NEWTON, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team (1-1) led Boston College (5-2) for all but 27 seconds Saturday afternoon, but a goal in the last minute tied the game for the Eagles and the game-winner 2:21 into overtime gave BC the 13-12 win.
Saturday's game had a back-and-forth nature to it. The Crimson would create an extended lead, but Boston College would shift the play to its end and tally consecutive goals to close the gap. Harvard's defense held tough throughout the game, keeping the Eagles in check while setting up the offense to recreate its advantage. This narrative held true until the final four minutes of the game, when Boston College scored three straight, tying the game with 27 seconds remaining. Kaileen Hart then provided the game-winner for Boston College on a free position attempt in the extra period.
Meredith Brown finished the game with a career-best 11 saves in goal for the Crimson. Keeley MacAfee paced the Harvard offense with four goals for the second-straight game. Megan Hennessey notched three points on a goal and assist, supporting her four draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Maeve McMahon gathered six draw controls and had a goal and assist.
Harvard went on the offensive early and often against the Eagles, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first 11:10 of the contest. Guild struck first, potting her second goal of the season at 2:29. Six minutes later, MacAfee doubled the Crimson lead with her fifth of the season, an unassisted effort.
Moments later, freshman Kate Muldoon and Hennessey used consecutive free position tallies, separated by just 35 seconds, to double Harvard's advantage again, this time to 4-0.
Kate Weeks got the Eagles on the board with 13:20 left in the first half. With just under seven minutes left in the period, Harvard's offense struck twice more. Marina Burke notched Harvard's fifth goal, with an assist from McMahon, and 11 seconds later Marisa Romeo converted on a feed from Nicole Baiocco.
Boston College scored the final two goals of the first 30 minutes, sending the game to halftime with Harvard up, 6-3.
The Eagles used that momentum to score the first goal of the second stanza, closing the gap to two goals, but Harvard responded with the next two tallies from Guild and McMahon, pushing the lead back out to 8-4.
Boston College responded once again with a trio of goals, capped by another Weeks score with 20:39 remaining. Harvard used a timeout following the goal to regroup, and came back out with its own three-goal onslaught. Baiocco scored with 19:42 left on the clock and then two minutes later MacAfee found the back of the mesh twice in a matter of 23 seconds. MacAfee scored again with 5:07 remaining to give Harvard a 12-9 advantage heading into the final minutes. Hart and Weeks secured the Eagles comeback with the goals in the last 90 seconds of the game, setting the stage for Hart's game-winner.
Harvard will look to bounce back next Saturday at Jordan Field when it opens Ivy League play against Yale at 1 p.m.