Todd led the Crimson with five shots (Craig Cyr photo).
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The Harvard women's lacrosse team rallied from a three-goal deficit to take a second-half lead, but Brown scored nine of the final 12 goals to pull away to a 15-9 win Saturday at Stevenson Field.
Alexis Nicolia netted four goals for Harvard (2-7, 1-3 Ivy League), including two in a halftime-spanning, four-goal spurt that lifted the Crimson from a 6-3 deficit to a 7-6 lead. The Bears (8-2, 2-2) responded with a four-goal run of their own. Nicolia's fourth tally got Harvard back within two at 10-8, but Brown held a 5-1 edge over the last 15 minutes.
Brown's Lindsay Minges scored the tying goal, one of her four in the game. Five different players joined Nicolia as Crimson goal-scorers, with Audrey Todd adding a pair of assists. Jenn Hatfield made eight saves for Harvard after entering the game facing a 3-1 deficit.
Things looked good for Harvard at the outset, with Todd scoring just 41 seconds into the game, with Mariel Jenkins assisting. Minges countered for Brown about two minutes later, though, and she later scored consecutive free-position goals for a 5-2 edge.
The half closed with a wild final minute. Abby Bunting scored for the Bears with 12 seconds left, stealing Harvard's thunder after Danielle Tetreault found the cage 16 seconds earlier. Nicolia got the goal back, though, when she was set up by Micaela Cyr with four seconds to go.
Harvard maintained its momentum after the break, with Nicolia, Kylie Keating and Cyr scoring to put the Crimson on top. Four Brown goals in four minutes swung the pendulum back in the Bears' favor, and a goal by Nina Kucharczyk with nine minutes left to play was not enough.
The Bears held a 28-18 shots advantage and got three goals from Bre Hudgins and seven saves from Kellie Roddy. Harvard's Keating led all players with eight draw controls, and Cyr caused two turnovers.