Women's Lacrosse Earns Decisive 15-3 Win in Season Opener Against Niagara

Madison Conklin scored twice in Harvard's season-opening 15-3 win over Niagara.
Madison Conklin scored twice in Harvard's season-opening 15-3 win over Niagara.
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tessa Queri and Grace Hulslander each scored a career high four goals to lead Harvard women's lacrosse (1-0) to a 15-3 win over Niagara (0-2) in the season opener for the Crimson.

Madison Conkin and Maddie Barkate added a pair of goals, and Charlotte Clark had a goal and two assists to help the Harvard attack. 

On the defensive end, both Shea Jenkins and Tate Green had two caused turnovers, while Green, Hannah Keating, and Katie Muldoon each had three ground balls. Hulslander led the Crimson with eight draw controls.

Goalkeeper Grace Rotondo made three saves to earn the win in net, while Hannah Valencia

First-year Maddie Barkate got the scoring started for Harvard with her first career goal on a free position shot just under two minutes into the game (28:07). Conklin scored her first of the game at 22:27 to make it 2-0 Harvard in what was a defensive start to the game.

A great pass from Charlotte Clark to a cutting Hulslander led to a goal at 14:56 of the half to make it 3-0 before Niagara scored its lone goal of the first half at 12:29.

The Crimson went on a run to end the half and put the game out of reach, scoring five times in a span of 6:28 to take an 8-1 lead at the break. Goals from Hulslander (11:08), Clark (7:41, free position shot), Conklin (6:18), Barkate (5:24) and Queri (4:40) helped Harvard build its big lead.

Hulslander added her third and fourth goals of the day on a free position shot at 25:35 of the second half, and scored another at 23:10 to make it 10-1.

Clark made another great pass, connecting with Queri who fired a low shot past Niagara goalkeeper Aubrey Deveau (eight saves) at 22:54 to make it 11-1. Deveau was replaced in net by Michelle Messenger shortly thereafter.

Queri added two more goals in the second half at 17:59 on a free position shot, and 10:01, while Hannah Keating (12:08) and Stephanie Hong (1:27, free position shot) rounded out the scoring for Harvard. 

Game Notes
- Hulslander matched her career high with four goals (last, vs. UMass on Feb. 27, 2019), while Queri set a new career high with her four goals.
- Harvard recorded its most lopsided season opening win since a 19-2 victory over Holy Cross on Feb. 24, 2008.
- This was the first-ever meeting between Harvard and Niagara in women's lacrosse.