Marissa Balleza recorded her third multi-goal game in the last five outings on Wednesday night. (Gil Talbot)
NEWTON, Mass. – Freshman Marissa Balleza recorded her second consecutive multi-goal performance, but it was not enough for the Crimson as the seventh-ranked Boston College Eagles outlasted Harvard, 5-2, on Wednesday night.
Balleza gave the Crimson the advantage and some momentum just two minutes into the game, tallying an unassisted score to place to Eagles on their heels. But BC's AshLeigh Sebia retaliated with two in a row of her own. She scored at 6:26 after receiving a nice feed by Emma Plasteras in the circle, then attacked seven minutes later after Eryn McCoy set up a penalty corner for Sebia.
After Katlyn Soucy made it 3-1 before the break, Jenn Hatfield was called back in favor of Issy Davies in the cage. Down two scores, Balleza made things interesting for the Crimson with another unassisted shot by BC's Leah Settipane at the 48:25 mark. But after Harvard pulled within the goal, Emily McCoy scored on a tough rebound, then Sebia completed the hat trick off another corner with just over five to play.
Balleza's shots were the only to go in on the evening for Harvard, but six Crimson saw a shot reach the cage, including Caitlin Rea's two on target. Settipane made six saves on the night, but facing 11 shots, Harvard's Davies recorded a season-high nine saves in the loss.
Harvard returns home, but continues its tough schedule with a battle against the defending national champion Princeton at noon on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.