Women's Lacrosse Hosts No. 10/11 Princeton Saturday in Key Ivy Tilt; Game on NESNplus, ILDN

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Harvard vs. No. 10 Princeton
Saturday, March 26
12 p.m.
Harvard Stadium
NESNplus/ILDN
Bill Spaulding, Scott Sudikoff
Live Stats
Harvard trails, 18-28
L, 8-15 (May 1, 2015)
Princeton, 4 wins


Marisa Romeo accumulated six points (three goals, three assists) in the 13-3 victory at Holy Cross Tuesday (March 22).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's lacrosse team returns home to face No. 10/11 Princeton in a key Ivy League contest Saturday at Harvard Stadium. The game, which begins at 12 p.m., will be shown live on NESNplus and the Ivy League Digital Network.

Bill Spaulding and Scott Sudikoff will have the call.

Harvard boasts a 5-2 overall mark and is 1-0 in the Ivy League, while the Tigers enter at 4-2 and 1-0. Cornell is the early leader in the Ancient Eight standings at 2-0. The Crimson is opening a three-game homestand with the contest against the Tigers, as Harvard will host Dartmouth April 2 and Brown April 9.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

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.

Social Stream
Use the 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.

Series History
The Crimson and Tigers have met 46 times, with Harvard trailing the all-time series, 28-18. Princeton won the first meeting, 7-5, in 1975 and has taken the last four meetings between the Ivy rivals. In the last game, Princeton emerged with a 15-9 win in the Ivy League tournament semifinals on May 1, 2015.

Last Time Out
Maeve McMahon scored a career-high four goals, and Kelly Weis made a career-best 15 saves, as the Crimson knocked off Holy Cross, 13-3, in Worcester March 22. Nekele McCall won a career-high eight draw controls, and Marisa Romeo recorded a hat trick and dished out three assists for a six-point effort.  

Scouting The Crimson
Midway through the season, Marisa Romeo paces the Crimson with 16 goals and 22 points. Julia Glynn has amassed 21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists, Maeve McMahon (13-6-19), Keeley MacAfee (6-7-13), Eliza Guild (9-2-11) and Audrey Todd (8-2-10) have also reached double digits in scoring.

Megan Hennessey paces the team with 22 ground balls, while Nekele McCall has 16 draw controls and Tory Waldstein has caused 12 turnovers, the most on Harvard. In net, Kelly Weis has started every game and owns a 9.04 goals-against average and a .510 save percentage.

Harvard is outscoring teams, 90-59, and owns the edge in ground balls, 140-101, and caused turnovers, 76-45. The Crimson has converted 15-of-32 free-position shots (.469) and is 86-of-89 on clear attempts (.962).

Scouting The Tigers
Princeton is looking to snap a two-game losing streak, having fallen at No. 6 Notre Dame, 16-11, March 13, and No. 8 Penn State, 14-10, March 16.

Olivia Hompe has notched 22 of Princeton's 72 goals and leads the team with 28 points. Anya Gersoff has found the back of the net 10 times, while Stephanie Paloscio and Colby Chanenchuk pace the Tigers with six assists apiece.

Goalie Ellie DeGarmo boasts a .500 save percentage, has made 57 saves and owns a 10.03 goals-against average.

Non-Conference Play
The Crimson will face two more non-conference opponents this spring, beginning with the home contest against Boston College April 20. In 2015, Harvard owned a record of 4-5 in non-Ivy games and is currently 4-2 this spring after topping Hofstra, 16-8, in the season opener, Saint Mary's, 21-2, Feb. 28, New Hampshire, 12-11, March 13 and Holy Cross, 13-3, March 22.

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. 10 Princeton March 26, No. 15 Penn April 16 and No. 11 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.

Stat Sheet
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 21, Harvard led 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 stood second with 1.67 caused turnovers per game.

Hat Tricks
Harvard players have scored three or more goals in a game eight times this spring. Julia Glynn netted a Crimson season-high six goals in the 16-8 win at Hofstra Feb. 20. Glynn, Marisa Romeo (three times) Maeve McMahon (twice), Audrey Todd and Alexis Nicolia have the hat tricks for the Crimson.

Record Watch
Senior goalie Kelly Weis has made 385 saves in her career, good for fourth-most in program history. Weis is four saves shy of tying Kate Schutt '99 (389) for third.

Senior attacker Marisa Romeo is four goals away from tying Kelly McBride '87 (105) for 11th for career tallies. Romeo has scored 101 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 ToddTory 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 BaioccoColleen BurkeCaroline GarrityMarley JenkinsKeeley MacAfeeClaire RushinRosemary 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.

Up Next
The Crimson will remain home to host Dartmouth in another Ivy League contest at Harvard Stadium Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m. The game against the Bears will be shown live on NESNplus and the Ivy League Digital Network.