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Harvard Women’s Lacrosse Comeback Attempt Falls Short at Vanderbilt, 15-11

Kyleigh Keating has 13 draw controls in the last two games (Ted Keating).

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Micaela Cyr notched her third hat trick of the season, and Kyleigh Keating added a career-high seven draw controls, but the Harvard women's lacrosse team dropped its second straight road game, falling at Vanderbilt, 15-11, Monday afternoon.

Audrey Todd also tallied three goals, and goalie Melanie Cook recorded seven saves for Harvard, who falls to 2-6 on the year. Carly Linthicum paced Vanderbilt (2-11) with five tallies.

After Cyr tied the game for Harvard, 1-1, at 26:57, the Commodores netted the next three goals to go up, 4-1, after the first 10 minutes of action. With Harvard trailing, 6-1, Todd found the back of the net at the 12:47 mark, bringing the Crimson back within four.

In the latter stages of the opening half, Vanderbilt tacked on four straight goals to make it a 10-2 contest, but the Crimson answered with two goals to close the stanza. With 32 seconds left, Danielle Tetreault fired a shot for a goal, and then Chelsey Newman assisted on Cyr's second tally, as the Crimson trailed, 10-4, at the break.

Harvard extended its scoring run to 3-0, as Todd capitalized on a free-position attempt, cutting the deficit to 10-5 with 28:46 remaining. Cyr netted her third goal of the day two minutes later, 10-6, and then Keating notched a score with 11:51 to play, keeping it a four-goal contest, 11-7.

With less than eight minutes to play, Nina Kucharczyk netted a goal for the Crimson, 12-8, and then Alexis Nicolia added another Harvard goal at 4:49, 13-9. With 1:06 to go, Todd completed her hat trick, 15-10, and then Tetreault capped the scoring with a goal with 35 ticks left, 15-11.

Vanderbilt outshot Harvard, 29-28, but the Crimson at a 17-15 advantage in ground balls. Harvard was 1-of-6 on free-position attempts and 7-of-10 on clear attempts, while the Commodores went 6-of-11 on free-position shots.

The Crimson will visit Ivy League rival Brown Saturday, April 6 at noon.