Women's Lacrosse Closes Non-Conference Slate Against UMass Lowell Wednesday


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Harvard vs. UMass Lowell
Wednesday, April 22
7 p.m.
Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium
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Caroline Ashford and the Crimson are seeking their fourth victory at home (Penny Ashford).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's lacrosse team will close out the non-conference portion of its schedule when the Crimson hosts UMass Lowell Wednesday evening. 

The Crimson heads into the week 6-7 overall, while the River Hawks are 0-15 in their first season as a Division I program.

Series History
Wednesday's game will mark the first ever meeting between the two schools.

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Home, Sweet Home
In five games in Cambridge, Harvard is outscoring opponents, 51-42, and has knocked off Hofstra, 10-6, Columbia, 13-9, and Holy Cross, 12-4. Marisa Romeo has 15 of Harvard's goals at home, while Audrey Todd has scored 13 times. Kelly Weis has made 36 saves and posted a .474 save percentage and 8.63 goals-against average.
 
Road Warriors
In eight games away from home, including a neutral-site contest, Harvard owns a 3-5 record and is narrowly being outscored, 90-88. Marisa Romeo has netted 22 goals and amassed 27 points, while Julia Glynn has 13 goals, nine assists and 22 points to her credit. In net, goalie Kelly Weis has recorded 48 saves and owns a .381 save percentage in those eight contests.
 
Non-Conference Matchups
The Crimson has played seven non-conference games this spring, owning a 3-4 record. Marisa Romeo has 25 goals and eight assists in those games.
 
Sharing The Ball in Ivy Games
In its six Ivy games, four Crimson players have totaled at least 13 points: Audrey Todd (12-4-16), Julia Glynn (11-5-16), Marisa Romeo (12-3-15) and Megan Hennessey (8-5-13).
 
Highlighting The Stat Sheet
With 2.85 goals per game, Marisa Romeo ranks 25th in the nation and is 40th with 3.69 points per contest. 

Six Spot
Against Boston College April 7, sophomore Marisa Romeo tied her career-high by netting six goals. Romeo has now scored at least four tallies in a game on 12 occasions in her career. She led Harvard with 48 goals during her rookie season in 2014 and paces the Crimson with 37 tallies this spring.
 
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 third on the team overall with 31 points (20-11-31), and she tallied a career-high five goals at Princeton March 21.
 
Reunion This Weekend
Harvard will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its 1990 NCAA championship team April 25. The Crimson will honor former coaches and players from that team during a halftime ceremony at the Yale game.
 
Senior Day Upcoming
The Crimson will honor senior defender Hannah Mullen in a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday's contest against Yale.
 
Scouting The Crimson
Marisa Romeo continues to pace Harvard on offense, having scored 37 goals and amassed 48 points. Audrey Todd (24-8-32) and Julia Glynn (20-11-31) rank second and third, respectively, in points, while Megan Hennessey (14-13-27) has the team lead in assists. Maeve McMahon (12-5-17) and Eliza Guild (10-3-13) have also reached double figures in scoring.
 
Emma Ford has grabbed 30 ground balls, Glynn has 16 caused turnovers, and Hennessey has won 28 draw controls, all team-highs.
 
Kelly Weis has started all 13 games and is 6-7 with 84 saves, a .416 save percentage and 10.07 goals-against average. Weis ranks ninth in team history with 321 career saves. Harvard has cleared the ball successfully on 152-of-177 chances (.859) and has an advantage in ground balls, 168-165.
 
Scouting The River Hawks
In its first season, UMass Lowell is led by Jesse Jay, who has 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 points, and Emily Wright, who has notched 18 tallies. Devon McKercher (13-4-17), Taylor Sokol (10-5-15) and Micaela Sanborn (9-2-11) have also been scoring targets for the River Hawks.
 
Goalie Courtney Barrett has recorded 153 saves and owns a .390 save percentage and 16.92 goals-against mark.

UMass Lowell is coming off a 23-9 loss to Vermont April 19. McKercher netted four goals, and Jay had four assists in the defeat. 

Leading The Way
The Crimson will have three captains for the 2015 campaign, as juniors Audrey ToddTory Waldstein and Kelly Weiss were elected by their teammates following last season.
 
Preseason Accolades
Audrey Todd and Marisa Romeo were each tabbed to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America team prior to the beginning of the year.
 
Welcome, Class of 2018!
Harvard has nine freshmen newcomers to the roster this season: Caroline AshfordMeredith BrownJulia GlynnEliza GuildOlivia GundrumJulia Lennon, Nekele McCallHailey Novis and Jill Scyocurka. The Class of 2018 consists of two goalies, two attackers, four midfielders and one defender.
 
Up Next
The Crimson will close out the regular season at home against Yale Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. The winner of the game will earn the fourth and final spot in the upcoming Ivy League tournament, which will be hosted by Princeton May 1-3. Harvard sits in fourth currently at 3-3, while the Bulldogs are tied for fifth with a 2-4 conference mark. 

The winner of Saturday's contest between the archrivals will play the Tigers, the No. 1 seed in the Ivy tournament. An NCAA automatic bid is on the line for the team that emerges victorious at the Ancient Eight tournament.