Harvard Women's Lacrosse Set to Visit BU, Vanderbilt

Harvard Women's Lacrosse Set to Visit BU, Vanderbilt

Harvard looks for its third straight win over Boston Friday night (Craig Cyr). 

The Storyline
Playing for its third consecutive victory, the Harvard women's lacrosse team prepares for two road non-conference matchups against Boston University Friday and Vanderbilt.

Follow From Home
GoTerriers.com and VUCommodores.com will provide live stats and video links.

A Look at the Schedule
Harvard makes the short trip to cross town rival BU on Friday, March 29 for a 7 p.m. open draw at Nickerson Field before traveling south to Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 1. Game time at VU Lacrosse Complex is set for 3 p.m. EST.

Last Time Out
With the score tied 2-2, Harvard netted five unanswered goals over the course of 29:45 en route to its third straight win over Yale, 10-5, on Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium.

The Crimson featured a balanced scoring attack as seven different players recorded a goal in the contest. Senior Micaela Cyr posted her sixth straight game registering a point as the captain led the Crimson with four points on two goals and two assists. Classmate Danielle Tetreault and freshman Alexis Nicolia each found the back of the net twice while senior Mariel Jenkins, juniors Kyleigh Keating and Lauren Tomkinson and freshman Audrey Todd contributed a goal apiece. Senior Melanie Cook recorded six saves in between the pipes for the Crimson.

Scouting the Terriers
Boston looks to snap a a two-game losing streak after falling to UMBC, 7-6, in overtime Saturday afternoon to move to 2-5 on the year.

The Terriers are averaging 9.71 while allowing opponents to score 11.29 goals per contest. Danielle Etrasco leads 13 Boston players who have contributed a point this season with 30 points on 21 goals and nine assists. Elizabeth morse (12g, 3a), Kristen Mogavero (13g), and Jenna Boarman (3g, 7a) round out the Terriers quartet of double-digit scorers.

Etrasco paces the team in draw controls (20) and caused turnovers (11) while Christina Sherdian has grabbed a team-best 19 ground balls.

Sheridan has seen the bulk of the action in net and sports a 10.83 goals against average and a save percentage of 47.7 percent. Kim Elsworth has also been between the pipes and owns a 10.97 goals against mark with a save percentage of 47.3 percent

All-Time Series
In the 23rd installment of the all-time series Harvard looks to go for its third straight win against BU. The Crimson holds a 12-10 advantage in the series that began in 1976.

Scouting the Commodores
Coming off a 15-4 loss to No. 13 Stanford, its lowest offensive output of the season and ninth consecutive defeat on the year,  Vanderbilt (1-10, 0-2 ALC) looks to earn its second win of the season on Monday.

The Commodores are led by Carly Linthicum who has turned in 48 on the season on 37 goals and 11 assists. Mallory Schonk has added 17 goals and seven assists for 24 points while Abby Wheeler has chipped in 18 goals and three assists for 21 points.

Chelsea Pasfield has played all but a single half in goal for the Commodores. The goaltender turned away 104 attempts for a .418 save percentage and 13.06 goals-against average.

Prior to Monday's contest the Commodores will travel to John Hopkins on Saturday, March 30.

All-Time Series
The Crimson and Commodores have only met once on the lacrosse field in program history on April 4, 1997 with Vanderbilt being the victor of the game, 7-6.

Up Next
Harvard will continue its six-game road trip when the Crimson travel to Providence, R.I., for a face-off against Ivy League foe Brown on Saturday, April 6. First draw is set for noon. 

Ivy League Honors
Micaela Cyr was named Ivy League Player of the Week March 25 for her seven goal, three assists effort in a 2-0 week for Harvard.  The captain matched a career-high six points at Marquette March 19 with five goals and an assist and grabbed two ground balls and caused two turnovers in the Crimson's first victory of the season. The senior contributed two goals, two assists, four ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover in Harvard's 10-5 victory over Yale March 23.

Melanie Cook was named to the Ancient Eight honor roll this week as the goalkeeper earned her first victory between the pipes this season with six saves against Yale March 23.

Ivy League Weekly Honors
Alexis Nicolia       Feb. 25   Honorable Mention          
Annie Meyjes       Feb. 25   Honorable Mention          
Micaela Cyr          Mar. 4    Honorable Mention          
Aubrey Todd        Mar. 11  Honorable Mention          
Micaela Cyr          Mar. 18  Honorable Mention          
Micaela Cyr          Mar. 25  Player of the Week            
Melanie Cook      Mar. 25  Honorable Mention           

Leading the Crimson
Captain Micaela Cyr leads Harvard by example, having posted team highs of 16 goals, seven assists, 23 points, 16 ground balls, and 17 draw controls. She sits 10th in the Ancient Eight this season in points (23) and ninth in goals (16). The senior has netted at least two goals in each game and is averaging an assist per contest.  

Freshmen Alexis Nicolia (12g, 1a) and Aubrey Todd (10g, 3a) are tied for second on the team in scoring, while senior Danielle Tetreault (9g, 2a) and junior Kyleigh Keating (5g, 5a) round out the double-digit scorers.

On the defensive side, senior Mariel Jenkins has caused a team-high seven turnovers. Tetreault has excelled statistically across the board, controlling 14 draws and picking up 11 ground balls to go with her 11 points. Todd grabbed a career-high four ground balls against Yale March 23 to tie Tetreault's second-best 11 ground balls.

Annie Meyjes and Melanie Cook have split time in net for the Crimson. Meyjes who saw action in four games has stopped 35.7 percent of opponents' while Cook turned away 40.4 percent of the oppositions attempts to rank fourth in the Ivy League.

All-Around Excellence
Harvard held advantages of 35-9 in shots, 17-10 in ground balls and 16-7 in draw controls against Marquette March 19, allowing just four shots in the first half and five in the second. The Crimson won 11 of 14 first-half draw control and was successful on all 11 of its clear attempts during the game.

The four goals allowed marked Harvard's lowest total surrendered since a 10-3 win at Columbia late last season. The Crimson limited 12 of its 16 opponents in 2011-12 to single-digit goal totals.

Senior Micaela Cyr has registered a point in each of Harvard's contest this season to post a six-game point streak, the longest of her career. The captain has accounted for a team-best 23 points on 16 goals and seven assists to lead the Crimson in all but two contests this year.

High Five
Senior Micaela Cyr and freshman Alexis Nicolia each posted five-goal games this season. Nicolia reached the feat in her first collegiate game at Stanford Feb. 24, marking the most goals scored by a Crimson student-athlete since junior Jennifer VanderMeulen netted six on April 7, 2012. Four games later Cyr matched her career-high with five tallies against Marquette March 19.

Man Down
Junior Kyleigh Keating registered a shorthanded goal against Yale March 23 to be the first Crimson to do so since classmate Jennifer VanderMeulen accomplished the feat on a free position shot against Penn March 10, 2012.

Climbing the Charts
Senior Danielle Tetreault has scored 99 goals in her career. She is six goals shy of tying Kelly McBridge '87 for 10th in program history with 105 career tallies.

Great Start
Rookies Alexis Nicolia and Aubrey Todd have made an impact through their first six collegiate games. The duo is tied for second on the team in scoring with 13 points. Nicola found the back of the net 12 times and handed out and assists while Todd notched 10 goals and three handouts.

Take Your Hats Off
Harvard has notched seven hat tricks this season with Micaela Cyr, Alexis Nicolia and Aubrey Todd lead the way with two apiece. Danielle Tetreault leads all active Crimson with 12 hat tricks in her career.

Name                                               2013 Hat Tricks                                 Career Hat Tricks
Micaela Cyr                                          2                                                              9
Alexis Nicolia                                       2                                                              2
Danielle Tetreault                               1                                                              12
Aubrey Todd                                        2                                                              2
Jennifer VanderMeulen                      --                                                             25

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.

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 so in 2013. Five of the Crimson's opponents this season are currently ranked in either the IWLCA Coaches Poll or the deBeer Media Poll, including Cornell (14/arv), Penn (20/19), Northwestern (5/4), Boston College (-/20) and Dartmouth (13/13).

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.