Emma Ford and the Crimson will face two ranked opponents at Harvard Stadium this week (Gil Talbot).
Taking a break from Ivy League action, the Harvard women's lacrosse team will host local rival No. 14/16 Boston College in the Crimson's penultimate non-conference game of the year. Harvard enters the week 7-4 overall, while the Eagles carry a 9-6 overall mark into Wednesday's contest.
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.
Around The Ivy League
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 (3-2 Ivy League) currently sits in fourth place, trailing Princeton (4-0), Cornell (4-1) and Penn (3-1). Dartmouth and Yale (2-3) are tied for fifth. Harvard has yet to play Cornell and Yale, but will host the Big Red April 23, before visiting the Bulldogs April 30.
Wednesday's game will mark the 38th time Harvard and Boston College have met on the lacrosse field, with the Crimson controlling the lead in the all-time series, 27-10. The Eagles, however, have won the last five contests between the local rivals, including a 19-13 decision in Newton last April 7. The Crimson boasts a 14-5 mark against BC in games played in Cambridge.
Last Time Out
Marisa Romeo led Harvard with three goals, and Kelly Weis recorded seven saves, but the Crimson slipped on the road at No. 15/17 Penn by a score of 8-7 April 16. Alexis Nicolia chipped in with two goals, and Marina Burke and Nekele McCall each grabbed three ground balls.
Scouting The Crimson
Marisa Romeo paces the Crimson with 24 goals (24-11-35) and is tied with Julia Glynn (19-16-35) with 35 points. Maeve McMahon (17-8-25), Alexis Nicolia (18-2-20), Audrey Todd (13-2-15), Keeley MacAfee (6-8-14) and Eliza Guild (9-3-12) have also reached double digits in scoring, giving Harvard depth in its offensive attack. In Ivy games, Glynn (9-9-18) and Romeo (12-6-18) pace the squad with 18 points apiece.
Megan Hennessey paces the team in all games with 29 ground balls, while Nekele McCall has 25 draw controls and Tory Waldstein and Marina Burke have caused 15 turnovers each. In net, Kelly Weis has started every game and owns a 7.87 goals-against average and a .503 save percentage.
Harvard is outscoring teams, 11.55 to 7.64, per game, and has been nearly perfect on clear attempts, going 159-of-168 (.946). The Crimson is 3-2 at home and 4-2 on the road.
Scouting The Eagles
Boston College has won two-straight games and three out of four overall. The Eagles are coming off a 15-10 win over Virginia Tech April 16. BC and Harvard have played four common opponents, with the Eagles knocking off Holy Cross, Syracuse, Yale and Dartmouth. The Crimson is 2-1 against those teams (falling to Syracuse) and has yet to play the Bulldogs.
Sarah Mannelly paces the Eagles in scoring with 56 points on 31 goals and 25 assists, while Caroline Margolis has scored 24 times and added 15 helpers for 39 points. Kate Weeks (31-0-31) is tied with Mannelly for the team lead with 31 goals, and Tess Chandler (22-9-31) has also reached the 30-point plateau.
Between the pipes, Zoe Ochoa has started all 15 games and is 9-6 with a 10.02 goals-against average and .391 save percentage on the year.
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. 14 Boston College April 20 and No. 16 Cornell April 23.
Harvard fell at No. 17 Stanford, 13-4, Feb. 27, at home to No. 3 Syracuse, 16-9, March 16, at home to No. 10 Princeton, 6-5, March 26 and at No. 15 Penn, 8-7, April 16.
Entering April 14, the Crimson ranked 11th in the nation in caused turnovers per game (10.7), 15th in scoring defense (7.6), 15th in save percentage (.493) and 17th 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 17, Harvard led the Ivy League in scoring (11.55 goals per game), ground balls per game (19.09) and caused turnovers (10.09 per game).
Harvard players have scored three or more goals in a game 12 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 (five times) Maeve McMahon (twice), Alexis Nicolia (twice) and Audrey Todd have the hat tricks for the Crimson.
Senior goalie Kelly Weis has made 409 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 ninth with 141 career points, seven behind Jennfer VanderMeulen '13 (148) for eighth. Romeo is 11th with 109 career goals, trailing Sarah Winters '95 (111) by two tallies for 10th.
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 host No. 16/20 Cornell on Senior Day Saturday, April 23 at 3 p.m. Prior to the game that will be shown live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network, the Crimson will honor its six seniors: Meghan Bauer, Alexis Nicolia, Madeline Silverman, Audrey Todd, Tory Waldstein and Kelly Weis.