Fitzgerald's Firepower Sparks No. 4 Northwestern by Harvard

Northwestern won a hard-fought battle off the draw circle thanks to six draw controls by Leonard and five by senior Taylor Thornton, who also notched three ground balls to pass former NU goalkeeper Morgan Lathrop for fifth on the school's career ground balls list. Thornton, the reigning Lacrosse Honda Sports Award winner, stands at 151 ground balls for her career.

With final exam week looming, the Wildcats are off from competition for 11 straight days before returning to action with three straight games at Lakeside Field. The stretch begins on Wednesday, March 27 (5:30 p.m. CT), against American Lacrosse Conference rival Ohio State in a game that will air live on the Big Ten Network.

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EVANSTON, Ill. Micaela Cyr netted two goals, and goalie Melanie Cook recorded nine saves, but Harvard fell on the road at No. 4 Northwestern, 16-3, Saturday afternoon.

Danielle Tetreault tallied Harvard's other goal, as the Crimson sees its record move to 0-4 on the year. Audrey Todd led the Crimson with three ground balls, while Kyleigh Keating had three draw controls. Cyr added two draw controls and was 2 of 2 on free-position attempts.

In the first, the Wildcats (7-1) tallied the first five goals of the game, but Tetreault got Harvard on the board with a score off a free-position attempt at 11:29, 5-1. Northwestern took a 7-1 lead into the break, as Melanie Cook made two saves in the first for the Crimson.

In the second, Cyr netted two goals off free-position attempts, cutting the deficit to 7-3, but the Wildcats controlled play the rest of the half. Northwestern goalie Bridge Bianco finished with five saves, while Erin Fitzgerald scored six goals.

Harvard went 3 of 5 on free-position attempts and was 8 of 20 on clear attempts. The Wildcats led in draw controls, 12-9, ground balls, 26-13, and shots, 38-11.

The Crimson remains on the road and will face Marquette Tuesday, March 19 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

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