Posted: Apr 11, 2017
Marisa Romeo notched five points (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A total of nine Harvard student-athletes scored in the midweek clash against UMass Lowell, as the Harvard women's lacrosse team crushed the Riverhawks, 17-6, Tuesday at Harvard Stadium. Three members of the Crimson scored three times: Marisa Romeo, Hannah Keating and Keeley MacAfee. For Keating, the hat trick was the first of her career.
Caroline Garrity led the Crimson in draw controls with three, while also potting a pair of goals. As a team, the Crimson forced UMass Lowell into 22 turnovers, while only committing seven themselves. Harvard also scooped up 18 ground balls to UMass Lowell's three.
Marissa Romeo scored the game's first goal 2:37 in as Harvard took a 3-0 lead four minutes in. The Riverhawks responded back with one goal at the 23:50 mark, but the Crimson edged out the Riverhawks, scoring five goals within the next 10 minutes. Keeley MacAfee scored Harvard's next goal 8:15 in and Romeo scored her second goal of the contest a little over a minute later to take the advantage to 5-1. Maeve McMahon and Garrity followed in line for the Crimson in the next four minutes to build the Harvard lead to 7-2.
Harvard took advantage of consecutive free position attempts as the first half passed the midway point, with Romeo and Garrity each converting before Krsitina Keith scored for the Riverhawks to make it 9-3. Megan Hennessey potted two goals in 30 seconds, giving Harvard an 11-3 lead with 2:15 to go and then Keating netted her first career goal in the final seconds of the first half.
MacAfee then opened the second half scoring 4:00 in to make it 13-3 Harvard. Keating scored once again before UMass Lowell scored twice. Kristin Burnetta, Marley Jenkins and Keating got on the score sheet with under 8:15 to play, closing out the scoring at 17-6.
The goals by Keating, Burnetta, Jenkins counted as their first of the season.
Harvard returns to Ivy League action on Saturday, visiting Brown at 1 p.m.
To watch a full replay of today's game, visit the Ivy League Digital Network.