SPARKS, Md. – Junior midfielder Keeley MacAfee had three goals and an assist, Robyn White added three goals, and Julia Glynn had two goals, an assist, and a pair of ground balls and caused turnovers, but Harvard women's lacrosse (3-3) fell to No. 7/8 Syracuse, 20-13, on Tierney Field at the US Lacrosse Headquarters.
Syracuse held a 36-30 edge in shots, while Harvard had a 18-17 edge in draw controls and a 17-15 advantage on ground balls.
The Crimson kept it close in the opening half, cutting an early Orange lead to two on a free position goal for Tessa Queri (two goals) at 12:11, followed by a man-up goal from MacAfee at 8:36 to make it 7-5. The two teams traded goals in the closing minutes of the frame, with Syracuse holding a 10-7 lead at the break.
MacAfee scored her third of the game early in the second half (28:04) to make it a two goal game, and Glynn scored at 26:22 to answer a Syracuse tally to make it 11-9. But the Orange went on a 6-0 run covering the next 12 minutes play to take control of the game.
In her first game action of the season, Meredith Brown led Harvard with 10 saves in net.
Harvard will play a midweek contest next Wednesday at UMass with game time at 7 p.m.