Despite a season-high six goals game from sophomore attack Marisa Romeo, the Crimson (5-5, 3-1 Ivy) fell to No. 4 Boston College (12-2, 4-2 ACC) in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles topped Harvard by six goals, by a final score of 19-13.
Romeo’s seven points came from a tied career-high of six goals and also one assist. All six goals were unassisted, with the sophomore netting five in the second half. In a man-up opportunity midway through the second period, Romeo dished the ball to sophomore attack Megan Hennessey, who found the back of the net to tally her second goal of the game. Earlier in the match, Hennessey capitalized on an assist from junior co-captain midfielder Audrey Todd to close the first-period scoring and close the scoring gap to three notches heading into halftime.
The Crimson failed to grab a lead throughout the match, only tying the score once, 3-3, after a 3-0 BC run in the opening minutes. Freshman midfielder Eliza Guild buried a free position shot in the seventh minute of the first period to level the score, but the Eagles went on to execute a 4-0 run to more than double Harvard’s score in the next ten minutes.
After halftime, the Crimson offense could not string together more than two consecutive goals without allowing one, contributing to the widening scoring gap in the BC squad’s favor. The slowed Harvard offensive effort can be attributed to the Eagles’ edge in draw controls, 22-12, with BC holding possession for the majority of the contest. Hennessey grabbed half of the Crimson’s draws with six.
Despite both teams allowing an equal number of turnovers, 10, the Harvard defense executed 13-of-16 defensive clears, while the Eagles secured perfection, with 8-of-8.
Romeo led both teams with six goals, but BC sophomore midfielder Tess Chandler recorded an Eagles team-high four goals, two coming in the first five minutes that led to a 2-0 lead for the home team early on in the match.
Junior co-captain and goalie Kelly Weis recorded five saves for the Crimson, the highest of any goalie that saw the field. Substituting in for Weis in the final ten minutes, freshman goalie Meredith Brown recorded three saves of her own.
Tallying a team-high two groundballs, junior co-captain Tory Waldstein led the Harvard defense. Sophomore defender Emma Ford saw the offensive third of the field in the final seconds to net the final goal of the match off a free position opportunity, bringing the final score to, 13-19.
—Staff writer Kelley Guinn McArtor can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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