Second-Half Surge Leads Women’s Lacrosse Past UNH, 18-11

Second-Half Surge Leads Women’s Lacrosse Past UNH, 18-11

Keeley MacAfee and the Crimson are off to a 1-0 start (Gil Talbot).

DURHAM, N.H. -- In its season opener, the Harvard women's lacrosse team outscored New Hampshire, 10-3, in the second half to emerge with an 18-11 road victory Saturday afternoon.

Marisa Romeo and Keeley MacAfee each recorded four goals and an assist for the Crimson, while goalie Meredith Brown picked up the victory, making seven saves. Megan Hennessey paced Harvard with five draw controls, six ground balls and four caused turnovers. Harvard allowed only seven shots and five shots on goal in the second half.

The Crimson outshot the Wildcats, 43-23, and enjoyed the edge in ground balls, 23-12, and draw controls, 18-13.

After UNH (0-1) got an early goal just 1:23 into the contest, Maeve McMahon tallied the Crimson's first score of the season, coming off a pass from MacAfee at 25:48. Romeo tacked on another goal for Harvard at the 23:30 mark to knot the game, 2-2.

With the Crimson trailing, 4-2, Nicole Baiocco converted on a free-position attempt with 17:49 to go in the first half. Harvard netted the next two goals on unassisted tallies by Romeo and MacAfee to grab a 5-4 advantage with 10:31 to go in the frame. Just 78 seconds later, McMahon scored her second of the game as the Crimson stretched its lead to 6-4.

At the 6:51 mark, Baiocco gave the Crimson another two-goal lead as she took a pass from McMahon and fired a shot, making it 7-5. Following a three-goal run by the Wildcats which put them on top, 8-7, Romeo tied the game with two seconds remaining in the half.

Early in the second, MacAfee gave Harvard a 9-8 lead at 25:06, and just moments later, Katie Muldoon made it a 10-8 contest with an unassisted tally at 24:28.

Romeo picked up her fourth goal of the game with 18:55 to play, and 15 seconds later, Julia Glynn found the back of the net, as the Crimson extended its lead to 12-8.

In the final minutes, MacAfee capped her hat trick with her third goal at the 14:58 mark, 13-9, and then Rosemary Scalise gave the Crimson a five-goal cushion at 14:12, 14-9. Harvard went on to score three more times in its second five-goal run of the game, as Marina Burke (11:02), Eliza Guild (10:22) and MacAfee (9:30) pushed the Crimson lead to 17-9. Megan Hennessey capped the scoring for Harvard with a free-position goal with 17 ticks left on the clock, 18-11.

Wildcats' goalie Kate Clancy made 19 saves and Devon Croke scored four goals in a losing effort.

The Crimson will visit No. 17 Boston College Saturday, Feb. 25. Game time is set for 1 p.m.