Led by an awesome, yet balanced, scoring attack, the Harvard women's lacrosse team yesterday romped to a 24-2 victory over visiting Boston College.
"We have the ability to generate a lot of offense, "Coach Carole Kleinfelder hazarded.
Eight different laxwomen contributed to the second highest goal count in Harvard women's lacrosse history (Dartmouth fell, 26-5. last year). Maureen Finn led the way with six tallies of her own.
But while the offense played a picture perfect game, the defense suffered from two obvious, but momentary, lapses of concentration.
The first of these miscues occurred in the first minute of play as Harvard's defense seemed stale after the two-week layoff.
"We just suffered from not having played," said goalkeeper Charlotte Worsley.
"The defense played real well overall. We just had a little trouble at the start."
Ironically B.C. junior Cathy Tomlinson opened the game's scoring when she went by the still hibernating defense at 24:10 to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. B.C.'s chances, however, quickly blew away in the gusty currents swirling around Soldiers Field.
On the ensuing faceoff, the Crimson took control of the ball, and at 22:07 Francesca Den Hartog, playing at second home, was awarded a penalty shot 10 yards in front of the B.C. goal following a checking penalty.
Den Hartog then capitalized on the opportunity with a cannon drive that beat Eagle goalie Theresa Henry in the upper left corner of the net.
Lilli Pew, who moved up to first home from her normal spot at left attack wing, followed at 20:28 with a goal that showed why the women's lacrosse squad is among the top teams in the nation.
Center Jennifer White stole the ball at mid-field and hit Den Hartog, who was coming back to help output. The Eliot House junior then passed Pew for a breakaway goal to give the Crimson the lead.
Pew came back a minute later to take a similar pass from freshman Ellen O'Neill, but this time she dumped off to Maureen Finn who took the opportunity to beat Herney and to put the Crimson ahead to stay.
On the game Finn was only one of three laxwomen to notch hat tricks. Den Hartog notched four goals, and after scoring her first goal in a Crimson uniform at 6:14 of the first half, freshman Lisa Black proceeded to twitch the twang four more times.
"Lisa has been doing some nice things," Kleinfelder said after the game. "Today was a real pleasant surprise, but she's always had a good nose for the goal."
Goals and Goals and Goals
After Tomlinson gave B.C. its second and last goal of the game just five seconds from the end of the first stanza, the laxwomen extended their 9-2 half-time lead with 14 unanswered tallies in the second stanza.
UMass Today--1 p.m.
Following yesterday's game, the squad had a short practice to prepare for UMass and its sagging zone defense. A tyrannical gesture? No claims Kleinfelder. "We did't get a chance to practice against a zone today. I just wanted us to be familiar with the zone for tomorrow."