“When you outshoot a team 22 to nine at halftime and you’re only up by one it’s obviously not a good performance.” Miller said.
The second half started on a positive note for Harvard, as sophomore attacker Alexis Nicolia scored an unassisted goal to continue the scoring streak for Harvard before Calby countered with her third goal of the night five minutes into the period.
Dartmouth continued to dominate the possession battle, keeping the ball away from the Crimson while also winning the ground ball battle nine-to-five.
The scoring drought finally broke when Romeo scored her league-leading 46th goal of the year to put Harvard up 8-6.
The match would experience yet another scoring drought with neither team being able to break through for the next eight minutes until Calby scored her fourth goal to close the gap to one.
Dartmouth would use this to spark the game deciding run, as Leto would score off of a free position shot before Allard’s goal would put the Big Green up for good.
Despite the loss, the Crimson will continue to play in the Ivy League tournament in Princeton, N.J., as the three seed. The Crimson will face second seed Penn as it starts its quest for the Ivy League postseason title. Miller believes the loss can be used as an example of what the team will encounter at the tournament.
“If we learn from [the loss] and get better, [this loss] can be used as a good tool.” Miller said.
—Staff writer Ariel Smolik-Valles can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.