Women’s Lacrosse Looks to Bolster Ivy Tournament Chances at Columbia Saturday
Harvard at Columbia
The Crimson can take a step toward clinching a spot in the Ivy League tournament with a win on Saturday (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard women's lacrosse team visits Columbia Saturday, April 19 for the final road contest of the season. The Crimson stands at 8-5 overall and is tied for third in the Ivy League with a 3-2 mark, while the Lions are 3-8 overall and 0-5 in conference play.
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.
With two conference games left to play, Harvard is in a tie for third place with Cornell (3-2). The Crimson trails Princeton (5-1) and Penn (3-1). Harvard will conclude it Ivy schedule by visiting Columbia April 19 and hosting Dartmouth April 25.
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.
Scouting the Crimson
Marisa Romeo leads the Ivy League with 3.23 goals per game and is tied for fourth with 3.69 points per contest.
Second on the team in scoring is sophomore Audrey Too who has recorded 23 goals and six helpers while her classmate Alexis Nicolia is third on the squad with 18 tallies and eight handouts. Freshman Megan Hennessey rounds out the quartet of 20-plus point Crimson with 17 goals and 7 assists.
Kelly Weiss has made 110 saves inside the cage to boast a conference best save percentage of .480. The sophomore netminder holds a 9.34 goals against average, which is good for fifth in the Ivy League. Marina Burke paces the Crimson with a16 caused turnovers, while Tory Waldstein has 14 takeaways.
Scouting the Lions
Columbia enters play Saturday with a 3-8 overall record and 0-5 mark in the Ancient Eight. The Lions have lost three straight, including an 18-4 defeat to No. 18 Albany Wednesday night.
Paige Cuscovitch leads the Lions with 29 points (26g, 3a). The senior has also been a force on the defensive side of the field, collecting 25 ground balls, 11 draw controls and forcing 15 turnovers.
Taylor Quinn (16g, 2a) and Ashley Rinere (14g, 4a) have each contributed 18 points to rank second on the squad while Jessie Ambrose (13g, 4a) and Kate Murphy (9g, 8a) have also chipped in double-digit points with 17, respectively. Quinn has added a team-best 38 ground balls and 41 draw controls while Lexi Mazur boasts a team-high 16 caused turnovers.
Colleen Packer has guarded the net for Columbia this season and sports a 10.36 goals against average and a 34.1 save percentage.
Harvard looks to go for its fifth straight win over Columbia in the 17th all-time meeting with the Lions. The Crimson won the first seven contests in the series and took seven the last eight games over the Lions to hold a 14-2 advantage in the series that began in 1998.
Last Time Out
Audrey Todd scored a career-high four goals and had a career best six points, while goalie Kelly Weiss made seven saves as Harvard topped local rival Boston University, 11-6, at Harvard Stadium Wednesday evening.
Marisa Romeo tacked on a hat trick, while Alexis Nicolia had three draw controls and two points for the Crimson. Harvard, which clinches a winning record for the regular season, owned the edge in ground balls, 14-11, and draw controls, 10-9 against the Terriers.
Tory Waldstein paced the Crimson with five ground balls, as Harvard held BU to only two goals in the second half.
Related Link: Todd's Six Points Lead Women's Lacrosse Past BU, 11-6
Hat Trick Heroes
Marisa Romeo has scored at least three goals in nine of 13 games, while Audrey Todd has netted four hat tricks this season. Megan Hennessey and Alexis Nicolia each have two games with three tallies while Maeva McMahon has one game with three goals to her credit this season.
Harvard's top four scorers on the season are either freshmen or sophomores. Rookie Marisa Romeo, continues to lead Harvard on offense with 42 goals and 48 points. Sophomores Audrey Todd (23g, 6a), Alexis Nicolia (18g, 8a) and freshman Megan Hennessey (17g, 7a) have all reached the 20-point plateau.
Harvard returns to Cambridge to host Dartmouth on Senior Night Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m.