Women's Lacrosse Fights Back From Second-Half Deficit but Come Up Short at Johns Hopkins, 8-7

Women's Lacrosse Fights Back From Second-Half Deficit but Come Up Short at Johns Hopkins, 8-7

Harvard battled back from a three-goal deficit but fell at Johns Hopkins Saturday, 8-7 (Craig Cyr).

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team made a dramatic comeback and tied the score at 7-7 with 1:38 remaining, but Johns Hopkins came away with the victory as Colleen McCaffrey scored the game-winner with 0:19 on the clock, 8-7.

Danielle Tetreault led the Harvard (2-3) offense with two goals and one assist, and also collected one ground ball and caused one turnover. Nina Kucharczyk added a pair of scores while Micaela Cyr, Jenn Leffew and Jennifer VanderMeulen rounded out the scoring. Melanie Baskind recorded three ground balls and Kelly Weis made six saves in goal.

Johns Hopkins (6-2) outshot the Crimson 22-14 and held a 13-4 advantage in draw controls. Colleen McCaffrey registered three goals and three draw controls, with Taylor D'Amore notching five ground balls, four draw controls, one goal and two assists.

Harvard took a 1-0 lead off the stick of Lefew with an assist credited to VanderMeulen 3:41 into the action. Tetreault gave the Crimson a 2-1 edge following Johns Hopkins' first goal of the day, but the Blue Jays rallied and took their first lead of the day, 3-2, off back-to-back goals from McCaffrey. Hopkins controlled play early in the game with an 8-3 advantage on shots, but Weiss came away with three saves through the first 20 minutes to keep the Crimson in the game.

Hopkins pushed its advantage to 5-2 with 5:37 remaining in the first half, prompting a timeout from the Crimson. Harvard was unable to respond in the closing moments of the frame, however, as the Blue Jays took the same three-goal margin into the intermission. At the half, Johns Hopkins held a 12-4 advantage in shots and a 6-2 edge in draw controls.

Harvard came out of the break quickly, with Tetreault notching her second goal just over three minutes in to make it a 5-3 game. Kucharczyk's free position goal cut the deficit to 5-4, but scores by Sammy Cermack and Sarah Taylor pushed Hopkins' lead back to three, 7-4, with 13:47 to play. Cyr scored with 6:37 remaining off a feed from Tetreault to pull Harvard within two, 7-5, setting up one final comeback attempt for the Crimson.

With the Blue Jays possessing the ball in their own defensive end, Kucharczyk came up with a ground ball following a Hopkins turnover and split through the defense for her second goal of the game to move the score to 7-6 with 4:34 on the clock. The Blue Jays won the ensuing draw control, but Christine Thexton was able to force a turnover and recovered the ground ball herself, leading to a game tying goal by VanderMeulen with just 1:38 to play.

Harvard's comeback bid came to an end, however, as McCaffrey converted her third goal with 0:19 remaining to secure the victory for Hopkins, 8-7.

Harvard returns to action Wednesday, March 21 against No. 14 Boston College. First draw is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Harvard Stadium.

Game Notes: Each of Harvard's last three games have been decided by one goal, with two of those games going to overtime … Micaela Cyr and Danielle Tetreault have scored at least one goal in each of Harvard's five games … Nina Kucharczyk scored two goals while making her 2012 debut.