Julia Glynn (seven goals) and Keeley MacAfee (five goals, three assists) led Harvard against UMass this afternoon. (Gil Talbot)
AMHERST, Mass. – It was another offensive outburst for Harvard women's lacrosse (3-4) but the Crimson fell, 22-17, to UMass (5-3) at Garber Field on Thursday afternoon.
Senior Julia Glynn recorded a team-high seven goals, and junior Keeley MacAfee added five goals and three assists to lead the Crimson offense. Freshman Celia Concannon matched a career high with four ground balls and added two caused turnovers. Olivia Gundrum (six saves, four ground balls) and Meredith Brown (two saves) split time in net.
Harvard owned an 18-13 advantage on ground balls, with UMass holding a slight edge in shots (41-38).
In a game of big runs by both teams, Harvard rallied from a three-goal deficit (4-1) early in the first half with six straight goals, bookended by goals from MacAfee at 16:45 and 8:59 to put the Crimson up 7-4. Harvard maintained its lead heading into the break, with Glynn scoring three times in the final 10 minutes to help the Crimson hold an 11-7 lead after 30 minutes of play.
After a Glynn man-up goal just over three minutes into the second half put the Crimson up by five, UMass scored eight of the next nine in the game to take a 15-13 lead with 14:51 to play. Harvard cut the lead to one goal twice in the remaining regulation time, with two straight goals from Glynn, her sixth and seventh of the day, pulling the Crimson to within 18-17 at the 4:39 mark.
But UMass held on in the final minutes to earn the victory. Freshman Tessa Queri (three goals, assist) and junior Nicole Baiocco (goal, three assists) also had standout games for Harvard.
Harvard continues Ivy League play on Sunday with an 11 a.m. contest at Columbia. The game will air on the Ivy League Network.