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Harvard Women's Lacrosse Hosts No. 19/20 Penn in Home Opener Saturday

Audrey Todd and the Crimson are searching for their first Ivy win of the season (Craig Cyr).

The Storyline
After playing its first two games of the season on the road, the Harvard women's lacrosse team will host No. 19/20 Penn in the Crimson's home opener. Harvard sits at 0-2 on the season, while Penn, who visited Rutgers Wednesday, also carried an 0-2 record in the week.

Follow From Home
Live Video (with subscription) and live statistics are available for Saturday's game against Penn.  

Last Time Out
Micaela Cyr and Audrey Todd each scored two goals and handed out two assists, but Harvard fell in the Ivy opener at No. 15 Cornell, 17-12, March 2.
 
Alexis Nicolia also recorded her second straight hat trick for Harvard, while Cyr led the Crimson with five draw controls. Annie Meyjes (three saves) and Mel Cook (four saves) split time in net for Harvard against the Big Red.
 
Harvard was 12-of-15 on clear attempts and had the edge in draw controls, 17-14, while Cornell led in ground balls, 18-13.
 
Ivy League Honors
Micaela Cyr was tabbed to the Ancient Eight honor roll March 4, as she tallied three goals and added two assists for five points at Cornell March 2. Cyr also had five draw controls, grabbed three ground balls and caused two turnovers.
 
Alexis Nicolia and Annie Meyjes were each named to the Ivy League honor roll Feb. 25 after turning in strong performances at Stanford Feb. 24.
 
Home Advantage
Last season, the Crimson owned a 7-2 record in home games played at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium or Harvard Stadium. Harvard will play three home contests this season (Penn, Yale and Columbia).
 
Leading the Crimson
Micaela Cyr (5-4-9) and Alexis Nicolia (8-1-9) pace Harvard in scoring through two games. Audrey Todd (5-2-7) is tied for second on the team in goals, while Kyleigh Keating (3-3-6) has also had the scoring touch.
 
Cyr has earned eight draw controls and is tied with Danielle Tetreault for the team lead with five ground balls apiece. In net, Annie Meyjes has started both games and has recorded 17 saves for a .378 save percentage.
 
Climbing the Charts
Senior Danielle Tetreault has scored 92 goals in her career. She is 13 goals shy of tying Kelly McBridge '87 for 10th in program history with 105 career tallies.
Great Start
Rookie Alexis Nicolia has scored eight goals and recorded nine points in her first two collegiate games. Nicolia tallied five goals and added an assist at Stanford Feb. 24, and scored a hat trick at Cornell March 2.
 
Rank and File
Harvard ranks 18th in the nation with 14.5 draw controls per game, while freshman Alexis Nicolia is seventh with 4.0 goals per contest.
 
In the Ivy League, the Crimson stands third with 12.50 goals per game and is second with 6.50 assists per contest. Nicolia is tied for second with 4.00 goals per game, while goalie Annie Meyjes leads the conference with 8.50 saves per contest.
 
Catch the Crimson in 2013
All three of Harvard's home games this season (March 9 vs. Penn, March 23 vs. Yale and April 20 vs. Columbia) will be streamed on GoCrimson.com. Each game is $9.95 per game.
 
To Be the Best, You Have to Beat the Best
Harvard has knocked off at least one top 20 opponent in each of the last four seasons, and will have plenty of opportunities to do in 2013. Five of the Crimson's opponents this season are currently ranked in either the IWLCA Coaches Poll or the deBeer Media Poll, including Cornell (14/arv), Penn (20/19), Northwestern (5/4), Boston College (-/20) and Dartmouth (13/13).
 
Captaining the Ship
Senior Micaela Cyr was voted by her teammates as captain for the 2013 season. This marks the first time since 1987 that the Crimson has been led by one captain.
 
Historical Perspective
Harvard captured the program's first national championship in 1990 when it defeated Maryland, 8-7. The Crimson won four games that season by a single goal en route to a 15-0 record, with Jenny Walser '90 scoring the game winner in three of those four games, including the national title game. Four-year letterwinners Carroll Clark '90, Karen Everling '90, Julie French '90, and Walser graduated with a career record of 50-8-1, including a perfect 23-0 mark in the Ivy League.
 
The Crimson has made a total of nine NCAA Tournament appearances and has reached the national championship game three times. Harvard has also won 11 Ivy League Championships, tied with Dartmouth for the most in conference history.

Scouting the Quakers
Maddie Poplawski (3-1-4) and Iris Williamson (3-0-3) are tied for the team lead in goals for Penn. The Quakers have been outscored, 22-13, in two games but have the edge in free-position goals, 6-2. 

Goalie Lucy Ferguson has made starts in the first two games, stopping nine shots, while posting an 11.02 goals-against average and .300 save percentage. Penn has successfully cleared the ball 16-of-22 attempts (.727) and has picked up 31 ground balls, with Ferguson collecting a team-high five.

Up Next

Harvard will head back on the road to visit No. 4/4 Northwestern Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. EST.