Megan Hennessey found the back of the net three times in the victory (Penny Ashford).
DeLAND, Fla. – After jumping out to a 9-1 lead at halftime, the Harvard women's lacrosse team never looked back, topping Stetson by a score of 17-5 Monday evening.
The Crimson, which improves to 3-2 on the season, was led by Megan Hennessey and Marisa Romeo who finished with three goals and four points apiece. Hennessey also paced her team with four draw controls, while Tory Waldstein paced the defense with four ground balls and two caused turnovers to her credit. Kelly Weis played most of the game in net for Harvard, finishing with three stops.
Stetson slips to 2-5 overall with the loss, as Whitney Meyers recorded 12 saves in net for the Hatters. Harvard held the advantage in shots, 35-16, ground balls, 20-9, and draw controls, 15-8.
Harvard tallied the game's first seven goals, including three by Hennessey at 28:37, 26:35 and 17:00. Romeo, Julia Glynn and Jill Scyocurka also got in the scoring column early in the first stanza. With the Crimson leading, 7-1, Romeo added the final two goals of the first half, as Harvard outshot the Hatters, 21-7, in the first 30 minutes of play.
In the second half, Harvard's Stephanie Carr (28:58) netted the first goal of the second half, making it 10-1. Stetson struck for the game's next two goals before Julia Lennon (24:29) and Emma Ford (20:25) gave the Crimson a 12-3 cushion. Caroline Ashford made it 13-4 at the 16:43 mark and then added another goal with 9:08 to play, putting the Crimson up 10.
The Crimson added three of the last four goals, including tallies by Nekele McCall (7:42), Alexis Nicolia (5:31) and Marina Burke (1:44).
Harvard will return to Ivy League play and will visit No. 13 Princeton Saturday, March 21 at 12 p.m.