PRINCETON 17, HARVARD 9
In its second matchup of the year against the No. 12 Tigers (20-5), the Crimson could not keep pace with a high-powered Princeton offense and fell by an eight-goal margin.
The first period turned out to be the killer for Harvard, as the Tigers found scoring from a variety of sources to jump out to a 7-2 lead.
The Crimson outscored Princeton by one in the second period to bridge the gap, but a stout defensive effort from the Tigers after the intermission held the Crimson to just two more goals.
The Tigers received two big performances from junior Katie Rigler and freshman Pippa Temple, who combined to tally nine of the team’s 17 scores.
On the other end, Shayna Price led Harvard with a hat trick, and co-captain Elise Molnar and freshman Rachel Lobato added on two goals apiece.
HARVARD 12, GEORGE WASHINGTON 6
In its first game of the tournament, the Crimson took advantage of a huge fourth quarter to ride to a 12-6 victory over the Colonials (13-12).
Harvard entered the fourth period up only two. But fueled by a pair of tallies from Aisha Price, the team went on to outscore George Washington by a 5-1 margin in the quarter to seize control of the game.
“We were up the whole game, but we just wanted to finish the game strong,” Price said. “We just kept on attacking and were able to really pull away in the fourth quarter.”
Price led the Crimson with a game-high five goals, and Hendrix contributed a hat trick of her own while also posting a team-high three steals.
Both squads struggled to find offense in the first quarter and played to a 2-2 tie after the first eight minutes.
But the Crimson outscored the Colonials in the second period to take a 6-3 lead entering intermission. George Washington brought itself within two in the third period, setting up the opportunity for Harvard to pull away in the fourth.
—Staff writer David Steinbach can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.