Complete Team Effort Leads Women’s Lacrosse Past Siena, 20-6

Kristin Burnetta and the Crimson posted a 20-6 victory Saturday (Penny Ashford).
Kristin Burnetta and the Crimson posted a 20-6 victory Saturday (Penny Ashford).
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Thirteen Harvard student-athletes scored, led by senior Marisa Romeo's four goals, and the Harvard women's lacrosse team steamrolled Siena, 20-6, Saturday at the Harvard Stadium Bubble.

The 20 goals are the most for Harvard since a 21-2 win at St. Mary's Feb. 28, 2016.

Maeve McMahon led the Crimson in draw controls with six, while also potting a pair of goals. As a team, the Crimson posted a 20-7 draw control advantage and forced Siena into 14 turnovers, while only committing seven themselves. Harvard also scooped up 17 ground balls to Siena's nine.

Siena scored the game's first goal 29 seconds in and then took a 2-1 lead two minutes in, but the Crimson scored the next five goals and never looked back. Eliza Guild scored Harvard's first goal 1:16 in and Romeo scored her first a little less than five minutes in to tie the game at 2-2. Megan Hennessey and Keeley MacAfee followed suit for the Crimson in the next 90 seconds to build the Harvard lead to 4-2.

Harvard took advantage of consecutive free position attempts as the first half neared the midway point, as Romeo and Nicole Baiocco each converted before Julia Sardella scored for the Saints to make it 6-3. Romeo completed her hat trick with 11:23 left in the first half and then McMahon netted two-straight goals to begin a stretch of 11 consecutive goals for the Crimson that spanned from 7:19 left in the first half to the 13:39 mark of the second.

Julia Glynn, Marina Burke and MacAfee closed out the first period scoring, each beating the Siena goaltender in the last 68 seconds.

Glynn then opened the second half scoring 3:35 in to make it 13-4 Harvard. Ali Thaler, Guild, Romeo, Katie Muldoon and Caroline Ashford kept the goals coming for the Crimson to extend the lead to 18-4 before Siena scored twice. Julia DiNovi and Bridget Flynn got on the score sheet with under 2:15 to play, closing out the scoring at 20-6.

The goals by Ashord, Thaler, DiNovi and Flynn counted as their first of the season.

Harvard is back at it Monday afternoon, hosting Ohio State at 3 p.m.

To watch a full replay of today's game, visit the Ivy League Digital Network.