Tory Waldstein and the Crimson are 3-2 in non-conference games this spring (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard women's lacrosse team will play its sixth non-conference game of the year, as the Crimson makes the short trip to Worcester, Massachusetts to take on Holy Cross Tuesday, March 22 at 6 p.m.
Harvard is 3-1 on the road and stands 4-2 overall, while the Crusaders carry an 0-8 mark, including 0-3 at home, into Tuesday's game, which will be streamed live on the Patriot League Network. The Crimson stands 1-0 in the Ivy League, while Holy Cross owns an 0-1 record in the Patriot League.
Ivy League Digital Network (Holy Cross Game Not on ILDN)
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The Crimson and Crusaders have played 11 times, with Harvard holding a 10-1 advantage in the all-time series. Harvard won the inaugural meeting, 27-1, on April 9, 1983 and won nine-straight until Holy Cross earned a 17-12 win in Worcester on April 10, 2013. The Crimson has won the last two meetings, including a 12-4 decision in Cambridge on April 14, 2015.
Last Time Out
Taking on No. 4/3 Syracuse at Jordan Field March 16, Alexis Nicolia recorded a hat trick, and Marisa Romeo notched two goals, but the Crimson fell to the Orange by a score of 16-9. Harvard went 19-of-19 on clear attempts, and Tory Waldstein caused three turnovers.
Scouting The Crimson
Through six games, Julia Glynn leads Harvard with 18 points (10-8-18) and eight assists. Marisa Romeo (13-3-16), who was named the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week March 7, has a team-high 13 goals to her credit. Maeve McMahon (9-6-15), Keeley MacAfee (6-7-13) and Eliza Guild (8-2-10) have also reached double digits in scoring.
Megan Hennessey paces the team with 19 ground balls, while Glynn has caused 10 turnovers, the most on Harvard. In net, Kelly Weis has started every game and owns a 10.37 goals-against average and a .440 save percentage.
Harvard is outscoring teams, 77-56, and owns the edge in ground balls, 118-85, and caused turnovers, 62-34. McMahon has the team lead with 10 draw controls, while Todd and Nekele McCall are tied for second with eight each. The Crimson has converted 15-of-29 free-position shots (.517) and is 86-of-89 on clear attempts (.966).
Scouting The Crusaders
Holy Cross, which is coming off a 12-7 loss at Lehigh March 19, is led offensively by Kaitlin Concilio, who has scored nine goals and assisted on eight tallies for 17 points. Tess MacKay has added eight goals, and Keely Connors has found the back of the net seven times. MacKay has a team-high 11 ground balls, with Maddie Ward leading the way with seven draw controls.
Julia Maloney has seen most of the time in goal and owns a 13.38 goals-against average and .393 save percentage to go along with 66 saves. The Crusaders are being outscored, 107-51, and are converting .750 of their clear attempts (96-of-128).
The Crimson will face three more non-conference opponents this spring, beginning with the road contest at Holy Cross March 22. In 2015, Harvard owned a record of 4-5 in non-Ivy games and is currently 3-2 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. 9 Princeton March 26, No. 17 Penn April 16 and No. 16 Boston College April 20.
Harvard fell at No. 17 Stanford, 13-4, Feb. 27 and at home to No. 3 Syracuse, 16-9, March 16.
Entering March 17, the Crimson ranked 13th in the nation in ground balls per game (19.67), 17th in caused turnovers per contest (10.50), 20th in scoring offense (12.83 goals per game) and 21st in scoring margin (3.50).
Individually, Megan Hennessey appeared 21st in ground balls per game (3.17), and Julia Glynn was 21st in caused turnovers (2.0 per contest).
Through March 19, Harvard leads the Ivy League in scoring (12.83 goals per game), ground balls per game (19.67) and caused turnovers (10.33 per game). Julia Glynn stands second with 1.67 caused turnovers per game.
Harvard players have scored three or more goals in a game six times this spring. Julia Glynn netted a Crimson season-high six goals in the 16-8 win at Hofstra Feb. 20. Glynn, Marisa Romeo (twice) Maeve McMahon, Audrey Todd and Alexis Nicolia have the hat tricks for the Crimson.
Senior goalie Kelly Weis has made 370 saves in her career, good for fifth-most in program history. Weis is two saves shy of tying Krickett Johnson '85 (372) for fifth.
Senior attacker Marisa Romeo is seven goals away from tying Kelly McBride '87 (105) for 11th for career tallies. Romeo has scored 98 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.
The Crimson will host No. 9/7 Princeton in a key Ivy League contest 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.