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Harvard (1-0) will look to start a season 2-0 for the first time since 2008 when it visits crosstown rival Boston College (4-2) Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be played at the Eagles' Newton Campus Lacrosse and Soccer Field with live stats available HERE.
Last Time Out
Harvard's defense stymied New Hampshire for three goals, while the offense exploded for 10 of its own, leading the Crimson to an 18-11 victory in its season opener against the Wildcats. The Crimson outshot the Wildcats, 43-23, and enjoyed the edge in ground balls, 23-12, and draw controls, 18-13. Junior Meredith Brown made seven stops to earn the win in goal, while Marisa Romeo and Keeley MacAfee each had four goals and an assist for the offense.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth 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.
Harvard boasts a 27-11 advantage in the all-time series against Boston College, buoyed by victories in the first 19 meetings from 1979-1997. The Eagles, though, have held the upper hand in recent meetings, winning the last six. Harvard's last triumph over Boston College was a 17-9 win at home in 2010.
Junior Meredith Brown made her first career start in goal for the Crimson Feb. 18, making seven saves in a win at UNH. The seven stops marked a career-best for the Annapolis, Maryland native, who previously had 16 career saves in eight prior appearances.
Climbing the Record Books
Senior Marisa Romeo continued her ascension up the Harvard record books with her five-point performance versus UNH. Her four goals increased her career total to 118, moving her into a tie for eighth all-time with Jess Halpern '12. With four more, she would tie Kate Felson '88 for seventh.
6th – Charlotte Joslin '90 – 125
7th – Kate Felson '88 – 122
T8th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 118
T8th – Jess Halpern '12 – 118
6th – Charlotte Joslin '90 – 175
7th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 160
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard's 18 goals in its win at UNH was its highest output in a season-opener since it downed Holy Cross, 19-2, to begin the 2008 campaign. Harvard spread the scoring out among 10 student-athletes. Marisa Romeo and Keeley MacAfee led the way with four apiece, while Nicole Baiocco and Maeve McMahon each had two.
Not only was the offense clicking against the Wildcats, but the Crimson excelled in all areas last Saturday. Harvard scooped up 23 ground balls, 18 draw controls and 43 total shots. Megan Hennessey led the way with six ground balls, five draw controls and four caused turnovers. The six ground balls and four caused turnovers were both career-bests.
Scouting Boston College
The Eagles dropped out of the top-20 rankings this week following a road loss at Virginia Tech by a score of 18-12 last Saturday. Boston College bounced back on Wednesday, dispatching Connecticut, 14-11, in Storrs. Through six games, the Eagles are averaging 14 goals per outing, while its opponents are averaging 12.67.
Sophomore Sam Apuzzo paces the Eagles with 33 points and 14 assists. Her 19 goals trails Kate Weeks' 21 for the team lead. Zoe Ochoa has started all six games in goal, but has split minutes played this season almost evenly with Lauren Daly. Each has a 12.6 goals against average.
Nine freshmen join the Crimson this season. Joining Harvard's attack are Kristin Burnetta, Isabella Di Pietro, Julia DiNovi and Hannah Keating. Uniting with the midfield are Sara Cami, Jackie Cuccurullo, Bridget Flynn and Katie Muldoon, and the lone rookie defender is Tate Green.