The Harvard women's lacrosse team (2-1, 1-0 Ivy) will continue its home-heavy stretch of games this weekend, welcoming Siena and Ohio State to Cambridge, Saturday and Monday, respectively. Both games will start at 3 p.m. and will be available on the Ivy League Digital Network.
NOTE: Saturday's game vs. Siena will be played in the Harvard Stadium Bubble and be closed to the public. Monday vs. Ohio State will be played at Jordan Field.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. The ILDN is also available on Apple TV and Roku. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all three platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.
Last Time Out
Facing archrival Yale in the Harvard Stadium Bubble, the Crimson jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead in the first 13:10 of the game and then outlasted Yale's comeback efforts for the 14-13 victory last Saturday. Marisa Romeo and Julia Glynn led the Crimson offense with seven and five points, respectively, while the defense forced Yale into 18 turnovers during the game.
Marisa Romeo's five-goal, two-assist effort in the win over Yale le her to receiving Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Ivy League. The seven points matched her career-high. She scored four times in the opening half against the Bulldogs and then scored the would-be game-winner with 5:47 left.
The Crimson defense has been a smothering force through the first three games of the year. Entering the weekend, Harvard is averaging 11.67 caused turnovers per game, the best ranking in the Ivy League and 13th-best in NCAA Division I. Harvard also ranks 13th nationally in ground balls per game at 22.33.
Individually, Megan Hennessey leads the Crimson in each of those categories and also ranks among the nation's elite. She is averaging 2.33 caused turnovers to rank third in the Ivy and 19th nationally, while her 4.0 ground balls is tops in the Ancient Eight and sixth among all of Division I lacrosse.
Count Another One
Midfielder Keeley MacAfee and attacker Marisa Romeo are second and third in the Ivy League in goals per game. MacAfee has stormed out of the gates for 11 goals and a 3.67 per game mark, the 11th-best nationally. Romeo's five-goal performance against Yale gives her 10 for the year and a 3.33 per game average, 24th-best in the country.
Maeve McMahon's behind-the-head goal versus Yale was selected to the Harvard Top-Five Plays this week.
The Saints started the year 0-3 with losses to Winthrop, Davidson and Colgate, before notching their first win of the year in its last game March 1 versus Vermont, 12-10. Last season, Siena posted a 7-10 record and a 2-6 mark in MAAC games.
Siena is averaging 9.25 goals per game, while allowing an average of 12.75. Senior Michelle Schwartz leads the team with 10 points on six goals and four helpers. Freshman Julia Sardella has a team-high seven goals. Sophomore Sammy Horton has played every minute in net for the Saints, registering a .446 save mark.
Saturday will be the first-ever meeting between Harvard and Sienna.
Scouting Ohio State
The Buckeyes sport a 5-2 record heading into a trip through Massachusetts that includes a stop in Worcester for a game against Holy Cross Saturday before its matchup against Harvard Monday. Ohio State dropped its last game at No. 8 Notre Dame, 16-13, after securing wins over California and Duquesne.
Freshman Liza Hernandez leads the Buckeyes with 20 goals and 13 assists. Junior Molly Wood has also tallied 18 goals and has corralled 31 draw controls. Rookie Jill Rizzo has manned the goal this season, recording a .482 save percentage and 11.23 GAA.
Monday will be the first-ever meeting between Harvard and Ohio State.
Climbing the Record Books
Senior Marisa Romeo continued her ascension up the Harvard record books this season.
4th – Kaitlin Martin '09 - 139
5th – Jennifer VanderMeulen '13 - 130
6th – Charlotte Joslin '90 – 125
7th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 124
T5th – Kate Felsen '88 - 175
T5th – Charlotte Joslin '90 – 175
7th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 168
Nine freshmen join the Crimson this season. Joining Harvard's attack are Kristin Burnetta, Isabella Di Pietro, Julia DiNovi and Hannah Keating. Uniting with the midfield are Sara Cami, Jackie Cuccurullo, Bridget Flynn and Katie Muldoon, and the lone rookie defender is Tate Green.
The Crimson will split up its six-game homestand with a trip to Winter Park, Florida where it will take on No. 4 Syracuse March 18. Harvard then returns home to face Massachusetts, Columbia and Stanford.