Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Harvard, 19-12

Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Harvard, 19-12

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Brown women's lacrosse team was defeated by Harvard, 19-12, on Saturday at Stevenson-Pincince Field. The Crimson went on two six-goal runs in the game, one in each half, to take the win. Sophomore Hafsa Moinuddin (Cheshire, Conn.) led the Bears in scoring on the day, with a career-high seven points on three goals and four assists.

Both teams traded goals to start the game to build up to a 3-3 tie with freshman Emma DeGennaro (Huntington, N.Y.) (26:37), sophomore Carolyn Paletta (Greenwich, Conn.) (25:37) and senior Jillian Lee (Cold Spring Harbor, N.J.) (23:54) scoring for Brown (4-8, 0-5 Ivy League). From there, the Crimson (8-5, 4-1 Ivy League) would hold the Bears scoreless for over 15 minutes and gain an 8-3 lead with three of their six goals coming from Marisa Romeo.

Brown broke the scoring drought with a free-position tally from Moinuddin at 8:41. Harvard next added another goal at 6:53 to take a 9-4 lead. The Bears would then go on a run of their own, scoring four-straight with two coming from junior Emma Dahle (Wynnewood, Pa.) (6:06, 2:55) to pull within one of the Crimson (9-8). Romeo halted Brown's run with her fourth of the contest (1:52) and Harvard added two more to take a 12-8 lead into the break.

The Crimson held a 24-13 shot advantage in the opening half while Brown recorded a 12-8 lead in draw controls. Each team was perfect on free-position shots with Harvard going 3-for-3 and Brown posting a 2-for-2 mark.

Meredith Brown registered three saves in the period while freshman Maggie Bigelow (Montclair, N.J.) stopped six shots for the Bears.

Brown opened the second half with a goal by Moinuddin (29:21), her third of the game, giving her her fourth hat trick of the season. Harvard would next score (28:16) before sophomore Zoe Verni (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) tallied her first score of the game to move the Bears within three (13-10).

The Crimson would then go on their second six-goal run of the day to jump out to a 19-10 lead in a span of 18 minutes, with two scores coming from Caroline Garrity.

Brown's got out of its scoring slump with a goal from freshman Rachel Vercillo (Syracuse, N.Y.) at 2:51. Paletta would next close out the game's scoring with a free-position tally at 1:57 for a 19-12 final.

Harvard held a slight shot lead in the second at 18-16 as well as the draw control advantage (7-5). The Crimson were 1-for-1 on free position shots in the period while the Bears were 2-for-6. Olivia Gundrum played all 30:00 in net the second for Harvard making five saves while Bigelow also added five saves.  

For the game, the Crimson outshot the Bears 40-31. Brown claimed the draw controls advantage, 17-15. Bigelow finished the contest with 11 saves, just one shy of tying her career high.

Moinuddin led Brown offensively with a career-high seven points (3G, 4A), on a perfect 3-of-3 in free-position shots, while both Paletta and Dahle recorded multi-point efforts with two goals and one assist apiece. Sophomore Alex O'Donnell (Moorestown, N.J.) contributed seven draw controls while Paletta added six. Harvard was led by Romeo who concluded the contest with five goals and one assist.

The Bears will remain home at Stevenson-Pincince Field and next host a non-conference game versus UMass Lowell on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.