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Harvard Women's Lacrosse Begins Ivy Play at No. 15 Cornell Saturday

Lauren Tomkinson had three draw controls at Stanford Feb. 24 (Kevin Burns).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's lacrosse team opens Ivy League play by visiting No. 15 Cornell Saturday, March 3 for a noon contest. The Crimson sits at 0-1 on the year, while the Big Red is 1-0.

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Last Time Out
Alexis Nicolia tallied five goals and added an assist for six points, and Kyleigh Keating and Micaela Cyr each scored two goals and had two assists, but the Crimson fell on the road at Stanford, 18-13, Feb. 24. Annie Meyjes recorded 14 saves and collected three ground balls in her debut in net.

Stanford outshot Harvard, 35-20, and owned an advantage in ground balls, 17-13, and draw controls, 21-12.

Catch the Crimson in 2013
All three of Harvard's home games this season (March 9 vs. Penn, March 23 vs. Yale and April 20 vs. Columbia) will be streamed on GoCrimson.com. Each game is $9.95 per game.

Ivy League Honors
Alexis Nicolia and Annie Meyjes were each named to the Ivy League honor roll Feb. 25 after turning in strong performances at Stanford Feb. 24.

National Prominence
The Crimson is currently receiving votes in the deBeer Media Poll and was listed as receiving votes in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Coaches Poll this week. Harvard was No. 17 in last week's deBeer Media Poll.

Climbing the Charts
Senior Danielle Tetreault has scored 91 goals in her career. She is 14 goals shy of tying Kelly McBridge '87 for 10th in program history with 105 career tallies.

Rank and File
Harvard finished its 2012 ranked fourth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 7.81 goals per contest last season. Senior Micaela Cyr was 38th in the country in ground balls, picking up 2.38 per game. As a team, the Crimson was 41st in ground balls (15.75 per game).

To Be the Best, You Have to Beat the Best
Harvard has knocked off at least one top 20 opponent in each of the last four seasons, and will have plenty of opportunities to do in 2013. Five of the Crimson's opponents this season are currently ranked in either the IWLCA Preseason Coaches Poll or the deBeer Media Poll, including Cornell (15/arv), Penn (18/17), Northwestern (5/4), Boston College (arv/15) and Dartmouth (12/13).

Welcome Back
Harvard has welcomed back 16 members from last year's squad that posted a 9-7 overall mark and 5-2 conference record. Five of the Crimson's top six point scorers return from last year's team, including Danielle Tetreault (28-4-32), Jennifer VanderMeulen (26-5-31), Micaela Cyr (17-2-19), Chelsey Newman (8-4-12) and Kyleigh Keating (7-4-11). Tetreault was tabbed to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America team.

Cyr led Harvard with 38 ground balls last season, while Tetreault paced the team with 32 draw controls.

Captaining the Ship
Senior Micaela Cyr was voted by her teammates as captain for the 2013 season. This marks the first time since 1987 that the Crimson has been led by one captain.

Historical Perspective
Harvard captured the program's first national championship in 1990 when it defeated Maryland, 8-7. The Crimson won four games that season by a single goal en route to a 15-0 record, with Jenny Walser '90 scoring the game winner in three of those four games, including the national title game. Four-year letterwinners Carroll Clark '90, Karen Everling '90, Julie French '90, and Walser graduated with a career record of 50-8-1, including a perfect 23-0 mark in the Ivy League.

The Crimson has made a total of nine NCAA Tournament appearances and has reached the national championship game three times. Harvard has also won 11 Ivy League Championships, tied with Dartmouth for the most in conference history.

Scouting the Big Red
No. 15 Cornell began is 2013 season by defeating Canisius on the road, 16-10, Feb. 23. Lindsay Toppe had a seven-point effort, scoring four times and adding three assists, and Caroline Salisbury also netted four goals for the Big Red. In net, Courtney Gallagher made eight stops, while Ivory Kate picked up five ground balls.

The Big Red outshot Canisius, 27-20, and had an edge in draw controls, 18-10. Cornell was 10-of-14 on clear attempts and had seven free-position shots.

Up Next
Harvard will host Penn in the Crimson's home opener Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m.