Women's Lacrosse Beats BU Behind Dominant First Half in 13-4 Win

Madison Conklin had two goals and three assists in Harvard's 13-4 win at BU. (Courtesy of BU Athletics)
Madison Conklin had two goals and three assists in Harvard's 13-4 win at BU. (Courtesy of BU Athletics)

BOSTON, Mass. – Junior Madison Conklin had two goals and three assists, and both Hannah Keating and Katie Muldoon added hat tricks, as Harvard women's lacrosse (2-3) notched a 13-4 road win at Boston University (3-3) on Wednesday night (March 4).

Harvard outscored BU, 9-0, in a dominant first half, and kept the Terriers at bay in the second half, holding a 13-6 edge in draw controls, and a 28-11 margin in shots. Goalkeeper Grace Rotondo had three saves, five ground balls, and three caused turnovers in a standout performance in net. 

Harvard scored three times in the first 13:20 of the game to take early control of the contest. The three goals came in a span of 2:49, with Muldoon scoring first for the Crimson on a 20-yard run down the middle of the field and a shot to the lower left corner at 24:05.

Harvard gained possession off the next draw control, and sophomore Grace Hulslander (two goals) scored a behind-the-back highlight reel goal at 23:23 to make it 2-0 Crimson.

Then Charlotte Clark (two goals, assist) scored consecutive goals at 21:16 off a great feed from Madison Conklin, then at 18:42 on a run from behind the cage to make it 4-0.

Muldoon added her second of the half on a great shot from distance at 18:09 to extend Harvard's hot start. Then Conklin cut to the front of the net and scored her first of the night to make it a 6-0 lead at 13:20.

The goals continued for Harvard in the final minutes of the half as Keating scored a man-up goal at 5:40, added another at 1:41. Then Conklin scored on a free-position shot with 37 seconds to play to make it a 9-0 half for Harvard.

Keating completed the hat trick just 1:00 into the second half on a bounce shot to make it 10-0 before BU finally scored its first of the night at 25:55.

Hulslander added a second half goal at 22:28 to stop a two-goal BU run, then Muldoon completed her first career hat trick, splitting two defenders and beating the goalkeeper low at 20:45 to make it 12-3.

Harvard's final goal of the night came with 5:25 to play, as Tessa Queri scored her first of the night to round out the scoring. 

Game Notes
- Senior Katie Muldoon matched her career high with four points and set a new career mark with three goals on the night.
- Junior Madison Conklin matched her career high with five points (two goals, three assists)
- Senior Hannah Keating recorded her second hat trick of the season and now is tied for the team lead in scoring with 10 goals.
- Hulslander had a team-high five draw controls, while sophomore Shea Jenkins had three ground balls, four draw controls, and three caused turnovers.