Julia Glynn led the Crimson with five ground balls and added three points (Elan Kawesch).
HANOVER, N.H. – Audrey Todd scored three times in the first half to lead the Harvard women's lacrosse team to a 9-8 victory in an Ivy League matchup at Dartmouth Wednesday afternoon.
Goalie Kelly Weis stopped 10 shots for the Crimson, which improves to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in the Ancient Eight. Todd finished with four points and Maeve McMahon amassed three points on a goal and two assists for Harvard. Marisa Romeo also tacked on two goals, while Julia Glynn assisted on two scores and added a tally for a three-point effort. Glynn also paced the Crimson with five ground balls.
Dartmouth (0-9, 0-3 Ivy) was led by Sarah Byrne, who netted four goals. In net, Jessica Frieder finished with seven saves against the Crimson.
Glynn gave Harvard an early 1-0 lead at 27:09, as McMahon picked up an assist on the play. After the Big Green went up, 2-1, Todd knotted the game with an unassisted score at the 20:23 mark. Todd put the Crimson ahead, 3-2, at 16:15 and then picked up her third tally of the game with 13:54 remaining in the half, making it 4-2.
At the 10:06 mark, Glynn sent a pass to Romeo for a goal, as the Crimson extended its lead to 5-3, before Caroline Ashford made it a three-goal game with 8:15 left to go in the first. In the final minute before the break, Romeo notched her 25th goal of the year, as the Crimson began to pull away, 7-3, with 8.8 seconds left.
The score remained the same until the 24:00 mark of the second half when McMahon found the back of the net to put the Crimson on top by five, 8-3. Dartmouth, though, responded with a 3-0 run with three tallies by Byrne over the next 7:27, as the Big Green cut the Harvard lead to 8-6.
With 15:57 left to play, Dartmouth's Jaclyn Leto scored on a free-position shot, making it a one-goal game. Harvard, which was held scoreless for nearly 12 minutes, got back on the scoreboard with a tally by McMahon at 12:14, giving the Crimson a two-goal cushion, 9-7.
Dartmouth got within one goal again, 9-8, with 8:03 to play, but the Crimson's defense shut down the Big Green the rest of the game to earn the victory.
The Big Green held the final count in shots, 20-18, and draw controls, 14-5, while the Crimson led in ground balls, 17-13.Hararvard went 14-of-16 on clear attempts and held Dartmouth to 11-of-14 on its clearing opportunities.
The Crimson will visit Brown in another Ivy League contest Saturday, April 4 at 12 p.m. That game will also be shown on the Ivy League Digital Network.