The struggles continue for the Harvard women’s lacrosse team.
Hosting No. 14/20 Boston College at Harvard Stadium on Wednesday night, the Crimson dropped its third straight game, falling to the Eagles, 7-5.
After taking an early 5-1 lead, Boston College withstood a late Harvard comeback attempt to snap a two-game losing streak of its own.
Despite holding the Eagles (5-4, 1-1 ACC) to a season-low seven goals, the Crimson (2-4, 0-2 Ivy) was unable to figure out the Boston College defense. Harvard, which entered the contest averaging 9.2 goals per game, was held to just two goals over the first 50 minutes of play, eventually finishing with five—its lowest offensive output since April 2009.
"We’re not executing," sophomore attack Chelsey Newman said. "We just need to work on limiting turnovers."
The Crimson coughed up the ball 10 times during the game and connected on just five of 18 shot attempts.
Junior midfielder Nina Kucharczyk paced the Crimson offense with two goals on four shots. After going scoreless in Harvard’s first four games, Kucharczyk has been on a tear as of late, posting a pair of scores in the Crimson’s past two contests.
"She’s a little bit more comfortable with the position that she’s playing in," Harvard coach Lisa Miller said. "She’s an athletic kid, and she’s tough to manage."
Kucharczyk’s second score of the night brought the Crimson within two, 7-5, with 5:47 to play.
Sophomore Kasey Uhlenhuth captured the ensuing draw control to give Harvard possession of the ball with a chance to pull within a single goal.
Boston College’s stingy defense kept the Crimson away from the net for nearly two minutes. With just over three minutes to go, junior midfielder Danielle Tetreault got past her defender and penetrated to the net. But Tetreault’s shot attempt was swallowed up by Eagles goalie Emily Mata, who finished with eight saves on the evening.
The Crimson had one last chance after junior Jennifer VanderMeulen caused a turnover with 1:50 to go, but co-captain Melanie Baskind’s attempt with 68 seconds left on the clock was stopped by Mata.
The Eagles took possession of the ball and ran out the clock to secure the two-goal win. Boston College, which was led offensively by Brittany Wilton (two goals), Moira Barry (one goal, one assist), and Brooke Blue (one goal, one assist), got off to a quick start, posting three goals in the first five minutes of play.
"We got off to a slow start," Miller said. "I think [Boston College] played a little bit faster than the last couple of opponents that we’ve played."
Wilton took the game’s opening draw control, and less than three minutes later Kristin Igoe put the Eagles on the board.