Harvard Jumps to Early Lead in Ivy Win over Brown

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Led by a stingy defensive effort and four points from sophomore Audrey Todd, Harvard women's lacrosse downed Brown, 10-4, Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium.

Todd tallied her second-straight hat trick to pace all Crimson athletes. With the win, Harvard stands in a tie with Princeton for second in the Ivy League, holding a 5-4 overall record and a 3-1 mark in conference action. Sophomore goalie Kelly Weis stopped seven shots and also collected a team-high four ground balls.

Brown, led by Danielle Mastro with two goals, falls to 8-3 on the season and 2-2 in Ancient Eight play.

The Crimson held the Bears to just 13 shots on the day. Harvard's defense also caused nine of Brown's 14 turnovers and collected 15 ground balls.

Harvard Highlights
Audrey Todd recorded her second-straight hat trick with a four-point effort to pace Harvard.

The Crimson defense, led by sophomore goalie Kelly Weis, allowed season lows with 13 shots and four goals. It was the best defensive output since Harvard allowed just four goals in an 18-4 win over Marquette on March 19, 2013.

Kyleigh Keating controlled a season-high three draws.

Weis improved to 6-4.

The Crimson went 13 of 15 on clear attempts and has had at least 10 successful clears in all 10 games. Harvard was a perfect 7 of 7 in the first half.

Game Notes
Harvard improves to 4-1 at home and 3-1 in Ivy League play.

The Crimson has five games remaining on the schedule, three of which are at Harvard Stadium.

For the first time this season, a freshman did not lead the Crimson in scoring, as sophomore Audrey Todd netted her second-straight hat trick to pace Harvard.

Marisa Romeo now leads Harvard with 33 goals and 39 points.

Romeo has scored a free-position goal in each of the last four contests.

Romeo has registered at least one point in all 10 games.

The Crimson improves to 29-11 all-time against the Bears.

The Crimson held the Bears to 13 shots, a season low for Crimson opponents.

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BOSTON, Mass. An early deficit proved to be too much to overcome as Brown dropped a 10-4 decision to the Harvard Crimson on Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium. With the loss, Brown (8-3, 2-2 Ivy) drops into a three-way tie for the fourth and final spot in the Ivy League Tournament field while Harvard improves to 6-4 (3-1 Ivy).

Danielle Mastro (Endicott, N.Y.) led the way for Brown with two goals, while Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.) was held scoreless, snapping her 38-game point streak. Kellie Roddy (Poway, Calif.) made six saves in the loss, falling to 8-3 this season while Crimson netminder Kelly Weis stopped seven shots to improve to 6-4.

A 6-1 scoring advantage in the opening half propelled the Crimson to a lead they would not relinquish. Audrey Todd's hat trick and leading scorer Marissa Romeo's marker gave Harvard a 5-0 advantage with 13:13 to play in the half. Mastro got the Bears on the board with her 19th goal of the season to make it a 5-1 game.

Brown had trouble finding the scoring areas in the Crimson defense all afternoon, as they were held to just three shots in the opening half with Harvard stacking the middle of the field. Kyleigh Keating's marker with 13 seconds to play extended the Crimson lead to 6-1 after 30 minutes of play.

Early second half goals from Mastro and Grace Healy (Bellport, N.Y.) drew the Bears within three at 6-3, but Harvard countered with two goals of its own as Megan Hennessey and Alexis Nicolia gave the Crimson its five-goal cushion back at 8-3.

Alyssa DiBona (Media, Pa.) netted her second goal of the season off of a free position shot to cut the deficit to 8-4, but that's as close as the Bears would come as Chelsey Newman tallied two goals late for Harvard to secure the 10-4 victory.

Brown returns home next for its final two games at Stevenson Field this season, hosting Michigan on Wednesday before welcoming Cornell on Saturday for Senior Day.


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