Nina Kucharczyk and the Crimson return to conference play at No. 13 Princeton Saturday (Craig Cyr).
WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Nina Kucharczyk scored a career-high four goals, earning her first-career hat trick, but the Harvard women's lacrosse trailed Holy Cross early and could not comeback, falling 17-12 Wednesday evening.
Audrey Todd added a goal and two assists, while Alexis Nicolia netted two goals for Harvard (2-8). Laura Ryan tallied five goals, and Taylor Zebrowski had four goals and three assists for Holy Cross (6-8).
Micaela Cyr led the Crimson with five draw controls, while also grabbing a team-high ground balls.
Holy Cross jumped out to an 8-0 lead, but Cyr got the Crimson on the scoreboard off a free-position shot at 12:51. Harvard added another goal off a free-position attempt, this time off the stick of Catherine Brown at the 8:19 mark. With just over three minutes left in the first, Kucharczyk made it a five-goal game with a tally, and then Todd sent a pass to classmate Nicolia for the Crimson's fourth straight goal with 2:02 to play.
With 18 ticks left on the clock in the opening stanza, Chelsey Newman cut the deficit to just three goals, 8-5, as the Crimson closed the half with a 5-0 run.
Early in the second, Kucharczyk struck again, as the Crimson got within two, 8-6, but Holy Cross snapped the Harvard goal streak with 22:28 remaining. The Crusaders netted the game's next four goals until Kucharczyk completed her hat trick with a third tally with 14:27 left in the second.
Down the stretch in the second half, Kyleigh Keating had the scoring touch at 11:06, and then Todd assisted on another goal by Nicolia at 9:42, 15-9. With 6:13 left to play, Keating found Todd for Harvard's 10th goal, getting the Crimson back within five, 15-10. Kucharczyk netted her fourth goal with 3:42 remaining, and then Morgan Powell made it a 17-12 contest with a tally at 2:28.
Harvard held the final count in shots, 32-27, and draw controls, 18-13, while the Crusaders owned the edge in ground balls, 9-8. The Crimson was 7-of-8 on clear attempts and 4-of-5 on free-position attempts.
The Crimson will visit Princeton Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m.