Junior Keeley MacAfee led Harvard with four goals and three assists against Dartmouth. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite four goals and three assists from junior Keeley MacAfee, Harvard women's lacrosse team (3-6, 0-3 Ivy League) fell 18-14 to No. 18 Dartmouth (7-1, 3-0 Ivy League) on Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium.
Harvard held a 17-16 edge on ground balls, but Dartmouth had a 35-31 advantage on shots, and a 20-13 edge on draw controls.
Harvard goalkeeper Grace Rotondo, who entered the game at the 12:12 mark, made nine saves, while Kiera Vrindten made seven stops for Dartmouth.
The Crimson owned a 9-8 lead after the opening 30 minutes of play, a half in which neither team led by more than two goals. Trailing 4-2, Harvard went on a four goal run to regain the lead in a span of 2:13 midway through the half. MacAfee capped off the run with a free-position goal, her third score of the half, on a great shot to the low left corner at 15:35.
After Dartmouth rallied to take the lead at 8-7 with 6:58 to go in the half, senior Julia Glynn (three goals, assist) scored twice, including a quick shot off a feed from Nicole Baiocco with 1:56 to play to give the Crimson the lead at the half.
The Crimson went ahead 10-8 on Hannah Keating's goal at 27:35, but Dartmouth regained the lead for good with five straight goals to go up 13-10 with 18:11 to go in the second half. Harvard pulled to within two at 14-12 on Keating's third goal of the game on a quick shot from just outside the circle off a feed from Madison Conklin with 15:41 to go.
But Dartmouth maintained its lead the rest of the way.
Dartmouth's win snapped a three-game Harvard winning streak in the series. Harvard leads the all-time series 22-21-1
Harvard will take on Boston University on Wednesday (7 p.m.) in a road contest and then will be back at home next Saturday (April 7) to take on No. 19 Princeton in a 1 p.m. contest at Harvard Stadium. That game will air on NESNplus and the Ivy League Network.