Three Record Hat Tricks in Harvard's Win at Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. Marisa Romeo tallied four goals and one assist for five points for the Crimson as Holy Cross fell to Harvard, 16-5, on Wednesday afternoon at Holy Cross Field in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders improve to 5-10 overall, while the Crimson improve to 7-4 overall.

After Harvard took a 2-0 lead, junior captain Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) scored on a free-position shot to make it a 2-1 contest with 23:28 left in the first half. The Crimson then scored eight straight goals to take a 10-1 lead to the half.

With the score now 12-1 following two Harvard goals to start the second half, junior Lissie Russert (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.) found the back of the net for the Crusaders to make it a 12-3 game. Three consecutive goals by the Crimson increased their lead to 15-3. The Crusaders then netted two of the last three goals of the game as Russert and sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) each scored for the 16-5 final score.

Senior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made four saves and allowed 10 goals as she played the first half, while senior goalie Maddie Parisi (Westport, Conn.) posted three saves and allowed six goals as she played the second half. Kelly Weis tallied seven saves for Harvard. The Crimson outshot Holy Cross, 31-18, while Harvard picked up 10 ground balls and the Crusaders posted seven. The Crimson secured 16 draw controls and Holy Cross posted six, while Harvard went 5-8 on free-position shots and the Crusaders went 2-6.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, April 12 when they host Patriot League opponent Navy at Holy Cross Field on Senior Day at 2:00 p.m.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Marisa Romeo tallied four goals for the seventh time this year, and Alexis Nicolia and Audrey Todd added hat tricks, as Harvard stretched its win streak to three games, topping Holy Cross, 16-5, Wednesday afternoon.

Romeo, also added an assist to finish with five points, while Todd led the team with six draw controls. Megan Hennessey paced the Crimson (7-4) with two caused turnovers, as Harvard held its seventh opponent under 10 goals this year. Kelly Weis stopped seven shots in net Lissie Russert scored two goals for Holy Cross (5-10), while Sarah Weber made four saves and Maddie Parisi turned aside three shots while in net for the Crusaders.

The Crimson finished a perfect 12 of 12 on clear attempts and had five free-position goals, while holding Holy Cross to only 18 shots. Harvard also held the edge in draw controls, 16-6, and ground balls, 10-7.

Marisa Romeo scored at least four goals for the seventh time this season.

Romeo led the team with five points.

Audrey Todd added a career-high six draw controls while finished with a hat trick for the third straight game.

Alexis Nicolia also tallied three goals and dished out an assist for a four-point effort.

Kelly Weis finished with seven saves and allowed just five goals, marking the seventh time she has surrendered less than 10 goals this spring.

Harvard was 12 of 12 on clear attempts and has had at least 10 successful clears in all 11 games.

The Crimson has allowed a total of only nine goals in its last two games.

Six Harvard players caused turnovers, led by Megan Hennessey (two).

The Crimson went on an 11-0 run between 18:26 of the first half and 24:00 of the second half.

Harvard allowed only one Holy Cross goal in the first half.

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