Women's Lacrosse Rallies For 18-12 Win Over UMass In Home Opener

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First-year Grace Hulslander led the Crimson with four goals and two assists against UMass. (Gil Talbot)

Madison Conklin, Grace Hulslander, and Keeley MacAfee each scored four goals and sophomore goalie Grace Rotondo made a career high 15 saves to help Harvard women's lacrosse (2-1) earn an 18-12 win over UMass (1-2) in the home opener for the Crimson at Jordan Field.

Caroline Garrity and Katie Muldoon each added a pair of goals, as Harvard rallied from a three-goal deficit in the first half, scoring four goals at the end of the first half to take a 10-9 lead.

The Crimson outscored UMass 8-3 in the second half to pull away for the win. Shots were even at 38-38 for the game, with Harvard owning a 29-19 advantage on ground balls.

The four-goal run at the end of the first half was keyed by three scores in a span of 1:25 seconds late in the frame. Muldoon scored on a free position shot at 3:48, then MacAfee added her first goal of the game just over 30 seconds later, making a great move into the left side of the circle and beating UMass goalie Gina Carroll (seven saves) with a high shot at 3:16.

Hulslander's third goal of the first half at 2:11 helped the Crimson retake the lead at 10-9 heading into the break. 

A three-goal run early in the second half, capped off by Hulslander's final goal of the game at 18:16 put the Crimson in front 13-10.

Then another three-goal run, sparked by senior captain Marley Jenkins' first goal of the season at 12:28, pushed the lead to 16-11, all but sealing the win for the Crimson.

Harvard Highlights

  • Several career highs were set this afternoon. Sophomore Madison Conklin recorded a career best five points, including single game high of four goals. First-year Grace Hulslander led all scorers with six points (four goals, two assists), also a career best. Junior Katie Muldoon matched a career best with two goals.
  • Sophomore goalie Grace Rotondo made a career best 15 saves in the win for the Crimson
  • Celia Concannon (three ground balls, two caused turnovers), Shea Jenkins (three ground balls, two caused turnovers), and Colleen Burke (two ground balls, two caused turnovers) led the Crimson on the defensive end.
  • The win was the first at home for Devon Wills, The Carole Kleinfelder Head Coach for Harvard Women's Lacrosse.

Game Notes

  • Harvard earned its first win in the series against UMass since a 10-8 victory on Feb. 27, 2010 on the road.
  • Harvard scored 12 of the game's final 15 goals, holding the Minutewomen to just three scores over the final 40:29 of game action.