HANOVER, N.H. - The Harvard women's lacrosse team remained unbeaten in the Ivy League, downing Dartmouth (5-4, 0-3 Ivy) on the road, 17-12, Sunday in Hanover, New Hampshire. The Crimson led by as many as 10 during the game and is now 3-0 in the Ancient Eight and 6-4 overall.
Marisa Romeo led the Crimson offense with five goals and seven points, matching her season-high that she posted in the win over Yale March 4. Megan Hennessey and Maeve McMahon also registered hat tricks for the Crimson.
Harvard's defense forced Dartmouth into 20 turnovers, with Emma Ford, Julia Glynn, Julia Lennon and Caroline Garrity each jarring the ball loose twice. Meredith Brown stood tall in goal, stopping eight shots for the Crimson.
Dartmouth scored the first and third goal of the opening half, but those two tallies would be it for the Big Green through the first 30 minutes. With 21:19 left in the first half, Keeley MacAfee scored on a feed from Romeo, beginning a nine-goal stretch for the Crimson that Dartmouth was unable to respond too. Romeo would score three goals herself during that stretch, Hennessey potted a pair, McMahon notched another, and Garrity and McMahon scored as well.
Katie Bourque ended the Dartmouth scoring drought that lasted 25:54, scoring at 25:25 of the 2nd half. The Crimson kept firing though, highlighted by a reverse, through-the-legs, bouncing goal from McMahon at 22:15. Hennessey gave Harvard its largest lead of the afternoon, 14-4, with 15:23 to play.
The Big Green closed the deficit down the stretch, scoring seven of the last nine goals, but the Crimson's large lead proved insurmountable.
Another road Ivy League matchup awaits the Crimson Saturday, April 8, as Harvard visits No. 8 Princeton.