Women's Lacrosse Suffers Narrow Defeat to Cornell, 9-8, in Ivy Opener

Grace Rotondo made nine saves in Harvard's Ivy opener against Cornell. (Gil Talbot)
Grace Rotondo made nine saves in Harvard's Ivy opener against Cornell. (Gil Talbot)
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tessa Queri and Grace Hulslander each had two goals, and goalkeeper Grace Rotondo made nine saves, but Harvard women's lacrosse (1-3, 0-1 Ivy) fell, 9-8, to Cornell (3-1, 1-0 Ivy) in the conference opener for both teams.

Charlotte Clark and Maddie Barkate each had a goal and an assist for Harvard, which outshot Cornell 26-24, and had a 16-10 edge on ground balls.

With the game knotted at 7-7 midway through the second half, a man-up goal by Cornell at 12:45, followed by Sophie Alois' goal at 9:29 gave the Big Red a 9-7 lead. Hannah Keating's free position shot at 6:36 made it a one-goal game.

Harvard had possession with just over a minute to play, but Hulslander's shot from in close was blocked, and Cornell was able to run the clock out to seal the win.

Harvard, which trailed 3-0 at one point in the first half, ran off six straight goals to close out the opening frame, taking control of the game early on.

Queri got the run started, beating the shot clock with a well-placed low shot off a feed from Maddie Barkate at 16:52.

Charlotte Clark scored at 9:40 on a low shot to make it a one-goal game. Hulslander tied the game on Harvard's next possession at 8:54.

Then Katie Muldoon scored her first of the season, cutting through the middle and beating the goalkeeper with a high-low shot at 8:01 to make it 4-3.

Hulsander's man-down goal at 3:29 made it 5-3, then Queri bounced a shot into the net at 1:24 to give the Crimson a 6-3 lead at the break. But Cornell responded with four straight goals to start the second half and regain momentum. 

Game Notes
- Sophomore Shea Jenkins led the team with four draw controls, while Rotondo had a team-high four ground balls. Olivia Gill, Katie Muldoon, and Alison Crump each had two caused turnovers for the Crimson.
- Junior Tessa Queri now leads the team with 10 points (nine goals, one assist) on the season, scoring a goal in every game this year.