W. Lax Whacks Wildcats

Now that's more like it.

Coming off Saturday's shocking loss to Loyola, the Harvard women's lacrosse team needed to show that it is still able to garner a big win.

The Wildcats of New Hampshire were just what the Crimson needed: a very beatable team good enough to still be a challenger for the nationally-esteemed Crimson.

And that is what happened yesterday at Ohiri Fields, as Harvard (2-1 Ivy, 7-2 overall) blitzed UNH by the score of 17-8.

A Quick Start

"We had quick start," Harvard Coach Carole Kleinfelder said, "and passed the ball well."

Quick may not be the right word for the way that the Crimson started off the game.

Maybe Warp-10 would be the better term.

It took Harvard only 3:04 for to score its first goal of the game, and then 4:32 to score its next six. So with the first half just beginning, the Crimson staked out to a 7-0 advantage.

Meanwhile, UNH found it difficult to move the ball onto the other half of the field.

"We definitely came out ready to play," co-captain Francie Walton said.

The only time that the game was in any sort of doubt was during the end of the first half.

After extending its lead to 9-1, the Crimson offense suddenly began to sputter.

The Wildcats made good use of the lapse, and closed the gap to 9-4 at halftime.

"I think that we broke down a bit and got tired," Walton said. "The attack wasn't holding on to the ball [long enough]--it was kind of a team lull.