ITHACA, N.Y. – Julia Glynn matched her season-high with four goals and Marisa Romeo netted a hat trick, but the Harvard women's lacrosse team (8-8, 4-3 Ivy) dropped its Ivy League Tournament semifinal game at No. 11 Cornell (12-4, 6-1 Ivy) Friday, 16-11.
The four goals matched a season-high for Glynn, while Romeo's six-point effort etched her name in the Harvard record books. Her third goal of the night gave her 50 for the season, becoming the 10th student-athlete in program history to reach that mark. Her 75 points this year is the sixth-highest in Crimson lore.
Nearly all team statistics proved even by the end of the game. Harvard held a slight edge in shots, 28-26, while Cornell led ground balls, 16-15, and draw controls, 15-14. Glynn had a team-high four ground balls and Marina Burke led the way in draw controls with three.
Cornell tallied first goal of the night at 28:36 from Tomasina Leska, but Harvard responded with a trio of tallies over a 2:34 period. Glynn started the scoring for the Crimson, converting with 26:05 left on the clock, her first of three in the half. Marisa Romeo scored the next Harvard goal, charging from behind the cage to beat the netminder. Keeley MacAfee punctuated the scoring stretch with her 36th of the year, fighting off a Cornell defender and firing a shot from the right side of the cage.
The Big Red came back with three goals of its own to take a 4-3 advantage with 15:57 left in the half before the defenses took over, setting the stage for a nearly seven-minute scoreless stretch. Glynn ended that drought with 9:01 to go before the break, circling the goal to create an open space out front for her second. Cornell tacked on two more before Glynn completed her hat trick at 6:05. Off a foul call, Romeo sent a lengthy pass to a wide-open Glynn in front of the goal, faking the goaltender and beating her up high.
Cornell scored the next three goals, but Maeve McMahon scored her 25th of the season late in the half to make it 9-6 at the intermission. Despite the score, Harvard outshot Cornell in the first half, 16-13, and ground balls were tied, 7-7.
Following the break, Cornell potted five of the first six goals to take a 14-7 lead. The Crimson continued to battle though, ripping off the next three goals to cut the deficit to four. MacAfee scored with 14:05 to go, with Glynn and Romeo each following suit.
The scoring slowed over the final 12 minutes of the game, but Cornell was able to add two more scores to its count to Harvard's one. That goal came from Marisa Romeo, clinching her 12th hat trick of the season.
The Crimson finish the season 8-8 overall and 4-3 in the Ivy League.