The Crimson women's lacrosse class of 2016 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Kelly Weis recorded seven saves in goal for the Crimson, but the Harvard women's lacrosse team dropped its final home game of the season to No. 16/20 Cornell by a score of 11-3 Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium.
Prior to the game, seniors Meghan Bauer, Alexis Nicolia, Madeline Silverman, Audrey Todd, Tory Waldstein and Weis were honored in a ceremony to celebrate their four-year careers in Cambridge.
The loss drops Harvard to 7-6 overall and 3-3 in the Ivy League, while Cornell improves to 11-3 and 5-1 in the Ancient Eight. The Crimson remains in sole possession of fourth place in the Ivy standings and can clinch a spot in the conference tournament with a victory at archrival Yale Saturday, April 30.
Keeley MacAfee gave the Crimson a 1-0 edge at 24:37, as she accepted a pass from Julia Glynn and fired for a goal early in the first half. After Cornell went on top, 2-1, the Big Red added another score by Catherine Ellis at the 7:21 mark to go up, 3-1.
With the Big Red carrying a 4-1 advantage into the second half, Cornell notched two more goals early in the frame to grab a 6-1 lead with 25:03 to play. In the latter portion of the second stanza, the Big Red tacked on two more goals to go up, 8-1, with 13:39 remaining. Nicolia notched an unassisted tally at the 12:53 mark to bring the Crimson back within six, 8-2.
Audrey Todd added her own unassisted goal minutes later at 9:28, making it a 9-3 contest.
Harvard outshot Cornell, 23-19, and led in draw controls, 10-6. The Big Red owned the edge in ground balls, 17-10. Harvard was a perfect 10-of-10 on clear attempts. Maeve McMahon led the Crimson with three draw controls. Amie Dickson paced Cornell with four goals, while goalie Renee Poullott finished with 10 stops.
Coming up, the Crimson will visit UMass Lowell Tuesday, April 26 for a 7 p.m. contest.