Second-Half Surge Lifts No. 8 Virginia to 13-9 Win over Harvard
March 3, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.–The No. 8 Virginia women’s lacrosse team used a second-half surge to come from behind and defeat Harvard, 13-9, Tuesday (March 3) at University Hall Turf Field.
Down 8-5 to the Crimson (1-1) 3:16 into the second half, the Cavaliers (3-2) finished the game on an 8-1 run that included four goals from junior Kelly Boyd (Baltimore, Md.) and two from senior Liza Blue (Butler, Md.). UVa tied the game at 8-8 on a senior Courtney Swan (Vero Beach, Fla.) free-position goal, but Harvard retook the lead on a Nekele McCall tally with 14:27 to go. It was the Crimson’s final goal, as the Cavaliers scored the final five, with Blue’s goal at 10:15 giving UVa the lead for good. Boyd, who had a career-high four goals, scored the final three goals of the game.
“We started the game off slow and Harvard caught us off guard, really coming at us,” Virginia head coach Julie Myers said. “It was nice to see us step up as the game went on with a much-more aggressive second half from our defenders. Our goalie, Rachel Vander Kolk, had some big saves as well. I’m glad our kids stuck with it, kept pushing and were able to score the goals at the end to win it.”
Freshman Rachel Vander Kolk (Severna Park, Md.) earned the win in net for the Cavaliers, making eight saves to improve to 3-2 on the season. Kelly Weis (1-1) took the loss for the Crimson with eight saves.
Harvard took an early 2-0 lead with goals by Julia Glynn and Marissa Romeo. UVa tied the score, 2-2, at 18:30 when sophomore Kelly Reese (Severna Park, Md.) scored on a senior Courtney Swan (Vero Beach, Fla.) helper, which followed a senior Daniela Eppler (Baltimore, Md.) score.
The goals by Eppler and Reese started a 5-2 UVa run that gave the Cavaliers a 5-4 lead with 4:23 left in the opening half. Freshman Kasey Behr (Northport, N.Y.) scored three goals during the UVa scoring spurt.
Harvard evened the score, 5-5, before the intermission with a score by Maeve McMahon at the 3:04. McMahon’s goal started a 4-0 run for Harvard that pushed the Crimson’s lead to 8-5 with 26:44 left.
The Cavaliers return to action Saturday (March 7) when they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face No. 2 North Carolina at 2:30 p.m.