Women's Lacrosse Returns Home to Host Marquette in a Saturday Matinee
Marina Burke has caused eight turnovers this spring (Ted Keating).
After splitting its first two Ivy League games, the Harvard women's lacrosse team will head back home to host Marquette in a non-conference contest at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.
The Crimson enters the weekend with a 2-2 overall mark, while the Golden Eagles, who host Coastal Carolina Wednesday, stand at 2-3.
Last Time Out
In Harvard's 9-4 setback at Penn last weekend, Marisa Romeo scored all four Harvard goals, including two on free-position shots. Goalie Kelly Weis recorded five saves, while Tory Waldstein paced the Crimson with four ground balls in a losing effort.
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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Defense Stepping Up
In the last 90 minutes of action since halftime of the 10-7 win over Cornell March 1, the Crimson has only allowed 10 goals. In the previous 150 minutes, Harvard surrendered 23 tallies by opponents.
Around The Ivy League
Harvard currently sits in a fourth-place tie with Cornell in the Ivy League standings with a 1-1 conference mark. The top four teams in the standings at the end of the season will advance to the annual Ivy League tournament, held at the highest seed's home field May 2-4.
Harvard made it to the Ivy final in 2011 and the semifinal round in 2012.
Harvard's top five point scorers on the season are either freshmen or sophomores. Rookies Marisa Romeo (13-3-16) and Megan Hennessey (6-4-10) have both reached the 10-point plateau, followed by sophomore Alexis Nicolia (7-0-7), freshman Maeve McMahon (6-0-6) and sophomore Audrey Todd (4-1-5).
Scouting The Crimson
Harvard, which is 1-0 in home contests this spring, is outscoring teams, 42-37. The Crimson also owns an edge in ground balls, 65-61, and caused turnovers, 39-32. Opponents have taken 54 of 87 draw controls.
Scouting The Golden Eagles
With seven goals and eight assists, Amanda Bochniak has a team-high 15 points for Marquette. Julianna Sheaer is second with 12 points and first with 10 tallies on the spring. Claire Costanza (8-1-9), Hayley Baas (8-1-9) and Kenzie Brown (7-1-8) have also had the scoring touch this spring.
Sarah Priem has started all five games in net and has made 28 saves to go along with a 14.81 goals-against average and .308 save percentage. Opponents have outscored Marquette, 69-44, including 38-21 in the first half of games.
Harvard and Marquette have only met once previously, an 18-4 win for the Crimson in Milwaukee, Wisc., last spring. Micaela Cyr '13 scored five times and added an assist, while Danielle Tetreault '13 netted four scores and had a helper for a five-point effort in the victory.
To Be the Best, You Have to Beat the Best
Harvard will play two more teams currently ranked in the IWLCA or Brine Division I Women's Media national polls. The Crimson will take on No. 3/3 Syracuse March 18 and No. 5/5 Boston College March 26.
Captaining the Ship
Seniors Kyleigh Keating and Chelsey Newman were voted by her teammates as captains for the 2014 season.
The Crimson will visit No. 3 Syracuse Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. Harvard will then travel to New Haven, Conn., to take on archrival Yale in an Ivy League showdown Saturday, March 22 at 3 p.m.