Women’s Lacrosse Suffers Heartbreaking Overtime Loss to No. 6 Syracuse, 17-16

Women’s Lacrosse Suffers Heartbreaking Overtime Loss to No. 6 Syracuse, 17-16

Senior Maeve McMahon totaled seven draw controls against No. 6 Syracuse on Saturday (Harvard Athletic Communications). 

– The Harvard women's lacrosse team (4-2) rallied from a late four-goal deficit in the second half to force overtime Saturday night against No. 6 Syracuse (8-2), but the Orange would net the game-winner in the extra frame to take a 17-16 decision in Winter Park, Florida.

Julia Glynn led the Harvard offense with four goals, all of which came in the Crimson's second-half rally. Marisa Romeo had a hat trick for the fourth-straight game, while also dishing out three assists. Maeve McMahon racked up seven draw controls, with Megan Hennessey collecting four. Meredith Brown made seven saves in goal for the Crimson. Harvard outshot Syracuse, 32-24.

The squads traded goals through the first 12 minutes of the contest, standing even at 3-3. McMahon was the first Crimson to score, finding the mesh at 4:10. Marina Burke and Caroline Garrity responded to the next Syracuse goals to keep the game tied.

The Orange strung together five of the next six goals during a seven-minute stretch midway through the first half to build an 8-4 advantage. Katie Muldoon and Nicole Baiocco scored back-to-back goals to cut the deficit back to two goals, but the Orange closed out the frame with two more tallies to take a 10-6 edge into halftime.

The second half began similar to the first, as the teams traded scoring opportunities. Hennessey and Glynn each snapped the twine in the first seven minutes to keep the Crimson within four, 12-8. Syracuse tried to pull away scoring the next two, but leading-scorer Marisa Romeo netted a pair separated by 90 seconds to get the Crimson back into striking distance at 14-10 with 14:12 left to play. Harvard built on that momentum, scoring six of the last eight goals during regulation to send the game to overtime. Glynn scored three times in the final 7:31, while Keeley MacAfee scored twice to bring the score even at 15-15.

Syracuse's Nicole Levy scored with 41 seconds left to put the Orange ahead, but Baiocco had the response for the Crimson with nine ticks left on the clock to send the game to an extra period.

Syracuse had the final say though, as Mary Rahal scored with 2:20 left in the extra period to give the Orange a 17-16 victory.

Harvard is back in action Wednesday at home, hosting Massachusetts in a 7 p.m. game that will be broadcast live on NESN.