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Harvard Women’s Lacrosse Clinches Berth in Ivy Tourney, Holds Off Columbia, 12-10



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Harvard 12, Columbia 10
Harvard (9-5, 4-2 Ivy)
Columbia (3-9, 0-6 Ivy)
Robert K. Kraft Field
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Harvard leads, 14-2
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vs. Dartmouth, April 25


Megan Hennessey recorded her first hat trick since March 15 (Gil Talbot).

NEW YORK – Audrey Todd and Megan Hennessey each notched three goals, while Alexis Nicolia grabbed five ground balls and scored twice, helping the Harvard women's lacrosse team knock off Columbia, 12-10, Saturday afternoon.

With its victory over the Lions and Yale's loss at Cornell, Harvard (9-5, 4-2 Ivy League) has clinched a berth in the upcoming Ivy League tournament May 2-4. The tournament will be hosted by Princeton.

Marisa Romeo and Sophia Capone also tallied two goals apiece, and goalie Kelly Weis recorded four saves for Harvard. Marina Burke collected a career-best four ground balls, while five members of the Crimson won two draw controls.

Taylor Quinn scored five times and added an assist for the Lions, who slip to 3-9 and 0-6 in the Ancient Eight. Colleen Packer finished with five saves in net for Columbia.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Audrey Todd scored at least three goals for the fifth time this season and extended her streak of consecutive contests with multiple tallies to eight.
  • Alexis Nicolia established a career-high with five ground balls, while Marina Burke's four ground balls also marked a new career-best.
  • Megan Hennessey recorded her first hat trick since March 15 (Marquette).
  • Harvard was 10-of-10 on clear attempts and has had at least 10 successful clears in all 14 games.
  • The Crimson held the advantage in shots, 24-2, and ground balls, 23-18, while draw controls were even, 12-12.
  • Five Harvard players scored on free-position shots (Nicolia, Romeo, Todd, Hennessey and Capone).

Game Notes:

  • Harvard previously earned berths to the Ivy League tournament in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, the Crimson advance to the final before losing, 12-10, to Princeton.
  • The Crimson, which earned a spot in the Ancient Eight postseason, is 1-2 all-time in the Ivy League tournament.
  • Harvard improves to 4-3 on the road and 4-2 in Ivy League games.
  • The Crimson's nine victories are the most for the program since finishing 9-7 in 2012.
  • A freshman has led Harvard in scoring in 12 of the first 14 games.
  • Marisa Romeo now leads Harvard with 44 goals and 50 points. Romeo has scored 16 of those goals in Ivy League games.
  • Romeo needs four goals to move into an 11th place tie for most tallies in a single season in school history.
  • Romeo extended her point scoring streak to 14 games.
  • Kelly Weis now boasts a 9.39 goals-against average and .469 save percentage for the year.
  • Harvard improves to 14-2 all-time against Columbia and has won five straight against the Lions.

Game Progression:

  • In a game of mini-runs, Harvard scored back-to-back goals early in the first half to lead, 2-1, at 25:49.
  • The Lions responded with tallies at 25:19 and 23:15 to go ahead, 3-2, but the Crimson notched the game's next two goals and led, 4-3, by the 15:31 mark.
  • Harvard went up, 6-4, with 3:50 to play in first, before Columbia knotted the game, 6-6, early in the second at 27:54.
  • The Crimson netted five of the game's next six goals to move ahead, 11-7, with 7:05 remaining.
  • Columbia got back within two, 12-10, with 1:55 to play, but could not inch closer.

Ties: Five
Lead Changes: Four
Largest Leads: Harvard by four – 2nd: 7:05, Columbia by one - 1st: 28:16

Up Next:
Harvard will host Dartmouth on Senior Night Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, seniors Kyleigh Keating, Chelsey Newman and Chloe Soukas will be honored in a ceremony.