jumped to 5-0 with four goals over the next seven minutes after two scores from McMahon and a goal apiece from Hennessey and Nicolia. McMahon completed her hat trick with 9:26 left on the clock in the first half, while Megan Hennessey extended the Harvard lead to 7-0 with 44 seconds to go in the opening frame.
Yale tallied a goal right before the intermission, but six-straight scores to open the second half quickly pushed the game out of reach for the Bulldogs. Hennessey tallied her third of the game just 36 seconds into the second half, followed by two-goal runs by Ashford and Romeo. Hennessey finished the Crimson scoring with an unassisted tally with 13:27 left to play.
The Bulldogs added three late scores, but Harvard claimed its ninth victory of the year and fourth in Ancient Eight play. The Crimson will travel to Penn for the Ivy League tournament May 6 as the No. 4 seed, where it will play the host-Quakers in the semifinals at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on ASN and the Ivy League Digital Network.