Emma Ford leads the Ivy League with 2.71 ground balls per game (Elan Kawesch).
The Harvard women's lacrosse team hits the road for back-to-back Ivy League games this week, as the Crimson visits Dartmouth Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Brown Saturday at 12 p.m. Both games will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Crimson stands at 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the Ancient Eight, while Dartmouth is 0-8, 0-2 and Brown enters the week at 5-3 and 0-3.
Harvard and Dartmouth have met 41 times, with the series standing even, 20-20-1. The Big Green has taken the last two meetings, including a 15-8 win in Hanover, New Hampshire in 2013 and a 9-8 decision at Harvard Stadium last spring. Dartmouth has won 15 of the last 17 games dating back to 1997.
The Crimson controls the series against the Bears, 29-11, and has claimed three of the last four contests. Last season, Harvard emerged with a 10-4 decision at home.
Ivy League Digital Network
After an incredibly successful inaugural year that saw over 1,000 events streamed live, The Ivy League Digital Network has returned for 2014-15, providing fans with unprecedented coverage of the Ivy League.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Use the all new 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.
Highlighting The Stat Sheet
Halfway through the regular season, Marisa Romeo stands second in the Ivy League and 15th in the country with 3.29 goals per game. She also paces the conference and is 12th nationwide with 4.57 points per contest. Megan Hennessey stands 43rd in the country with 1.43 assists per game, while Emma Ford is 28th and first in the Ivy League with 2.71 ground balls per contest.
As a team, Harvard is 39th in scoring offense with 11.57 goals per game.
Freshmen Getting Involved
In Harvard's 17-5 win at Stetson March 16, five Crimson rookies tallied goals. Caroline Ashford scored twice, while Jill Scyocurka, Julia Lennon, Julia Glynn and Nekele McCall also found the back of the net. Glynn leads Harvard's freshmen and is second on the team overall with 17 points (11-6-17) and tallied a career-high five goals at Princeton March 21.
Home, Sweet Home
In three games in Cambridge, Harvard is outscoring opponents, 33-30, and has knocked off Hofstra, 10-6, and Columbia, 13-9. Marisa Romeo has 11 of Harvard's goals at home, while Kelly Weis has recorded 28 saves and posted a .483 save percentage and 10.00 goals-against average.
In the team's four games away from home, the Crimson is 1-3 but holds a slight goal advantage, 48-46. Marisa Romeo has a team-high 16 points (12-4-16) in those four games, while Kelly Weiss has made 24 saves to go along with a 11.57 goals-against mark and .387 save percentage.
Scouting The Crimson
Marisa Romeo continues to pace Harvard in offense, having scored 23 goals and amassed 32 points. Romeo has scored four goals three times (Hofstra, Columbia and Princeton). Megan Hennessey has dished out a team-high 10 assists and has 16 points. Julia Glynn (11-6-17), Audrey Todd (12-4-16) and Maeve McMahon (10-3-13) have also reached double figures in scoring.
Emma Ford has grabbed 19 ground balls and has caused eight turnovers, both team highs, while McMahon has won 15 draw controls.
Kelly Weis has started all seven games and is 3-4 with 52 saves, a .433 save percentage and 10.82 goals-against average. Harvard has cleared the ball successfully on 80-of-94 chances (.851) and has an advantage in ground balls, 92-91, and caused turnovers, 41-37.
Scouting The Big Green
Dartmouth, which is off to an 0-8 start to the year, is coming off a 9-7 loss at home to USC Saturday. The Big Green is also 0-2 in Ivy games, dropping games to Princeton, 8-5, and Penn, 10-5. Despite the slow start for the team, Jaclyn Leto is 21st in the country with 3.13 goals per game, having tallied 25 scores on the season. Leto ranks first on the team with 28 points, while Sarah Bryne (11-3-14) stands second. Leto and Byrne are tied for the team lead with 23 draw controls.
Goalie Jessica Frieder has started all eight contests and has stopped 57 shots and boasts a 12.66 goals-against average and .380 save percentage.
Opponents are outscoring the Big Green, 106-61, and have an edge in ground balls, 135-108.
Scouting The Bears
Brown, which hosts San Diego State March 31, heads into the week 5-3, but 0-3 in the Ivy League, having dropped conferences games to Penn, 9-7, Yale, 8-3 and Cornell, 14-6.
Five players have reached double figures in scoring, led by Lauren Toy (16-5-21) and Janie Gion (12-3-15). Toy has won 17 draw controls, while Richael Walsh paces the squad with 17 ground balls.
Kellie Roddy has started all eight contests and is 5-3 with an 8.12 goals-against mark, 67 saves and a .511 save percentage. Roddy's save percentage is good for eighth in the nation, and she ranks 17th in goals-against average.
Audrey Todd and Marisa Romeo were each tabbed to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America team prior to the beginning of the year.
Against Hofstra, Columbia and Princeton, sophomore Maria Romeo scored four goals in each of those contests. Romeo has now scored at least four tallies in a game on 10 occasions in her career. She led Harvard with 48 goals during her rookie season in 2014 and paces the Crimson with 23 tallies this spring.
Welcome, Class of 2018!
Harvard has nine freshmen newcomers to the roster this season: Caroline Ashford, Meredith Brown, Julia Glynn, Eliza Guild, Olivia Gundrum, Julia Lennon,Nekele McCall, Hailey Novis and Jill Scyocurka. The Class of 2018 consists of two goalies, two attackers, four midfielders and one defender.
The Crimson will visit No. 2 Boston College Tuesday, April 7 for a 4 p.m. matchup. Harvard will then return home to face No. 10 Penn in an Ivy contest that will be shown live nationally Saturday, April 11 at 3 p.m. on Fox College Sports.