Emma Ford and the Crimson carry a three-game win streak into Wednesday's game (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard women's lacrosse team will face its second ranked opponent this spring, as the Crimson welcomes No. 3/3 Syracuse to Jordan Field Wednesday evening.
Harvard has won three-straight games and is 4-1 overall, marking its best start since going 7-1 to open the 2008 campaign. The Orange boats a 6-2 overall mark and is 1-0 on the road.
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The Crimson and Orange have played six times, with Syracuse winning each of them. Last season, the teams met in DeLand, Florida, with the Orange holding on for an 11-10 victory. Harvard led, 4-1, and 7-5, at the half, but Syracuse outscored the Crimson, 6-3, in the second stanza. Maeve McMahon recorded a hat trick, and Kelly Weis made 12 saves in net for Harvard.
Last Time Out
Leading, 12-5, in the second half, the Crimson withstood a 6-0 run by New Hampshire to edge the Wildcats, 12-11, in Harvard's home opener March 12. Audrey Todd netted three goals, and Kelly Weis turned aside seven shots in the victory. Maeve McMahon added two goals and an assist, while Eliza Guild and Alexis Nicolia tallied two scores apiece.
Scouting The Crimson
Through five games, Julia Glynn leads Harvard with 16 points and seven assists. Marisa Romeo (11-3-14), who was named the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week March 7, has a team-high 11 goals to her credit. Maeve McMahon (8-5-13) and Keeley MacAfee (5-5-10) have also reached double digits in scoring.
Megan Hennessey paces the team with 16 ground balls, while Glynn has collected eight and has caused nine turnovers, the most on Harvard. In net, Kelly Weis has started ever game and owns a 9.23 goals-against average and a .466 save percentage.
Harvard is outscoring teams, 68-40, and owns the edge in ground balls, 92-56, and caused turnovers, 52-25. McMahon has the team lead with nine draw controls, while Todd and Nekele McCall are tied for second with eight each. The Crimson has converted 12-of-24 free-position shots (.500).
Scouting The Orange
Four members of the Syracuse offense have tallied 10 or more goals this spring, including Kayla Treanor (21-12-33), Halle Majorana (16-12-28), Riley Donahue (15-10-25) and Nicole Levy (10-9-19). Treanor has won 76 of Syracuse's 126 draw controls, while Allie Murray paces the squad with 17 ground balls to her credit.
Murray, the Orange starting goalie, has also posted a 8.55 goals-against mark and .366 save percentage. Syracuse is outscoring teams, 107-67, including a 62-30 margin in the first half. The Orange has made 19-of-43 free-position shots (.413).
The Crimson will face three 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 3-1 this spring after topping Hofstra, 16-8, in the season opener, Saint Mary's, 21-2, Feb. 28 and New Hampshire, 12-11, March 13.
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 meet 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.
Entering March 10, the Crimson ranked 11th in the nation in scoring offense (14.0 goals per game) and ninth in scoring margin (6.75). Harvard was also 15th in scoring defense (7.25 goals allowed per game).
Individually, Kelly Weis was 18th in save percentage (.491), while Megan Hennessey appeared 18th in ground balls per game (3.25).
Through March 13, Harvard leads the Ivy League in scoring (13.6 goals per game), ground balls per game (18.6) and caused turnovers (10.4 per game). Julia Glynn stands first with 1.8 caused turnovers per game and ranks second with 1.4 assists per contest.
Senior goalie Kelly Weis has made 367 saves in her career, good for fifth-most in program history. Weis is five saves shy of tying Krickett Johnson '85 (372) for fifth.
Senior attacker Marisa Romeo is nine goals away from tying Kelly McBride '87 (105) for 11th for career tallies. Romeo has scored 96 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 heads back on the road to face Holy Cross in Worcester Tuesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. The Crimson will then host No. 7/7 Princeton at Harvard Stadium Saturday, March 26 at 12 p.m. The game against the Tigers will be shown live on NESNplus and the Ivy League Digital Network.