BOSTON, Mass. – An early deficit proved to be too much to overcome as the Brown women's lacrosse team dropped a 10-4 decision to the Harvard Crimson on Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium. With the loss, Brown (8-3, 2-2 Ivy) drops into a three-way tie for the fourth and final spot in the Ivy League Tournament field while Harvard improves to 6-4 (3-1 Ivy).
Danielle Mastro (Endicott, N.Y.) led the way for Brown with two goals, while Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, N.Y.) was held scoreless, snapping her 38-game point streak. Kellie Roddy (Poway, Calif.) made six saves in the loss, falling to 8-3 this season while Crimson netminder Kelly Weis stopped seven shots to improve to 6-4.
A 6-1 scoring advantage in the opening half propelled the Crimson to a lead they would not relinquish. Audrey Todd's hat trick and leading scorer Marissa Romeo's marker gave Harvard a 5-0 advantage with 13:13 to play in the half. Mastro got the Bears on the board with her 19th goal of the season to make it a 5-1 game.
Brown had trouble finding the scoring areas in the Crimson defense all afternoon, as they were held to just three shots in the opening half with Harvard stacking the middle of the field. Kyleigh Keating's marker with 13 seconds to play extended the Crimson lead to 6-1 after 30 minutes of play.
Early second half goals from Mastro and Grace Healy (Bellport, N.Y.) drew the Bears within three at 6-3, but Harvard countered with two goals of its own as Megan Hennessey and Alexis Nicolia gave the Crimson its five-goal cushion back at 8-3.
Alyssa DiBona (Media, Pa.) netted her second goal of the season off of a free position shot to cut the deficit to 8-4, but that's as close as the Bears would come as Chelsey Newman tallied two goals late for Harvard to secure the 10-4 victory.
Brown returns home next for its final two games at Stevenson Field this season, hosting Michigan on Wednesday before welcoming Cornell on Saturday for Senior Day.