Harvard Clamps Down in Second Half to Beat Cornell

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Harvard only allowed one goal in the second half and held off Cornell by a score of 10-7 Saturday afternoon at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Maeve McMahon paced the Crimson offensively with a hat trick, while Marisa Romeo, Audrey Todd and Alexis Nicolia each netted two goals. In net, Kelly Weis recorded nine saves for Harvard (2-1, 1-0 Ivy League), while Cornell's Renee Poullott stopped seven shots for the Big Red (1-1, 0-1 Ivy League).

McMahon and Chloe Soukas had two draw controls apiece for the Crimson, who outshot Cornell, 26-25, on the afternoon.

Harvard Highlights:

Freshman Maeve McMahon recorded the first hat trick of her career.

McMahon, Marisa Romeo and Audrey Todd all accumulated three points.

Harvard outshot Cornell, 26-25, and has had the advantage in shots in two straight games.

Amelia Capone caused two turnovers and had two ground balls.

Game Notes:

A freshman has led Harvard in scoring in each of the first three games.

Harvard has won two straight contests for the first time since topping Marquette, 18-4, and Yale, 10-5, March 19 and 23 last season.

The Crimson improves to 1-0 at home and has seven games in Cambridge remaining on its schedule.

Harvard allowed only one goal in the second half, marking the first time the Crimson has allowed one goal or less in a half since winning at Marquette last spring.

Goalie Kelly Weis improves to 10-7 in her career

The Crimson has successfully cleared the ball at least 10 times in all three games this year.

Harvard improves to 1-1 when it trails at the half this season.

Game Progression:

The Crimson tied the game, 1-1, at 27:36 of the first half, before Cornell went on a 2-0 run to lead, 3-1, at 26:07.

Harvard scored three straight goals from 22:20-15:05 to grab its first advantage on the scoreboard, 4-3.

After Cornell answered with a three-goal run of its own from 12:00-3:33, the Crimson netted a late goal in the first half at 2:33, cutting the deficit to 6-5.

The Crimson struck three more times consecutively by the 12:22 mark of the second half to go up, 8-6.

The Big Red got back within one, 8-7, at 7:36, but Harvard tallied the final two goals of the game to hang on for the win.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Junior attack Lindsay Toppe had three goals on the day, but Cornell was unable to slip by Harvard as the Crimson (2-1, 1-0 Ivy League) defeated the Big Red (1-1, 0-1), 10-7, Saturday in Cambridge.

Junior midfielder Sarah Hefner opened up scoring at 28:12 in the first half off an assist from junior attack Emily Tripodi, but 36 seconds later, Marisa Romeo slipped one past Cornell freshman goaltender Renee Poullott to even the game at one.

Toppe and senior midfielder Amanda D'Amico then had a pair of goals just 44 seconds apart to give the Big Red a 3-1 lead. The Crimson came back to score three in a row to give Harvard its first lead of the game. With 12:00 remaining before the intermission, Toppe put away a pass from senior attack Rachel Moody to tie up the game at 4. Hefner and Toppe each scored again, but Harvard's Maeve McMahon put one away at 2:33 remaining before the half.

The Crimson carried that momentum into the second half and expanded its lead to 8-6 before D'Amico found the back of the net for the Big Red to cut Cornell's deficit to one. Harvard finished strong, scoring two in the final five minutes of play and handing the Big Red a 10-7 loss.

Cornell will be back in action on Wednesday, March 4 at Columbia for a 4:00 p.m. start time.


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