HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team dropped an Ivy League home game to Harvard, 17-12, Sunday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field.
The contest was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was pushed back 24 hours due to snowy conditions in the Upper Valley.
The Big Green (5-4, 0-3 Ivy) had an early lead, but the Crimson (6-4, 3-0 Ivy) used a lengthy run over the course of the two halves to put them in position to secure the conference victory.
The loss was not for a lack of effort by the home team in the second half as they fought until the final whistle, scoring 10 times in the frame after trailing, 9-2, at intermission.
“We talked about being ready to battle all week and we weren’t honestly,” head coach Danielle Spencer said. “We got into that mindset at halftime when we were down, but it needs to come right away at the start of the game.
“I was proud of how we responded in the second,” Spencer added. “We need to figure out how to get that type of play without trailing. That’s a mindset and situation that we will look at and start to implement into our practices to be ready for games.”
Freshman Katie Bourque scored a career-high four goals in the loss. Bourque came into Sunday’s game with three goals all season, a figure she eclipsed in 60 minutes against the Crimson.
Senior Courtney Weisse added three tallies and continues to lead Dartmouth in scoring this season with 27 goals and 30 points. Kathryn Giroux chipped in a pair, while Kierra Sweeney, Campbell Brewer and Taryn Deck all had one score.
The Big Green held an 18-13 advantage on the draw thanks to a 12-7 edge in the second half that helped with the comeback bid. Giroux had nine of the 18 draws in the game, as she remains the Ivy League leader in the category.
Offensively, Harvard was paced by the play of Marissa Romeo and her five goals and two assists — the team lead in both. Additionally, the Crimson got a pair of hat tricks from Megan Hennessey and Maeve McMahon and another two goals from Keeley MacAfee.
A physical game saw Harvard commit 36 fouls to Dartmouth’s 27 with 21 of those Crimson fouls coming in the second half.
The Green and White are back in action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Philadelphia to take on No. 11 Penn at Franklin Field.