Weis made eight saves in goal as the Crimson fell to No. 19/20 Boston College (Craig Cyr).
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – For the second straight game the Harvard women's lacrosse team battled back from a second-half deficit but was unable to complete the comeback as No. 19/20 Boston College escaped Harvard Stadium with a 7-5 victory Wednesday night.
The Crimson (2-4) trailed 7-2 with under 10 minutes remaining before scoring three unanswered goals to pull within 7-5 with 5:47 to play. Jennifer VanderMeulen scored the first of the three goals off a free position shot, with Melanie Baskind and Nina Kucharczyk adding unassisted tallies to bring Harvard within two. Kasey Ulenhuth won the ensuing draw control and Danielle Tetreault fired a shot on goal with 3:10 to play, but Boston College's (5-4) Emily Mata came up with the save and controlled possession of the ball to eliminate the Crimson's opportunity.
Harvard earned another offensive possession with under 2:00 remaining as VanderMeulen forced a turnover by Brittany Wilton and picked up the ground ball for the Crimson. Baskind's shot with 1:08 on the clock was saved by Mata, however, clinching the game for the Eagles.
Kucharczyk led the Crimson with two goals on four shots, with Baskind, Tetreault and VanderMeulen each adding one. VanderMeulen also led the defensive efforts with two caused turnovers and two ground balls while Baskind, Jenn Leffew and Mariah Pewarski came up with two ground balls apiece. Kelly Weis made eight saves in goal and recorded three ground balls.
Wilton scored a team-high two goals for BC as six different Eagles found the back of the net. Mata came away with eight saves as Kristin Igoe notched five ground balls and two caused turnovers. Boston College held a slight 20-18 advantage in shots while the teams split the draw controls, 7-7.
The Eagles took an early 2-0 lead following scores by Igoe and Sam Taylor, before Tetreault scored with 25:57 remaining in the first to cut the lead in half, 2-1. The Eagles added three more goals, however, before Kucharczyk notched her first of the game and took a 5-2 lead into the half.
Harvard will return to action Saturday, March 24 when it faces Yale at 3 p.m. in New Haven, Conn.
Game Notes: Nina Kucharczyk has scored four goals in two games since returning to the lineup … Freshman Kelly Weis has made at least eight saves in four of six games this season ... Harvard has held four of its six opponents to under 10 goals this season … Harvard has been outscored by just four-goals during its current three-game losing streak.