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Women's Lacrosse Set for Road Contests at Holy Cross, No. 13 Princeton

Senior Nina Kucharczyk and the Crimson face the Crusaders Wednesday evening (Ted Keating).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's lacrosse team will compete in two road games this week. First the Crimson will visit Holy Cross Wednesday evening before traveling to Princeton Saturday afternoon.

Follow From Home
GoHolyCross.com and GoPrincetonTigers.com will provide live stats and video links.

A Look at the Schedule
The Crimson will travel to Worcester, Mass., Monday, April 10 for a non-conference battle against Holy Cross at 7 p.m at Holy Cross Field before returning to Ivy League action at No. 13 Princeton, Saturday, April 13. Open draw at Gsherrerd Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Last Time Out
The Harvard women's lacrosse team rallied from a three-goal deficit to take a second-half lead, but Brown scored nine of the final 12 goals to pull away to a 15-9 win Saturday at Stevenson Field.

Alexis Nicolia netted four goals for Harvard, including two in a halftime-spanning, four-goal spurt that lifted the Crimson from a  6-3 deficit to a 7-6 lead. The Bears responded with a four-goal run of their own. Nicolia's fourth tally got Harvard back within two at 10-8, but Brown held a 5-1 edge over the last 15 minutes.

Brown's Lindsay Minges scored the tying goal, one of her four in the game. Five different players joined Nicolia as Crimson goal-scorers, with Audrey Todd adding a pair of assists. Jenn Hatfield made eight saves for Harvard after entering the game facing a 3-1 deficit.

Scouting the Crusaders
Holy Cross fell at No. 16 Navy by a score of 15-5 on Saturday, April 6 to drop to 5-8 on the year. Sara Hennessey scored two goals to pace the Crusaders while a trio of players netted a goal as well.

Hennessey registered a team-high 34 points for Holy Cross with 29 goals and five assists. Taylor Aebrowski (23g, 8a) and Laura Ryan (24g, 4a) have contributed 31 points and 28 points, respectively.

Ryan has won the bulk of draw controls (32). Corinne Caracausa and Maddie Carrellas have collected 24 ground balls and 23 ground balls, respectively, with Carrellas 15 caused turnovers also leading the team.

The Crusaders have averaged 9.85 goals per game while allowing opponents to score at a rate of 13.23 goals per contest. Holy Cross has been successful on 28-on-74 free position attempt opportunities and has been successful on 79.1 percent of its clears.

Sarah Weber has started all 13 games in goal and sports a 13.71 goals against average to go along with a save percentage of 36.2.

All-Time Series
Harvard is undefeated in eight meetings all-time against Holy Cross since the series began in 1975. The Crimson defeated the Crusaders 10-4 in Cambridge last season.

Scouting the Tigers
Princeton enters Saturday afternoon's contest ranked 13th in the deBeer Media Poll. The Tigers have won four straight games to improve to 7-3 overall, and carry an unblemished 4-0 record in Ivy League play into Saturday's contest.

Erin McMunn leads 11 Tigers who have registered a point this season with 45 to rank second in Ancient Eight. The sophomore leads the Ivy League with 19 handouts and sits sixth with 26 goals. Alexandra Bruno (20g, 2a) and Sarah Lloyd (9g, 13a) are tied for second on the team with 22 points each.

Caroline Franke and Annie Woehling defend the pipes for Princeton. Franke has seen the bulk of the action to sport a 9.28 goals-against average and 44.7 save percentage while Woehling turned away 32.6 percent of opponents attempts and boasts a 9.64 goals-against mark.

Prior to Saturday's contest the Tigers will travel to Maryland on Wednesday, April 10.

All-Time Series
Harvard won three of the last four meetings with Princeton including a 10-7 victory last season on April 14, 2012, but trails the Tigers, 24-18, entering the 43rd installment in the all-time series that began in 1975.

Up Next
Harvard will finish its six-game road trip with a visit to local rival, Boston College, Wednesday, April 17. First draw is set for 4 p.m. at Newton Campus Lacrosse Field.

Leading the Crimson
Captain Micaela Cyr leads Harvard by example, having posted team highs of 22 goals, 10 assists, 32 points, and 22 ground balls. She sits eighth in the Ancient Eight this season in points (32), tied for eighth in assists (10) and 11th in goals (22). The senior has netted at least two goals in each game and is averaging an assist per contest.   

Freshman Audrey Todd (16g, 6a) is second on the team in scoring. Classmate Alexis Nicolia (18g, 2a) and senior Danielle Tetreault (15g, 3a) round out the double figure scorers. 

On the defensive side, senior Mariel Jenkins has caused a team-high eight turnovers. Tetreault has excelled statistically across the board, controlling 21 draws and picking up 14 ground balls to go with her 18 points. Junior Kyleigh Keating paces the team in draw controls with 32.

Melanie Cook, Jenn Hatfield, and Annie Meyjes have each seen action defending the pipes for the Crimson. Cook stopped 37.0 percent of opponent's while Meyjes turned away 35.7 percent of the oppositions attempts. Hatfield, who made eight saves for the Crimson against Brown after entering the game with a 3-1 deficit, boasts a 38.1 save percentage and 11.25 goals-against average.

Streaking
Senior Micaela Cyr has registered a point in each of Harvard's contest this season to post a nine-game point streak, the longest of her career. The captain has accounted for a team-best 32 points on 22 goals and ten assists.

High Five
Senior Micaela Cyr and freshman Alexis Nicolia each posted five-goal games this season. Nicolia reached the feat in her first collegiate game at Stanford Feb. 24, marking the most goals scored by a Crimson student-athlete since junior Jennifer VanderMeulen netted six on April 7, 2012. Four games later Cyr matched her career-high with five tallies against Marquette March 19.

Man Down
Junior Kyleigh Keating registered a shorthanded goal against Yale March 23 to be the first Crimson to do so since classmate Jennifer VanderMeulen accomplished the feat on a free position shot against Penn March 10, 2012.

Climbing the Charts
At Brown April 6, Danielle Tetreault recorded a goal to tie Kelly McBridge '87 for tenth in program history with 105 career tallies. The senior is six goals shy of tying Sarah Winters '95 for ninth in Crimson history with 111 goals.

Great Start
Rookies Alexis Nicolia and Audrey Todd have made an impact this season. The duo accounts for 34 of the Crimson's goals and record half of Harvard's 11 hat tricks this season. Todd sits second on the squad in scoring with 16 goals and six assists while her Nicolia posted 20 points on 18 goals and two handouts to rank third.

Take Your Hats off
Harvard has notched 11 hat tricks this season with Micaela Cyr, Alexis Nicolia, and Audrey Todd contributing three, three-goal games apiece. Danielle Tetreault leads all active crimson with 13 hat tricks in her career.

Name                                                  2013 Hat Tricks                                 Career Hat Tricks
Micaela Cyr                                          3                                                              10
Alexis Nicolia                                       3                                                              3
Danielle Tetreault                               2                                                              13
Audrey Todd                                        3                                                              3
Jennifer VanderMeulen                      --                                                             25
 
All-Around Excellence
Harvard held advantages of 35-9 in shots, 17-10 in ground balls and 16-7 in draw controls against Marquette March 19, allowing just four shots in the first half and five in the second. The Crimson won 11 of 14 first-half draw control and was successful on all 11 of its clear attempts during the game.

The four goals allowed marked Harvard's lowest total surrendered since a 10-3 win at Columbia late last season. The Crimson limited 12 of its 16 opponents in 2011-12 to single-digit goal totals.

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 so 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.