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Women's Lacrosse Closes Non-Conference Slate at No. 15 Boston College Wednesday

Kyleigh Keating and the Crimson will face the Eagles Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Newton, Mass. (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's lacrosse team completes its six-game road stretch at local rival No. 15 Boston College Wednesday, April 17. Open draw is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Newton Campus Lacrosse Field.

Follow From Home
BCEagles.com will provide live stats.

Last Time Out
Micaela Cyr netted a hat trick and dished out an assist for four points, while Danielle Tetreault recorded three points on two goals and an assist, but the Harvard women's lacrosse team could not complete its comeback attempt at No. 13/16 Princeton, falling, 11-9, Saturday afternoon.

Harvard goalie Melanie Cook recorded four saves, while her counterpart, Princeton's Caroline Franke, turned away 10 Crimson shots. Harvard owned an advantage in draw controls, 15-7, and shots, 22-21. The Crimson was also perfect on clear attempts, going 6-6. Kyleigh Keating paced Harvard with five draw controls, while Tetreault added four and Alexis Nicolia had three.

Scouting the Eagles
Following a 15-12 triumph at Brown Saturday, Boston College (9-6) enters Wednesday's contest on a five-game winning streak.

Covie Stanwick paces the Eagles offense with6 64 points on 45 goals and 19 assists. Mikaela Rix who is second on the team in points with 41 (36g, 5a) has won a team-best 53 draws and picked up a team-high 24 ground balls.

As a team BC holds advantages over its opponents in draw controls, 206-157, and ground balls, 183-170. The Eagles have successfully cleared 148-of-178 attempts for a 83.1 percentage.

Emily Mata has seen all the action in between the pipes for Boston College. She sports a 34.5 save percentage and boasts a 11.19 goals-against average.

All-Time Series
Harvard and Boston College have met every season since the series began in 1979 with the Crimson holding a 27-7 series advantage.

Leading the Crimson
Captain Micaela Cyr leads Harvard by example, having posted team highs of 26 goals, 11 assists, 37 points, and 26 ground balls. She sits seventh in the Ancient Eight this season in points (37), ninth in goals (26) and assists (11) and tied for seventh in ground balls (26). The senior averages two goals and an assist per contest.

Second on the team in scoring is freshman Audrey Todd who recorded 18 goals and eight assists while her classmate Alexis Nicolia is third on the squad with 21 tallies and two handouts. Senior Danielle Tetreault (17g, 4a) rounds out the quartet of 20-plus point scorers with 21.

On the defensive side, senior Mariel Jenkins has caused a team-high nine turnovers while junior Kyleigh Keating has won a team-best 40 draw controls. Tetreault has excelled statistically across the board, controlling 25 draws and picking up 14 ground balls to go along with her 21 points.

Each of the Crimson's goalies have seen action in net for Harvard. Melanie Cook has stopped 34.2 percent of the opponent's attempts while Annie Meyjes turned away 35.7 percent of the oppositions shots. Jenn Hatfield boasts a 31.4 save percentage and 12.13 goals-against average.

Up Next
The Crimson will conclude its regular season home schedule on Saturday, April 27 at Harvard Stadium against Columbia at 1 p.m. Prior to the contest Harvard will celebrate the accomplishments of this season's six graduating seniors: Melanie Cook, Micaela Cyr, Mariel Jenkins, Nina Kucharczyk, Danielle Tetreault and Jennifer VanderMeulen.

Streaking
Senior Micaela Cyr has registered a point in each of Harvard's contests this season to post an 11-game point streak, the longest of her career. The captain has accounted for a team-best 37 points on 26 goals and 11 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 Princeton April 13, Danielle Tetreault took sole possession of tenth in program history with 107 career tallies. The senior is now four goals shy of tying Sarah Winters '95 for ninth in Crimson history with 111 goals.

Rookies Contribute
Freshman Alexis Nicolia and Audrey Todd have made an impact this season. The duo accounts for 39 of the Crimson's goals and record half of Harvard's 13 hat tricks this season. Todd sits second on the squad in scoring with 18 goals and eight assists while Nicolia posted 23 points on 21 goals and two handouts to rank third.

Take Your Hats Off
Harvard has notched 13 hat tricks this season with Micaela Cyr, leading the way with four, three-goal games. Danielle Tetreault leads all active Crimson with 13 hat tricks in her career.

Name                                               2013 Hat Tricks                                 Career Hat Tricks
Micaela Cyr                                          4                                                              11
Nina Kucharczyk                                         1                                                           1
Alexis Nicolia                                       3                                                              3
Danielle Tetreault                                     2                                                              13
Aubrey Todd                                        3                                                              3
Jennifer VanderMeulen                      --                                                             25

That's a First
Nina Kucharczyk paced the Crimson's offense at Holy Cross April 10, as the senior registered her career-first hat trick with a career-high four goals.
 
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.