Women's Lacrosse Visits Dartmouth Friday, Hosts Columbia Sunday on Senior Day

The Crimson is 1-1 at home this spring (Ted Keating).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's lacrosse team will close out its season with a trip to No. 20 Dartmouth before returning to Harvard Stadium for a matchup against Columbia.

Follow From Home
DartmouthSports.com will provide live stats and video for Saturday's contest while live video and live statistics are available for Sunday's game against Columbia on GoCrimson.com

A Look at the Schedule
The Crimson will travel north to Hanover, N.H., Friday, April 26 for a matchup against No. 20 Dartmouth. Open draw is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Scully-Fahey Field. Harvard welcomes Columbia to Harvard Stadium in its season finale on Sunday, April 28. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.

Last Time Out
Nina Kucharczyk scored her third and fourth goals of the game in the final two minutes, but 15th-ranked Boston College hung on for a 13-12 win against the Harvard women's lacrosse team Wednesday afternoon at Newton Campus Lacrosse Field.

In a game full of streaks, Harvard scored the game's first three goals and came back from a three-goal deficit in the second half to tie the game at 9-9. The Eagles netted three of the next four goals. Kucharczyk got back two goals, but the Crimson could not find an equalizer after her last score with 42 seconds left.

Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth, ranked 20th in the DeBeer Poll, carries an 8-6 overall record and 4-2 mark in the Ivy League, but is currently riding a three-game losing streak into play Friday after falling to Princeton, 15-13, April 20.  

Hana Bowers boasts a team-best 47 points on 35 goals and12 assists. Liz Calby is second on the team with 36 points (24g, 12a) while Sarah Bryne has added 21 points (18g, 3a).

Kristen Giovanniello has guarded the net for the Big Green this season and sports 10.04 goals against average, fourth best in the Ivy League, with a 40.9 save percentage, fifth best in the Ancient Eight. Giovanniello has grabbed a team-best 32 ground balls, but Courtney Bennett is Dartmouth's defensive specialist with 19 caused turnovers, 43 draws and 28 ground balls.

All-Time Series
Friday's contest marks the 40th installment between the Crimson and Big Green with Harvard holding a 20-18-1 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to 1976.  The Crimson looks for its third straight victory and its first in Hanover since defeating the Big Green 11-4 on May 7, 1994.

Scouting the Lions
Columbia enters play this weekend with a 2-11 overall record and a 0-6 mark in the Ancient Eight. The lions have lost three straight, including a 15-6 defeat at home Wednesday against Albany.

Kacie Johnson leads the Ivy League with 53 points (42g, 12a) and her 3.50 goals per game average currently ranks fifth in the nation. She has also been a force on the defensive side of the field, collecting 30 ground balls, 14 draw controls and forcing 10 turnovers.

Paige Cuscovitch ranks second on the team with 28 points (25g, 3a) while Kelly Buechel (18g, 2a) has chipped in 20. Cuscovitch has added a team-best 39 ground balls and 34 caused turnovers while Buechel leads in draw controls with 39.

Skylar Dabbar and Colleen Packer have split action in the cage for Columbia. Dabbar sports a 12.77 goals-against average for a 30.7 save percentage while Packer boasts a 11.55 goals-against mark and 40.4 save percentage.

Prior to Sunday's contest the Lions will host Manhattan in non-conference action Friday, April 26.

All-Time Series
Harvard looks to go for its fourth straight win against Columbia in the 16th all-time meeting with the Lions. The Crimson won six of the last seven games and was victorious in the first seven contests with the Lions to hold a 13-2 advantage in the series that began in 1998.

Thank You, Seniors
Prior to Sunday's game, Harvard will celebrate the accomplishments of this year's graduating seniors; Melanie Cook, Micaela Cyr, Mariel Jenkins, Nina Kucharczyk, Danielle Tetreault and Jennifer VanderMeulen, . The class of 2013 has been instrumental to the team's growth over the past four seasons, culminating in two post-season Ivy League tournaments including the Ivy League Championship game appearance in 2011. In 2012, the Crimson knocked off two top 20 opponents, finished the season ranked sixth in the country in scoring defense, having allowed just 7.9 goals per game and held 12 of its  16 opponents to under 10 goals, while six failed to score more than six. Harvard finished its 2011 campaign with a 10-7 record and 5-2 in the Ancient Eight, recording the team's highest win totals since 1994 and earning the program's first national ranking since 1997. The Crimson went 8-7 in 2010, marking the team's first winning season since 1996.

The class of 2013 has combined for more than 340 goals, more than 400 points, over 220 ground balls, won over 302 draw controls and caused over 100 turnovers while earning eight All-Ivy League and three regional All-America honors.

Leading the Crimson
Captain Micaela Cyr leads Harvard by example, having posted team highs of 29 goals, 12 assists, 41 points, and 27 ground balls. She sits sixth in the Ancient Eight this season in points (41), eighth in goals (29) and tied for sixth in assists (12) and seventh in ground balls (27). The senior averages 2.4 goals and an assist per contest.

Second on the team in scoring is freshman Audrey Todd who recorded 19 goals and nine helpers while her classmate Alexis Nicolia is third on the squad with 21 tallies and two handouts. Senior Danielle Tetreault (18g, 4a) and junior Kyleigh Keating (13g, 7a) round out the 20-plus point scorers.

On the defensive side, senior Mariel Jenkins has caused a team-high nine turnovers while Keating has won a team-best 46 draw controls, which currently ranks third in conference. Tetreault has excelled statistically across the board, controlling 25 draws and picking up 14 ground balls to go along with her 22 points.

Each of the Crimson's goalies has seen action in net for Harvard. Melanie Cook has stopped 32.3 percent of the opponent's attempts while Annie Meyjes turned away 35.7 percent of the opposition's shots. Jenn Hatfield boasts a 31.4 save percentage and 12.13 goals-against average.

Senior Micaela Cyr has registered a point in each of Harvard's contests this season to post a 12-game points streak, the longest of her career. The captain has accounted for a team-best 41 points on 29 goals and 12 assists.

Drawing it Up
Kyleigh Keating recorded a career-high eight draw controls as Harvard out-drew Brown 17-9 on April 6. Keating's eight draw controls marked the most for the team since Kaitlin Martin '09 tallied seven on March 25, 2009 at Albany. Last season Keating posted her then career-high six draws against the Bears on April 7, 2012.
Step Your Game Up
Senior Nina Kucharczyk averaged 0.56 points over the Crimson's first nine games, but has stepped her game up over the last three averaging 3.3. Kucharczyk has notched nine goals during this span, including her career-first hat trick with a career-high four goals at Holy Cross April 10. Two games later, the senior reached the four-goal feat again at Boston College April 16.
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 senior Jennifer VanderMeulen accomplished the feat on a free position shot against Penn March 10, 2012.
Climbing the Charts
At Princeton April 13, Danielle Tetreault took sole possession of tenth in program history with 108 career tallies. The senior is now three goals shy of tying Sarah Winters '95 for ninth in Crimson history with 111 goals.
Rookies Contribute
Freshman Alexis Nicolia and Audrey Todd have made an impact this season. The duo accounts for 40 of the Crimson's goals and 6 of Harvard's 15 hat tricks this season. Todd sits second on the squad in scoring with 19 goals and nine assists while Nicolia posted 23 points on 21 goals and two handouts to rank third.
Take Your Hats Off
Harvard has notched 15 hat tricks this season with Micaela Cyr leading the way with five, three-goal games. Danielle Tetreault leads all active Crimson with 13 hat tricks in her career.
Name                                                2013 Hat Tricks                                 Career Hat Tricks
Micaela Cyr                                          5                                                              12
Nina Kucharczyk                                   2                                                              2
Alexis Nicolia                                       3                                                              3
Danielle Tetreault                                2                                                              13
Aubrey Todd                                        3                                                              3
Jennifer VanderMeulen                      --                                                             25
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.

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. 

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.