Harvard women's lacrosse (5-3) will wrap up a three-game homestand Tuesday evening, hosting Stanford (6-2) at 7 p.m. at Harvard Stadium. The game can be seen live on ESPN3 and 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.
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
The Crimson improved to 2-0 in the Ancient Eight and 5-3 overall, taking down Columbia Saturday, 10-8, at Harvard Stadium. Harvard's defense smothered Columbia throughout the game, led by Marina Burke's five caused turnovers. Marisa Romeo paced the Harvard offense with four goals, including a second-half hat trick.
Scouting the Crimson
At the midpoint of the season, Harvard stands 5-3 overall. The Crimson is 2-0 in conference play, joining Cornell and Princeton as the only unbeaten teams in Ivy League action. Tuesday's matchup against Stanford is one of two remaining out-of-conference games for the Crimson, who will also host UMass Lowell April 11. Conference games at Dartmouth and Princeton are slated for the next two Saturdays.
The Cardinal will get a double dose of the Ivy League this week, facing Harvard Tuesday and Yale Saturday, April 1. Stanford is 6-2 on the year and riding a five-game win streak. Tuesday will be Stanford's first game since a 19-14 victory over Connecticut.
Stanford is one of the top-scoring teams in the nation. Averaging 15.88 goals per game, the Cardinal ranks ninth nationally. It's scoring margin is also top-10, ranking ninth at 5.50 goals per game. Senior Kelsey Murray leads the offense, scoring 23 goals and dishing out 12 assists. Fellow senior Elizbeth Cusick has 19 goals and 24 points. Junior Allie DaCar has started all eight games for the Cardinal, recording a 10.45 goals against.
Harvard trails in the all-time series, 3-6. The Crimson and Cardinal have met each of the last six seasons, with Harvard winning the 2012 meeting, 10-4, but Stanford has taken the others, including last year's matchup in Palo Alto, 13-4.
Controlling The Draw
Harvard continues to be among the nation's best teams in draw controls per game, averaging 14.75 each time out. The figure ranks 12th in all of Division I and first in the Ancient Eight. Maeve McMahon has been critical in the draw control success of the Crimson, corralling one-third of Harvard's each game at 5.25. That number ranks second in the Ivy League and 21st in the nation.
Taking It Back
Senior Marina Burke has been a detriment to opposing offenses all year. Her stifling defense has led 16 caused turnovers, including a season-high five in a 10-8 victory over Columbia last Saturday, improving the Crimson to 2-0 in the Ivy League. As a team, the Crimson has 85 caused turnovers and 34 in two conference games. Megan Hennessey is second on the team with 13.
Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 4-1 when playing at one of its three home venues this season. Harvard went 2-0 playing in the Harvard Stadium Bubble, defeated Ohio State at Jordan Field and is 1-1 in Harvard Stadium. After Tuesday's game against Stanford, Harvard will host UMass Lowell April 11 and Penn April 22 in its final home games of the regular season.
Goals on Goals
Harvard ranks 17th in the country, and second in the Ivy League in scoring, averaging 14.00 goals per game. The Crimson has scored at least 16 goals in three of its games this year and is outscoring opponents by a margin of 2.63.
Marisa Romeo leads the Crimson offense, averaging more than a hat trick each time out at 3.38 goals per game. That figure ranks 13th in the nation and second in the Ancient Eight. Keeley MacAfee is second on the team with a 2.63 goal per game mark, ninth-best in the Ivy League.
Twice this season, senior Marissa Romeo has been selected as the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week. She first earned the honor March 6, posting seven points (5g, 2a) in a win over Yale. She garnered her second honor March 20 after racking up 11 points against Ohio State and Syracuse. The Crimson defeated the Buckeyes and rallied from six goals down to force overtime against the Orange.
Climbing the Record Books
Senior Marisa Romeo continued her ascension up the Harvard record books this season.
3rd – Liz Berkery '93 - 161
4th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 141
4th – Kate Felson '88 - 53
5th – Sara Floco '10 – 52
6th – Marisa Romeo '17 - 50
7th – Megan Cooligan '95 – 47
8th – Jen White '83 – 43
9th – Sarah Winter '95 – 42
11th – Julia Glynn '18 – 39
3rd – Liz Berkery '93 - 202
4th - Kaitlin Martin '09 - 195
5th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 191
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.
Harvard heads out on the road for Ivy League games at Dartmouth, April 1, and No. 6 Princeton, April 8.