Photo of Nina Kucharczyk courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Harvard women’s lacrosse team trailed No. 4 Virginia by just one goal at halftime, but a strong second half by the Cavaliers allowed Virginia to pull away to a 14-9 win Monday night.
Sophomore Melanie Baskind scored three goals, grabbed four ground balls, won two draw controls and caused two turnovers in the loss for the Crimson (4-6). Freshman Danielle Tetreault scored two goals, assisted on another, won a draw control and caused a turnover. Senior co-captain Sara Flood and freshman Jennifer VanderMeulen had a goal and two assists each.
Harvard scored first before falling behind 3-1. The Crimson came back and tied the game four times during the first 30 minutes of play. Caity Whitely scored with 27 seconds left in the half to give the home team the lead at the break. She scored again to start the second session. Rookie Nina Kucharczyk scored her first collegiate goal to close the game at 9-8, but that was as close as the Crimson would get as Virginia scored five of the next six goals to seal the win.
The Crimson went 10-for-11 on clears and won 11 of 25 draws on the night. Harvard and Virginia both had 15 ground balls and 12 turnovers.
Kerry Clark played 32 minutes in the net and stopped two shots in the loss. Katherine Martino played 28 minutes in the cage, making two stops as well.
Harvard has a nine-day break before taking on non-conference foe Holy Cross Wednesday, April 14 at Harvard Stadium. First draw is slated for 7 p.m.