Harvard Women's Lacrosse Set to Open 2014 at No. 14 Stanford, St. Mary's
Harvard at No. 14 Stanford
The Harvard women's lacrosse team will open its 40th season of play Saturday, Feb. 22, as the Crimson travels west to face No. 14 Stanford at 4 p.m. EST. The Crimson will remain on the west coast to play at St. Mary's Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. EST.
Harvard is coming off a 3-11 campaign, while the Cardinal sits at 1-0 this season after defeating Ohio State, 11-9, Feb. 15. St. Mary's opens its season against California Feb. 20.
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Live video and live statistics will be available for both games on opening weekend.
Sophomore midfielder Audrey Todd earned All-Ivy League second-team honors as a rookie in 2013 and returns for her second season in Cambridge. Todd played in all 14 games and ranked second on the Crimson with 25 goals and 34 points.
Previewing What's To Come
Head coach Lisa Miller recently sat down with GoCrimson.com to discuss the team's upcoming 2014 season.
Harvard has welcomed back 15 members from last year's squad that posted a 3-11 overall mark and 2-5 conference record. Three of the Crimson's top five point scorers return from last year's team, including Audrey Todd (25-9-34), Alexis Nicolia (23-2-25) and Kyleigh Keating (16-7-23).
Keating led Harvard with 53 draw controls, while Todd was third on the team with 15 ground balls to her credit.
Hat Trick Heroes
Last season, Audrey Todd recorded five hat tricks, while fellow rookie Alexis Nicolia netted three or more goals in three contests.
Rank and File
Harvard finished its 2013 campaign ranked 17th in the nation with 13.57 draw controls per game. Individually, Kyleigh Keating stood 28th with 3.79 draw controls per contest.
To Be the Best, You Have to Beat the Best
Harvard will play five teams currently ranked in the IWLCA or Brine Division I Women's Media national polls. The Crimson will take on No. 14/18 Stanford Feb. 22, No. 16/17 Penn March 8, No. 2/3 Syracuse March 18, No. 13/10 Boston College March 26 and No. 17/16 Princeton April 12.
Captaining the Ship
Seniors Kyleigh Keating and Chelsey Newman were voted by her teammates as captains for the 2014 season.
ESPN3 Coverage of Harvard Lacrosse
Six of Harvard's home games will be broadcast live on ESPN3 this season. In addition to the games being available on the Ivy League Digital Network, fans can watch the Crimson take on Boston College (March 26), Vanderbilt (April 2), Brown (April 5), Princeton (April 12) and Dartmouth (April 25) on ESPN3.
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.
Harvard and Stanford have met six times, with the series tied, 3-3. The Crimson won the first meeting, 21-2, in 1995, but the Cardinal have taken three of the last four contests, including an 18-13 victory in Palo Alto, Calif., last spring.
The Crimson leads the all-time series against the Gaels, 1-0, after topping St. Mary's, 14-13, in 2006.
Scouting the Cardinal
In Stanford's 11-9 season opening win against Ohio State, Rachel Ozer tallied four goals on six shots, while goalie Lyndsey Munoz recorded six saves in the victory. The Cardinal outshot the Buckeyes, 24-18, and enjoyed the edge in ground balls, 21-10. Stanford was also 2-of-3 on free-position shots and was successful on 9-of-11 clear attempts.
Scouting the Gaels
St. Mary's is coming off a 4-9 season in 2013, with four of those victories coming at home in Moraga, Calif.
Key returners for St. Mary's include Rachel Minarovich, who had 45 draw controls, and Jaclyn Biggers, who notched 19 goals.
The Crimson will host Cornell in its home and Ivy League opener Saturday, March 1. The game, which will be played at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.