Seven Players Score to Lift Harvard Over Yale

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. With the score tied 2-2, Harvard netted five unanswered goals over the course of 29:45 en route to its third straight win over Yale, 10-5, on Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium.

Harvard (2-4, 1-2 Ivy) featured a balanced scoring attack as seven different players recorded a goal in the contest. Micaela Cyr posted her sixth straight game registering a point as the captain led the Crimson with four points on two goals and two assists. Classmate Danielle Tetreault and freshman Alexis Nicolia each found the back of the net twice while senior Mariel Jenkins, juniors Kyleigh Keating and Lauren Tomkinson and freshman Audrey Toddcontributed a goal apiece. Senior Melanie Cook recorded six saves in between the pipes for the Crimson.

Cyr started the scoring at the 25:07 minute mark, on Harvard's first free position attempt of the day. Sophomore Cathryn Avallone put Yale (4-4, 0-3 Ivy) on the board six minutes later to even the score, 1-1. Yale's Nicole Daniggelis followed a minute later to give the Bulldogs their only lead of the afternoon when the freshman found the back off the net off a pass from junior Jen DeVito.

Harvard commanded the remainder of the first frame as Nicolia netted her first goal of the day at the 11:39 minute mark to tie the game at 2-2. Off a Yale turnover, Todd regained the lead for the Crimson, 3-2, with 9:27 to play before intermission. Cyr made a spin move right in front of Yale's goaltender Erin McMullan to cushion Harvard's lead to two goals before the break.

Just 16 seconds out of the locker rooms, Jenkins secured the first draw control of the second half, raced toward McMullan and netted her first goal of the season. The Crimson controlled the ball for the majority of the next 10 minutes receiving unassisted goals by Tomkinson and Tetreault, as Yale continued its scoreless draught, to hold a 7-2 lead with 20 minutes to play in the game.

Yale attempted a comeback scoring twice within a four minute span to cut the Crimson's lead, 7-3, with 14:40 to play, but Harvard went on to score three goals, including a shorthanded goal by Keating, to complete their first Ivy League victory of the season.

Harvard held advantages in shots, 29-20, and ground balls, 21-19, while Yale won more draws, 11-6.

The Crimson will make the short trip to Boston University, Friday, March 29. First draw is set for 7:00 p.m. at Nickerson Field.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. A long scoreless streak -- 29:45 in the middle of the game -- proved costly for Yale Saturday at Harvard, enabling the Crimson to turn a 2-1 Yale lead into a 7-2 Harvard lead. By the time the Bulldogs ended the drought in the second half it was too late, and Harvard held on for a 10-5 win.

The Yale scoreless streak came mainly from self-inflicted wounds, as the Bulldogs committed nine turnovers in that span (14 for the game). During that stretch of nearly 30 minutes they had three shots that were wide or high and one that was blocked, so Harvard goalkeeper Melanie Cook needed to make just two saves to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard. She made six for the game as a whole, as Yale shot just 4 for 20.

On a sunny but cold and windy day, the Bulldogs sported crimson and gold ribbons to honor the Seton Hill women's lacrosse team, which was involved in a bus crash last Saturday that claimed the lives of pregnant head coach Kristina Quigley and bus driver Anthony Guaetta.

Yale began the game with some effective offensive sequences but could not finish; the Bulldogs had four shots in the first eight minutes but failed to score. After junior attacker Jen DeVito hit the post a few minutes in, Harvard went ahead 1-0 on a free position goal by midfielder Micaela Cyr at 25:07. The Crimson very nearly scored off the ensuing draw control -- but a foul by junior defender Adrienne Tarver disrupted a breakaway, and the Crimson missed the ensuing free position attempt.

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2013-03-23



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