Women's Lacrosse Edged By Cornell, 11-5, in Ivy Opener

Gil Talbot / Harvard Athletics
Gil Talbot / Harvard Athletics

Keeley MacAfee led the Crimson with two goals and an assist at Cornell. (Gil Talbot)

Senior captain Keeley MacAfee had two goals and an assist, and co-captain Nicole Baiocco added a goal and an assist, but Harvard women's lacrosse (2-2, 0-1 Ivy League) fell in its conference opener to Cornell (1-2, 1-0 Ivy League) on Saturday.

Harvard was even with Cornell in shots on goal (17-17) and held the edge in ground balls (19-15) and draw controls (11-7).

The Crimson took an early 2-1 lead on goals from Baiocco (25:09) and MacAfee (22:12), but then saw the Big Red rattle off six straight goals to close the half with a 7-2 lead.

Sophomores Madison Conklin (4:08) and Tessa Queri (1:46) added goals late in the second half for Harvard, but the Crimson could not make up the early deficit.

Harvard Highlights

  • Sophomore goalie Grace Rotondo made six saves for the Crimson.
  • Collen Burke (two ground balls, three caused turnovers) and Shea Jenkins (three ground balls) led the Crimson in caused turnovers and ground balls.
  • Sophomore Tessa Queri led the Crimson with three draw controls.

Game Notes

  • Harvard held the Big Red scoreless for a period of 11:00 early in the second half, but could not make up ground against Cornell in that span.
  • Harvard was seeking its first win at Cornell since March 5, 2011 (W, 13-12).