Women’s Lacrosse: Harvard shuts down Terrier offense

The Boston University women’s lacrosse team was unable to keep its offensive rampage going against Harvard, losing to the Crimson 13-4. 

Prior to the match, the offense-minded Terriers (3-3) had scored 12 or more goals in three of their five games. Against Harvard, BU managed only 11 shots compared to the Crimson’s 28. Junior attacker Makenzie Irvine scored two goals, and senior attacker Kailey Conry and senior midfielder Maggie Lohrer each notched one. 

Lohrer, who missed the majority of the past two seasons due to injury and had played in only four of the Terriers’ previous contests, had her best game of the season against Harvard. Lohrer’s second-period goal was her first goal since April 29, 2017 against American. Lohrer also picked up three ground balls and caused three turnovers. 

There was not much contribution from the rest of BU’s roster. Junior attacker Ava Barry, freshman attacker Lauren Kaye, and sophomore midfielder Maddie MacMaster, some of the Terriers’ usual scoring threats, all went scoreless. 

Junior midfielder Emily Vervlied, a Patriot League Preseason Team selection, continued to struggle to be a factor on offense. After starting strong against Boston College and Niagara, Vervlied’s role in the offense has gradually declined. Vervlied has not scored or attempted more than one shot since February 16 against Hartford. 

The Terriers’ 25 turnovers, 19 of which were forced by Harvard, did not help their case on offense. BU had not turned the ball over more than 15 times in a game since February 14 against Niagara. 

The loss spoiled sophomore goalie Kennady Smith’s first start of the season in the cage. Kennady Smith made only one save against nine goals allowed before she was pulled and replaced by senior goalie Bianca Smith. Bianca Smith made six saves and allowed just four goals as she finished off the game. 

Harvard attacker Hannah Keating and midfielder Katie Muldoon both recorded hat tricks and totaled four points each. Madison Conklin scored only two goals but added three assists for five points. 

BU has one more game before the conference portion of their season begins. The Terriers square off with Jacksonville on the road on Monday at 1:00 p.m. 

Featured Image by Perry Sosi.

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