Marina Burke and the Crimson sit 2-1 in the Ivy League (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard women's lacrosse team will conclude its three-game homestand when the Crimson plays host to Brown Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium. The game, which begins at 1 p.m., will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Scott Sudikoff and Ben Altsher will have the call.
Harvard heads into the weekend with an overall record of 6-3 and is 2-1 in the Ivy League, while the Bears stand at 4-6 and 0-3 in the Ancient Eight.
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. Harvard currently sits tied with Yale for third place, trailing Cornell (3-0) and Princeton (2-0).
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.
Saturday's game will mark the 42nd meeting between Harvard and Brown with the Crimson holding a 30-11 advantage in the all-time series. The Crimson and Bears first met in 1975, a 5-3 win for Harvard, and the Crimson has claimed four of the last five contests, including the last two. Last year on April 4, Harvard earned a 9-7 victory in Providence, Rhode Island.
Last Time Out
Julia Glynn, who was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, amassed a career-high 10 points on six goals and four assists, while Maria Romeo tied her career-best with seven points (four goals, three assists), as the Crimson cruised past Dartmouth by a score of 17-9 April 2. Glynn scored or assisted on Harvard's first six goals and had five goals and two assists by halftime.
Scouting The Crimson
Marisa Romeo paces the Crimson with 21 goals (21-9-30), while Julia Glynn leads the way with 32 points on 18 tallies and a team-high 14 helpers. Maeve McMahon (15-7-22), Alexis Nicolia (13-2-15), Keeley MacAfee (6-8-14), Audrey Todd (10-2-12) and Eliza Guild (9-3-12) have also reached double digits in scoring, giving Harvard depth in its offensive attack. In Ivy games, Glynn paces the squad with 15 points on eight goals and seven assists, and Romeo has netted nine scores in the three conference games.
Megan Hennessey paces the team with 24 ground balls, while Nekele McCall has 24 draw controls and Tory Waldstein has caused 14 turnovers, the most on Harvard. In net, Kelly Weis has started every game and owns an 8.63 goals-against average and a .488 save percentage.
Harvard is outscoring teams, 12.44 to 8.22, per game, and has been nearly perfect on clear attempts, going 130-of-135 (.963). The Crimson is 2-2 at home, having defeated two squads from New Hampshire (UNH, 12-11, March 12; Dartmouth, 17-9, April 2).
Scouting The Bears
Brown is looking to snap a four-game losing streak after falling at Sacred Heart, 13-9, April 2. The Bears have one victory on the road, having defeated Bryant, 11-10, March 9. With 18 goals and 25 points, Lauren Toy is Brown's leading scorer.
Kerianne Hunt (7-4-11) has won a team-high 17 draw controls and is tied with Jillian Lee (10-1-11) for third on the team with 11 points. Hafsa Moinuddin (8-5-13) has also had the scoring touch.
Goalie Victoria Holland has started all 10 games and boasts a .472 save percentage and 8.67 goals-against mark.
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. 15 Penn April 16, No. 13 Boston College April 20 and No. 18 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 April 5, the Crimson ranked 11th in the nation in caused turnovers per game (10.89), 18th in ground balls per game (19.11) and 21st in save percentage (.475).
Individually, Kelly Weis appeared 16th in save percentage (.488) and was 27th in goals-against average (8.63).
Through April 4, Harvard led the Ivy League in scoring (12.44 goals per game), ground balls per game (19.11) and caused turnovers (10.78 per game).
Harvard players have scored three or more goals in a game 10 times this spring. Julia Glynn netted a Crimson season-high six goals in the 16-8 win at Hofstra Feb. 20 and then again in a 17-9 victory over Dartmouth April 2. Glynn (twice), Marisa Romeo (four times) Maeve McMahon (twice), Audrey Todd and Alexis Nicolia have the hat tricks for the Crimson.
Senior goalie Kelly Weis has made 395 saves in her career, putting her third in program history. Kelly Dermody '89 is second on the list with 452 career saves.
Senior attacker Marisa Romeo stands 11th with 106 career goals and is 12th with 136 career points. Sarah Winters '95 scored 111 goals in her career, putting Romeo five goals short of tying her for 10th. Romeo is also two points shy of sharing the 11th spot in career scoring with Jen White '83 (138).
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 visit No. 15 Penn in a key Ivy League contest Saturday, April 16 at 12 p.m. The game will be carried live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.