Women's Lacrosse Looks to Continue Winning Ways at No. 15/17 Penn Saturday
Marisa Romeo leads the Crimson with nine goals and 12 points (Ted Keating).
Winner of two straight games, the Harvard women's lacrosse team looks to continue its strong play at No. 15/17 Penn Saturday afternoon. The Crimson sits at 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the Ivy League after topping Cornell, 10-7, in Harvard's home opener March 1. Harvard sits in a first-place tie with Brown (1-0) and Yale (1-0).
The Quakers have yet to play an Ancient Eight game and are 1-1 on the spring.
Ivy League Digital Network
For the first time ever, all of Harvard's home games and road Ivy League contests will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch games both live and On-Demand from their computers, tablets or smart phones, and will have access to live and On-Demand content for all Harvard events throughout the duration of their subscription.
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.
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Last Time Out
Maeve McMahon recorded the first hat trick of her career, scoring twice in the second half, as the Crimson held off Cornell, 10-7, at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium March 1. Marisa Romeo (2-1-3) and Audrey Todd (2-1-3) both finished with three points, while Alexis Nicolia also tallied two goals in the win. Kelly Weis made nine saves and posted the highest single-game save percentage of her career (.563).
The Crimson outshot the Big Red, 26-25, while Cornell led in ground balls, 15-14, and draw controls, 11-8.
Rank And File
Through three games, Harvard ranks 14th nationally in caused turnovers with 11.3 per game. Individually, freshman Marina Burke stands 11th the country with 2.7 caused turnovers per contest. Goalie Kelly Weis is 19th with 3.3 ground balls per game and 29th with 8.3 saves each time out.
Scouting The Crimson
Rookies Marisa Romeo (9-3-12) and Megan Hennessey (6-4-10) pace Harvard in points, followed by sophomore Alexis Nicolia (7-0-7) and freshman Maeve McMahon (6-0-6). Hennessey also leads the team with seven draw controls, while classmate Marina Burke has eight caused turnovers, a team-best.
Kelly Weis has played every minute in net and has made 25 saves to go along with a 9.35 goals-against average and .472 save percentage.
Harvard is outscoring teams, 38-28, overall and holds and advantage in ground balls, 47-42, caused turnovers, 34-24, and shots, 94-76.
Scouting The Quakers
Penn is 1-1 on the year after topping Delaware, 11-8, Feb. 22, and falling at No. 1 North Carolina, 13-8, March 2. Against the Tar Heels, Tory Benson scored three times and goalie Lucy Ferguson turned aside 10 shots, but UNC outscored Penn, 7-2, in the second half to pull away.
On the year, Benson leads the team with eight points (8-0-8), going 4-of-4 on free-position shots. Lely DeSimone (4-0-4), Iris Williamson (2-1-3) and Nina Corcoran (2-1-3) have also scored multiple goals this spring.
Ferguson has stopped 16 shots in net and is allowing 10.50 goals per game.
Penn leads the all-time series, 23-18, and has won 14 straight against the Crimson dating back to 2001. Harvard is 8-12 against the Quakers in Philadelphia.
Hat Trick Heroes
Marisa Romeo has scored at least three goals in two games, while Megan Hennessey, Maeve McMahon and Alexis Nicolia each have one hat trick to their credit this season.
After amassing nine points on six goals and three assists in her first two collegiate games, rookie attacker Megan Hennessey was tabbed the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week. In addition to her six points against Saint Mary's, Hennessey had four draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers. She also scored a goal and dished out two assists against Stanford Feb. 22.
To Be the Best, You Have to Beat the Best
Harvard will play four more teams currently ranked in the IWLCA or Brine Division I Women's Media national polls. The Crimson will take on No. 15/17 Penn March 8, No. 2/3 Syracuse March 18, No. 7/7 Boston College March 26 and No. 16/19 Princeton April 12.
Captaining the Ship
Seniors Kyleigh Keating and Chelsey Newman were voted by her teammates as captains for the 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.
The Crimson will return home to face Marquette in a non-conference game Saturday, March 15. The game will be played at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium at noon.
Last season, Harvard topped the Golden Eagles, 18-4, in Milwaukee, Wisc.