Women’s Lacrosse Opens Ivy League Play Against Yale; Game Moved to Harvard Stadium Bubble

Julia Lennon and the Crimson will host Yale in the Harvard Stadium bubble (Penny Ashford).
Julia Lennon and the Crimson will host Yale in the Harvard Stadium bubble (Penny Ashford).
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Last Meeting

Harvard (1-1, 0-0 Ivy) vs.
Yale (3-1, 0-0 Ivy)
March 4, 2017
1 p.m.
Harvard Stadium Bubble
Live Stats
Ivy League Digital Network
Andy Towne, Ben Altsher
W, 13-4 (April 30, 2016)
Harvard leads, 24-20-1

The Storyline
The Harvard women's lacrosse team (1-1, 0-0 Ivy) will open up its Ivy League slate Saturday against Yale at 1 p.m. This game will be played in the bubble at Harvard Stadium due to impending weather.

IMPORTANT: This game will not be open to the public due to capacity restrictions in the Harvard Stadium bubble. The game will still be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.

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.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. The ILDN is also available on Apple TV and Roku. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

Social Stream
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.

Last Time Out
Harvard led Boston College for 59:33 Saturday, but the Eagles tied the game with 27 seconds remaining in regulation and then scored the game-winner 2:21 into overtime to hand the Crimson a heartbreaking 13-12 loss on the road. Sophomore Keeley MacAfee scored four goals for the seconds-straight game to lead the Harvard offense and Meredith Brown made a career-high 11 saves in goal.

Scouting Harvard
MacAfee is pacing the Crimson offense with nine points through the first two games. Her 4.0 goals per game mark is tied for 13th in the country. As a team, the Crimson is generating 15 goals per game, good for 15th-best in the nation. Harvard also ranks among the nation's best in draw controls per game, averaging 17 through the first two contests. That mark is the fourth-best in the country. Megan Hennessey and Maeve McMahon lead the Crimson with nine each.

Series History
Harvard holds the advantage in the all-time series versus the Bulldogs, 24-20-1. The Crimson has been in control in recent history, winning the last six meetings by a combined score of 75-29. Harvard won last year's meeting at Yale, 13-4.

Scouting Yale
The Bulldogs enter the matchup in Cambridge with a 3-1 record. After a season-opening loss at Albany, Yale has defeated Quinnipiac, Robert Morris and Marist. The Bulldogs are averaging 16.5 goals per game, the sixth-most in the nation, and have the fifth-largest scoring margin at nine goals. Senior Hope Hanley leads the team with 28 points and 15 assists. Classmate Tess McEvoy has 15 goals and 12 caused turnovers.

Home Openers
Harvard is 27-15 all-time in its home-openers. The Crimson has won its last three home-openers, defeating New Hampshire last year, 12-11.

Ivy Openers
Since 1980, Harvard is 22-15 in its first Ivy League game of the season. Harvard has beaten Columbia each of the last two years to begin Ivy play.

Among the Best
Senior Megan Hennessey is among the top players in the country in caused turnovers and ground balls per game. She is seventh nationally in caused turnovers, averaging three per game, and is tied for ninth with teammate Meredith Brown in ground balls with a 4.5 per game mark. Hennessey and Maeve McMahon lead the Ivy League in draw controls per game at 4.5.

Climbing the Record Books
Senior Marisa Romeo continued her ascension up the Harvard record books this season.

Career Goals
6th – Charlotte Joslin '90 – 125
7th – Kate Felson '88 – 122
8th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 119

Career Assists
6th – Megan Cooligan '95 – 47
7th – Jen White '83 – 43
T8th – Marisa Romeo '17 - 42
T8th – Sarah Winter '95 – 42
12th – Julia Glynn '18 – 36

Career Points
6th – Charlotte Joslin '90 – 175
7th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 161

Leading the Way
The senior trio of Emma FordMegan Hennessey and Maeve McMahon will serve as the team captains for the 2017 season.

Welcome Aboard
Nine freshmen join the Crimson this season. Joining Harvard's attack are Kristin BurnettaIsabella Di PietroJulia DiNovi and Hannah Keating. Uniting with the midfield are Sara CamiJackie CuccurulloBridget Flynn and Katie Muldoon, and the lone rookie defender is Tate Green.