DENVER, CO – Hannah Keating and Charlotte Clark each had two goals, and Madison Conklin matched a career high with four assists, but Harvard women's lacrosse (1-2) fell, 15-6, to No. 10 Denver at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Grace Rotondo made seven saves in net for Harvard, including six in the first half, as Harvard built an early lead on the Pioneers and hung close with one of the top teams in the nation.
The Crimson scored three goals in the opening 10 minutes of play while holding Denver off the scoreboard, as first-year Maddie Barkate (27:36), Keating (26:56) and Clark (man-up, 21:30) all scored to put Harvard up 3-0.
Denver responded with five of the next six goals in the game to take its first lead at 9:52 of the first half at 5-4.
Tessa Queri scored on free position shot at 4:24 to even the score before a Denver goal at 2:04 put the home team up 6-5 at halftime.
Denver took control in the second half, scoring nine straight goals while holding Harvard scoreless until Keating's man-down goal with 1:11 to play made it 15-6.
Denver had a 31-15 edge in shots on goal, a 20-16 margin on ground balls, and a 11-10 edge on caused turnovers.
- Sophomore Grace Hulslander led the team with six draw controls, while Shea Jenkins had a team-high four ground balls (along with Grace Rotondo), and three caused turnovers.
- Junior Tessa Queri now leads the team with eight points (seven goals, one assist) on the season.
- Charlotte Clark recorded her first career multi-goal game and now has seven points (four goals, three assists) in her first three contests.