Romeo Nets Four as Harvard Rolls Past Marquette

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Marisa Romeo scored four goals for the second straight game, while Megan Hennessey added a hat trick and two assists for five points, helping Harvard take down Marquette, 15-6, Saturday afternoon at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Alexis Nicolia and Kyleigh Keating both added two goals, and goalie Kelly Weis made a career-high 13 saves for the Crimson (3-2). Hennessey also led Harvard with six draw controls, a career-best. Claire Costanza and Emily Donovan each netted two scores for Marquette (3-4), while goalie Sarah Priem turned aside 11 shots.

Harvard scores 10 times in the second half and held advantages for the game in shots, 38-35, draw controls, 16-7, and free-position goals, 7-1. Both teams finished 14 of 19 on clear attempts and each squad collected 22 ground balls.

Harvard Highlights
Marisa Romeo matched her career-high with four goals. Romeo has scored tour goals in two straight games and three times in five games this spring.

Harvard outscored Marquette, 10-4, in the second half.

Seven of Harvard's goals came off free-position shots, as the Crimson went 7 of 12 on free-position chances on the day.

Goalie Kelly Weis made a career-high 13 saves for Harvard.

The Crimson enjoyed a 16-7 edge in draw controls, with Megan Hennessey pacing the squad with a career-high six draw controls.

Hennessey recorded at least five points for the second time this year (at Saint Mary's Feb. 23).

Game Notes
Harvard has allowed only 16 goals in the last 150 minutes of game action, dating back to halftime of the Cornell game March 1.

The Crimson improves to 2-0 at home and has six games remaining in Cambridge.

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

Harvard was 14 of 19 on clear attempts and has had at least 10 successful clears in all four games.

Romeo now leads Harvard with 17 goals and 20 points through five games.

Harvard is now 2-0 all-time against Marquette.

Game Progression
The Crimson scored the game's first three goals before the Golden Eagles made it 3-2 with 15:35 left in the first half.

Harvard answered with a 5-0 run to go up, 8-2, at the 22:37 mark of the second.

After Marquette added a goal at 21:10 (8-3), Harvard scored two goals, followed by a Golden Eagle score three straight times before the Crimson tacked on another tally with three seconds left.

Up Next
Harvard will visit No. 3 Syracuse Tuesday, March 18 before traveling to arch rival Yale Saturday, March 22.

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BOSTON Marquette fell 15-6 to Harvard on Saturday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium in Boston.

The Golden Eagles (3-4) received a pair of goals from attackers Claire Costanza and Emily Donovan, while freshman Amanda Bochniak and sophomore Kenzie Brown added a goal apiece. Bochniak also posted a pair of assists in the loss and Brown tallied her fifth-straight game finding the score sheet.

The Crimson (3-2) was led by freshman Marisa Romeo's game-high four goals and also received a hat trick and two assists from Megan Hennessey.

Harvard out-shot the Golden Eagles 38-25, but Marquette sophomore goalie Sarah Priem made 11 saves in net for the Golden Eagles, who picked up a season-high 22 ground balls in the loss.

Romeo found the back of the net just 36 seconds into regulation and the Crimson built an early 3-0 lead before Costanza and Donovan posted their first tallies of the afternoon. Harvard scored the final two goals of the first half and took a slim 5-2 lead into the break despite holding a 19-8 edge in shots.

The Crimson outscored MU 10-4 over the final 30 minutes of regulation, while garnering 11 of 15 total draw controls in that span. Marquette saw 20 fouls called against it in the second half, resulting in five free position shot goals by Harvard.

The Golden Eagles return to action at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19 at Notre Dame.


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