Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Massachusetts, 16-9

McMahon tallied her first hat trick of the season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On a frigid and windy night at Harvard Stadium, Harvard women's lacrosse fell to Massachusetts, 16-9, on Wednesday night.

Senior Maeve McMahon led the Crimson (4-3) offense with a career-best four goals and five points, while classmate Marisa Romeo and sophomore Keeley MacAfee netted two scores apiece. Freshman Katie Muldoon tallied a team-high two assists, and the Crimson offense tallied 25 shots in the game.

On the defensive side, junior Meredith Brown totaled a career-best 12 saves, while senior Megan Hennessey and sophomore Caroline Garrity picked up three ground balls apiece. Harvard forced 17 Massachusetts (4-3) turnovers.

Romeo opened the scoring with an unassisted tally just over two minutes into the opening period, but the Minutewomen responded with the next four tallies. McMahon netted her first in the game to stop the run, but another trio of Massachusetts goals pushed the lead to 7-2.

Goals from McMahon and MacAfee pulled the Crimson within two scores, and Romeo added a free position goal at the end of the half, but the teams left for intermission with the score at 10-5.

Following a four-goal start to the second half by the Minutewomen, Harvard potted a trio of goals midway through the period out of the sticks of MacAfee, Hennessey and McMahon, and added a final tally with 3:24 remaining when McMahon scored her fourth of the game.

Harvard women's lacrosse continues its three-game homestand with a matchup against Columbia March 25 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Facebook Live and the Ivy League Digital Network.