Audrey Todd and the Crimson look to improve on their 2-3 non-conference record (Ted Keating).
The Harvard women's lacrosse team continues its three-game homestand by welcoming Vanderbilt to Harvard Stadium.
The Crimson heads into the week looking to move back over .500, as Harvard sits at 4-4 overall. The Commodores stand at 4-6 this spring.
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.
Last Time Out
Against No. 4 Boston College, Marisa Romeo notched four goals, while Sophia Capone and Audrey Todd each netted two scores, but the Crimson slipped at home by a score of 13-9 March 26. Todd also paced the Crimson with four ground balls and two draw controls, while Capone finished with a career-high three points.
Good To Be Home
Harvard, which has five home games remaining, owns a 2-1 record at home, but is 2-3 on the road. In the Crimson's home games, Harvard is averaging 11.3 goals per contest, compared to 9.40 tallies per game on the road.
Marisa Romeo has scored 10 goals and has amassed 11 points in the three home contests, while Kelly Weis is allowing only 8.67 goals per game. She also owns a .544 save percentage in contests played in Cambridge.
Around The Ivy League
Midway through the season, Harvard is in a second-place tie in the Ancient Eight standings. The Crimson is 2-1 in league play and is tied with Brown, Princeton and Dartmouth, while Penn is alone in first at 2-0.
Following the regular season, the top four teams in the standings will advance to the Ivy League tournament, hosted at the home site of the regular season champion May 2-4.
Hat Trick Heroes
Marisa Romeo has scored at least three goals in six of eight games, while Megan Hennessey has two hat tricks, Maeve McMahon and Alexis Nicolia each have one game with three tallies to their credit this season.
Scouting The Crimson
Maria Romeo has accumulated 30 points on 26 goals, including 13 scores on free-position shots, and four assists, while Megan Hennessey ranks second on the squad with 13 goals and 19 points. Alexis Nicolia (11-2-13) and Audrey Todd (8-2-10) have also amassed double digits in scoring.
In net, Kelly Weis has recorded 73 saves and has a 10.13 goals-against average and .474 save percentage. Harvard has both scored and allowed 81 goals and has a slight edge in ground balls, 125-124, while opponents have the advantage in draw controls, 105-73.
Scouting The Commodores
With 35 points on 15 goals and 20 assists, Mallory Schonk is Vanderbilt's leading scorer. Kelly Chandler (25-4-29), Abby Wheeler (22-5-27) and Jill Doherty (10-10-20) have also been scoring threats for the Commodores. Maddie Kratz has seen most of the minutes in net, going 2-6 with a 13.24 goals-against mark, while making 57 saves.
Vanderbilt is 1-1 against common opponents with Harvard. The Commodores topped Stanford, 16-15, in overtime, but fell to Penn, 11-10.
Harvard and Vanderbilt have met twice, with the Commodores taking both meetings. The Crimson fell to Vanderbilt, 7-6, in 1997 and 15-11 last year.
The Crimson will host Brown at Harvard Stadium Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m., before visiting Holy Cross Wednesday, April 9 at 4:30 p.m.