Audrey Todd and the Crimson continue their three-game homestand Saturday (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard women's lacrosse team will play its second of three-straight contests at home, as the Crimson welcomes Ivy League rival Dartmouth for a conference showdown Saturday. The game, which begins at 1 p.m., will be shown live on NESNplus and the Ivy League Digital Network.
Bill Spaulding and Andy Towne will have the call.
Harvard, which will host Brown April 9 to close out the home stretch, enters the weekend 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League, while the Big Green carries the same records into the game. The Crimson and Dartmouth are tied for fourth in the Ivy League standings with Penn (6-3, 1-1).
The top four teams in the Ancient Eight standings at the end of the regular season will advance to the Ivy League tournament, to be held at the highest seed May 6-8.
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.
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.
Harvard and Dartmouth have played 42 times, with the Crimson holding a 21-20-1 advantage in the all-time series. The two Ivy rivals first met in 1976, a 6-5 victory for the Big Green in Hanover, New Hampshire. Harvard has claimed three of the last five contests, including a 9-8 victory last season on April 1, 2015.
Last Time Out
Harvard nearly tied the game on a last second shot by Megan Hennessey, but the Crimson fell at home to No. 10/11 Princeton by a score of 6-5 March 26. Goalie Kelly Weis recorded four saves, and the Crimson outshot the Tigers, 28-16, while also leading in draw controls, 9-4.
Scouting The Crimson
Just past the midway point of the season, Marisa Romeo paces the Crimson with 17 goals and 23 points. Julia Glynn has amassed 22 points on 12 goals and 10 assists, Maeve McMahon (14-7-21), Keeley MacAfee (6-8-14), Eliza Guild (9-2-11) and Audrey Todd (8-2-10) have also reached double digits in scoring, giving Harvard depth in its offensive attack.
Megan Hennessey paces the team with 24 ground balls, while Nekele McCall has 18 draw controls and Tory Waldstein has caused 14 turnovers, the most on Harvard. In net, Kelly Weis has started every game and owns an 8.57 goals-against average and a .500 save percentage.
Harvard is outscoring teams, 95-65, and owns the edge in ground balls, 154-117, and caused turnovers, 87-49. The Crimson has converted 16-of-37 free-position shots (.432) and is 114-of-118 on clear attempts (.966).
Scouting The Big Green
Dartmouth is coming off a 10-9 victory at home against No. 16 Penn March 27. Jaclyn Leto, who paces her team with 32 goals and 34 points, tallied six scores in the win over the Quakers. Taryn Deck (15-7-22), Courtney Weisse (8-3-11) and Elizabeth Mastrio (6-5-11) have also had the scoring touch for Dartmouth.
Mastrio (26) and Leto (23) have the most draw controls on the Big Green, while Leto leads the way with 12 caused turnovers and has converted 10 free-position shots.
Charlotte Wahle boasts a 10.50 goals-against average and .391 save percentage. Opponents are outscoring Dartmouth, 84-77, including 47-39 in the first period of contests.
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 six teams currently ranked in the Nike/LM Division I national poll this season. The Crimson will meet No. 20 Penn April 16, No. 8 Boston College April 20 and No. 19 Cornell April 23.
Harvard fell at No. 17 Stanford, 13-4, Feb. 27, at home to No. 3 Syracuse, 16-9, March 16, and at home to No. 10 Princeton, 6-5, March 26.
Entering March 28, the Crimson ranked ninth in the nation in caused turnovers per game (11.0), 15th in ground balls per game (19.25) and 20th in save percentage (.484).
Individually, Kelly Weis appeared 17th in save percentage (.500), Megan Hennessey ranked 23rd in ground balls per game (3.0), and Weis was 30th in goals-against average (8.57).
Through March 28, Harvard led the Ivy League in scoring (11.88 goals per game), ground balls per game (19.25) and caused turnovers (10.88 per game).
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.
Senior goalie Kelly Weis has made 389 saves in her career, tying her for third-most in program history with Kate Schutt '99 (389). Kelly Dermody '89 is second on the list with 452 career saves.
Senior attacker Marisa Romeo is three goals away from tying Kelly McBride '87 (105) for 11th for career tallies. Romeo has scored 102 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 close out a three-game homestand by welcoming Brown to Harvard Stadium Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. The game will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network.