Megan Hennessey and the Crimson are 4-1 on the road this spring (Penny Ashford).
After a three-game homestand, the Harvard women's lacrosse team will travel to Philadelphia to take on No. 17 Penn in a crucial Ivy League contest Saturday, April 16. The game, which begins at 12 p.m. at Franklin Field, will be shown live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.
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 (7-3) currently sits in third place with a 3-1 conference mark, trailing Cornell (4-0) and Princeton (3-0). Penn (8-3) is in fourth with a 2-1 conference record.
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.
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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 45th game between Harvard and Penn, with the Quakers leading the series, 26-18. Penn, which won the first meeting, 12-4, in 1975, has won the last 17 games between the two Ancient Eight rivals, a streak which began with a 13-8 victory in 2001. Last season, the Quakers defeated the Crimson, 8-6, in Cambridge.
Last Time Out
Alexis Nicolia recorded a hat trick and Julia Glynn recorded a goal and two assists to guide the women's lacrosse team to an 8-2 win over Brown Saturday. Kelly Weis made seven saves, as the Crimson surrendered only two goals to an Ivy League opponent for the first time since a 7-2 win over Penn in 1994.
Scouting The Crimson
Marisa Romeo paces the Crimson with 21 goals (21-11-32), while Julia Glynn leads the way with 35 points on 19 tallies and a team-high 16 helpers. Maeve McMahon (17-7-24), Alexis Nicolia (16-2-18), Keeley MacAfee (6-8-14), Audrey Todd (12-2-12) 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 18 points on nine goals and nine assists, and Romeo has netted nine scores in the four conference games.
Megan Hennessey paces the team in all games with 27 ground balls, while Nekele McCall has 25 draw controls and Tory Waldstein has caused 14 turnovers, the most on Harvard. In net, Kelly Weis, who was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week April 11, has started every game and owns a 7.85 goals-against average and a .507 save percentage.
Harvard is outscoring teams, 12.0 to 7.60, per game, and has been nearly perfect on clear attempts, going 147-of-153 (.961). The Crimson is 3-2 at home and 4-1 on the road.
Scouting The Quakers
Penn has won two-straight games, having knocked off then-No. 8 Northwestern, 14-13, in overtime April 3 and Columbia, 15-9, April 9.
With 18 goals and 35 assists, Nina Corcoran leads the Quakers and the Ivy League with 53 points. Iris Williamson has netted a team-high 24 goals and is second with 29 points, while Emil Rogers-Healion (12-10-22) and Alex Condon (19-2-21) have reached the 20-point plateau.
Goalie Britt Brown has started nine of the 11 games and is 6-3 with a 7.43 goals-against average and .508 save percentage. Penn owns a 5-1 record at home with the only loss coming to No. 1 Maryland, 12-8, March 23.
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. 17 Penn April 16, No. 14 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 April 11, the Crimson ranked 10th in the nation in caused turnovers per game (10.7), 13th in scoring defense (7.6), 14th in save percentage (.493) and 16th in ground balls per game (19.3).
Individually, Kelly Weis appeared 13th in save percentage (.507) and was 21st in goals-against average (7.85).
Through April 10, Harvard led the Ivy League in scoring (12.0 goals per game), ground balls per game (19.3) and caused turnovers (10.6 per game).
Harvard players have scored three or more goals in a game 11 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), Alexis Nicolia (twice) and Audrey Todd have the hat tricks for the Crimson.
Senior goalie Kelly Weis has made 402 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 tied for 11th with 138 career points. Sarah Winters '95 scored 111 goals in her career, putting Romeo five goals short of tying her for 10th. Romeo is one point shy of moving to a tie for 10th with Danielle Tetreault '13 (139).
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 return home to host No. 14 Boston College Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.