Eliza Guild and the Crimson have won two-straight games (Penny Ashford).
After going 3-1 in road games to start the season, the Harvard women's lacrosse team will welcome New Hampshire for the Crimson's home opener Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m.
The Crimson stands at 1-0 in the Ivy League, while the Wildcats enter the weekend at 2-4 overall and have yet to play an America East contest.
Ivy League Digital Network
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Harvard and New Hampshire first met in 1975, a 9-3 win for the Wildcats in Durham, New Hampshire. The Crimson leads the series, 19-18, and has won the last two meetings, an 11-10 double overtime win in Durham in 2010 and a 8-6 decision in Cambridge in 2011. Harvard is 11-10 against New Hampshire at home.
Last Time Out
The Crimson is coming off a 15-6 win in its Ivy League opener at Columbia March 5. Marisa Romeo netted four goals and added an assist, while Julia Glynn had three assists and one goal. Maeve McMahon and Eliza Guild finished with two goals and one assist each. Goalie Kelly Weis recorded seven saves. The Crimson held the Lions scoreless for 30:38 of action between the first and second halves.
Scouting The Crimson
Through four games, Julia Glynn leads Harvard with 14 points and six assists. Marisa Romeo, who was named the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week March 7, has a team-high 10 goals to her credit. Maeve McMahon (6-4-10) has also reached double digits in scoring.
Megan Hennessey paces the team with 113 ground balls, while Glynn has collected eight and has caused eight turnovers, the most on Harvard. In net, Kelly Weis has started all four games and owns an 8.68 goals-against average and a .491 save percentage.
Harvard is outscoring teams, 56-29, and owns the edge in ground balls, 77-46, and caused turnovers, 41-22. McMahon and Audrey Todd are tied for the team lead with eight draw controls apiece.
Scouting The Wildcats
New Hampshire fell in its last game, 16-6, to Fairfield in a home game March 5. Nicole Grote has dished out eight assists and compiled 14 points to lead her team in both categories. Laura McHoul (8-5-13), Carly Wooters (10-1-11) and Catherine Sexton (5-5-10) are also scoring threats.
Kate Clancy and Hope Kissick have both collected 11 ground balls, while Devan Miller has won 16 draw controls. Clancy has started all six games between the pipes and boasts an 11.89 goals-against mark, to go along with a .456 save percentage.
After this week, the Crimson will face four more non-conference opponents this spring, beginning with the home game against Syracuse March 16. In 2015, Harvard owned a record of 4-5 in non-Ivy games and is currently 2-1 this spring after topping Hofstra, 16-8, in the season opener, and Saint Mary's, 21-2, Feb. 28.
Harvard Against The Nation's Best
The Crimson is slated to face five teams currently ranked in the Nike/LM Division I national poll this season. The Crimson will face No. 3 Syracuse March 16, No. 7 Princeton March 26, No. 17 Penn April 16 and No. 14 Boston College April 20.
Harvard fell at No. 17 Stanford, 13-4, Feb. 27.
It's In The Stats
The Crimson ranks 10th in the nation in scoring offense (14.0 goals per game) and scoring margin (6.75). Harvard is also 16th in scoring defense (7.25 goals allowed per game).
Individually, Kelly Weis is 21st in save percentage (.491), while Megan Hennessey appears 23rd in ground balls per game (3.25).
Harvard leads the Ivy League in scoring and caused turnovers (10.25 per game) and is second in ground balls (19.25 per game). Julia Glynn stands first with 2.0 caused turnovers per game and ranks second with 1.50 assists per contest.
Senior goalie Kelly Weis has made 360 saves in her career, good for sixth-most in program history. Weis is five saves shy of tying Charlotte Worsley '82 (365) for fifth.
Senior attacker Marisa Romeo is 10 goals away from tying Kelly McBride '87 for 11th for career tallies. Romeo has scored 95 during her career in Cambridge.
Margin of Victory
On Feb. 28, Harvard earned a 21-2 non-conference win at St. Mary's. The 19-goal margin of victory marked the most for the Crimson since defeating Stanford, also by a 21-2 score on March 31, 1995.
Leading The Way
The Crimson once again has three captains for the 2016 campaign, as seniors Audrey Todd, Tory Waldstein and Kelly Weiss were elected by their teammates for the second-consecutive season.
Welcome, Class of 2020!
Harvard has eight freshmen newcomers to the roster this season: Nicole Baiocco, Colleen Burke, Caroline Garrity, Marley Jenkins, Keeley MacAfee, Claire Rushin, Rosemary Scalise and Ali Thaler. The class of 2020 consists of three attackers, three midfielders and two defenders.
Hall of Fame Bound
Former Harvard women's lacrosse standouts Maggie Vaughan '90 and Sarah (Downing) Nelson '94 were recently inducted into the United States National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Vaughan, a two-time All-American as a defender, earned first team honors in 1989 and 1990. Vaughan helped lead Harvard to its first NCAA title in 1990 as the Crimson defeated Maryland in the national championship game. In addition to earning All-Ivy League honors four times, she was the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 1987 and the Ivy League's Player of the Year as a senior in 1990. Vaughan was also the recipient of an NCAA post-graduate scholarship in 1990. She was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team program for seven years, and helped lead Team USA to the gold medal as a member of the World Cup team in both 1993 and 1997.
Nelson, a two-time collegiate All-American as a midfielder, received second team honors in both 1992 and 1994. She helped to lead Harvard to the Ivy League title in both 1991 and 1992 and earned All-Ivy League recognition in 1992 and 1994. Nelson was also selected for the North-South All-Star Game following her senior season in 1994. In addition, she was a three-time member of U.S. World Cup Team, helping Team USA to capture the world championship in both 1997 and 2001, and place second in 2005. All told, she was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team program for 11 years. Nelson was the recipient of US Lacrosse's Beth Allen Award in 2002 as the most outstanding U.S. team player at the Women's National Tournament.
Harvard will welcome No. 3 Syracuse to Cambridge for a non-conference contest Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. The game, which will be held at Jordan Field, will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network.