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Breglia, DeMeo tie program records in nailbiting loss to Harvard

Photo by: Peggy Clark Photography
Photo by: Peggy Clark Photography

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Sophomore Caitlin Breglia (Long Beach, N.Y.) tied the program-record with 11 points Saturday afternoon while junior Jess DeMeo (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) also tied a program record with eight goals, but the Bryant University women's lacrosse team fell in the waning moments against Harvard on Saturday afternoon.

GAME INFORMATION

Harvard 19, Bryant 18

Records: Brown (3-2, 0-1 Ivy), Bryant (2-2)

Location: Jordan Field – Cambridge, Mass.

COACH BATCHELLER'S COMMENTS

"We were really prepared going into this game and felt great about our gameplan. Harvard is a very similar team to Brown and we knew it was going to be a 60-minute battle like it was on Wednesday. I'm really proud of our attack for being able to continuously make big plays under pressure. It really came down to which defense would make a stop at the end of the game and which team would run out of time. I'm looking forward to working with the team to fine-tune our game during spring break. I'm confident in this team and the next time we have a close game I know we will come out on top."

KEY MOMENT

In the final minutes, Harvard was able to get a goal from Robyn White to go up one with 24 seconds left to take the lead. After junior Emma Ahlrichs (Zionsville, Ind.) won the draw, DeMeo had a shot to tie it at the buzzer, but Olivia Gundrum came up with the save to give Harvard the victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Bryant jumped out to an early 2-1 lead with DeMeo scoring twice in 3:12 to give the Bulldogs the advantage.
  • Harvard answered with a five-goal run to go up 6-2 midway through the second half.
  • The Bulldogs would respond, with Breglia scoring two goals in a four-goal rally to tie the game at six.
  • After DeMeo scored two in 1:50 to give the Bulldogs the lead, Julia Glynn scored three in a row for Harvard to give the Crimson a two-goal advantage heading into the break.
  • Breglia and DeMeo scored 62 seconds apart to start the second half, knotting the game at 10 apiece.
  • Harvard scored four of the next five goals to go up 14-11 with 18:02 left. Glynn scored the last two of that stretch.
  • Bryant answered with senior Kristie VosWinkel (Newtown, Conn.) scoring a pair and DeMeo adding a third to tie the game at 14.
  • After Harvard scored twice in 32 seconds, junior Lauren Britton (Monmouth Beach, N.Y.) joined Breglia and DeMeo's goal-scoring party giving the Bulldogs a 17-16 lead with 6:25 left.
  • The Crimson would score three of the last four goals, including White's winner with 24 seconds left to take the game.

STATS

  • Breglia's 11 points came by way of five goals and six assists. During Bryant's 6-1 run in the first half, Breglia recorded points on five of the six goals.
  • The Bulldogs turned the ball over 12 times, while Harvard coughed it up 11 times.
  • Bryant earned a slim 19-18 advantage on the draw control. Britton and junior Meredith James (Essex Falls, N.J.) each tallied seven draw controls.
  • In eight-meter shots, the Bulldogs were 4-for-8, while Harvard finished 1-for-3.
  • Bryant committed a season-low eight fouls Saturday.
  • VosWinkel finished the day with her first-career hat trick, recording three goals and an assist.
  • Both Britton and senior Catlin Brown (San Diego, Calif.) recorded a goal and an assist.
  • Freshman Jamie Fischer (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) finished with three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
  • Seniors Samantha Santeramo (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Laura Fullam (Massapequa, N.Y.) joined DeMeo and James in finishing with two ground balls.

NOTES

  • Breglia's 11 points are the second-highest total by a player in a single game in the NCAA this season. Her six assists also rank second nationally.
  • Likewise, DeMeo's eight goals rank her second nationally for goals in a game this season.
  • The only other Bulldog to record 11 points in a game was Allison Faiola in 2009 when she tallied four goals and seven assists at Saint Francis U on March 14.
  • DeMeo's eight goals are the highest for any player in the Division I era and tie Faiola, who did it twice, for most in a game in the program's history.
  • The last person to record at least five assists in a game was Nicole Britton in 2015 (6 vs. Robert Morris).
  • Fischer matched her career-high with three ground balls and set a new career high in caused turnovers.
  • James' seven draw controls are a new career high. She had five (her previous mark) against Brown.
  • The 37 goals in a game is the second-highest total in a game this season (Marquette and Niagara scored 38 on March 3).

UP NEXT

The road trip heads to Western New York as the Bulldogs will battle reigning MAAC Champion Canisius on March 15 at 4:00 p.m.

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