The Harvard women's lacrosse team kicks off the 2018 season today against New Hampshire (1-0, 0-0 America East) at 12 p.m. on the Ivy League Network. The Crimson has won its last three season openers and will start the year at home for the first time since 2015.
A Year Ago
The Crimson finished the 2017 campaign with an 8-8 record (4-3 Ivy League) and earned an Ivy League Tournament berth for the fourth straight season. First-team All-Ivy selection Marisa Romeo (50 goals, 25 assists) capped off her stellar career with a season for the record books in 2017, with the sixth most points (75) in a single season in program history. She finished her career with 229 points, becoming only the fourth player in program history to eclipse 200 for her career. Returners Julia Glynn (21 goals, four assists; Ivy League Honorable Mention) and Keeley MacAfee (37 goals, nine assist) had great seasons for Harvard. Senior goaltender Meredith Brown (7-7-0, 90 saves) also returns in net for Harvard.
UNH Series History
Harvard holds a 21-18 advantage against New Hampshire in the all-time series, which dates back to 1975. Harvard has won two straight in the series against the Wildcats, including an 18-11 win at UNH in its 2017 season opener.
UNH was selected fourth in the 2018 America East Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Preseason Poll and returns senior Krissy Schafer, who led the team in goals (30) last season. Senior Carly Wooters had 23 goals and nine assists and led the team in draw controls. Senior goalkeeper Kate Clancy has started all 40 games the past three years.
Kleinfelder a Hall of Famer
The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) inducted legendary former Harvard coach Carole Kleinfelder into the organization's first Hall of Fame class this past fall. Kleinfelder guided the Harvard women's lacrosse program as head coach for 25 seasons from 1979-2003. During that span, the Crimson captured 12 Ivy League championships, including seven straight from 1987-1993, and won the 1990 NCAA title. Kleinfelder coached Harvard to a 260-132-3 overall record and 109-67-1 conference mark, while also helping the Crimson earn 52 All-America selections by 28 players during her impressive tenure.
McGovern, Pisano On Board
Last summer, Harvard announced the addition of Kelsey McGovern and Robert Pisano to the coaching staff. McGovern comes to Harvard from Massachusetts where she served as the defensive and draw coach from 2016-17 and was a IWLCA All-American in 2013 as a player. Pisano joins Harvard after graduating from Marquette where he was a member of the men's lacrosse team all four years. The Needham, Massachusetts native has coached the club team Laxachussetts since 2013 providing guidance and leadership to kids aged 9-17.
Ivy League Network
The Ivy League 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 Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight conference's eight institutions.
Julia Glynn, Eliza Guild and Robyn White have been selected by their teammates to lead the Harvard women's lacrosse team as captains for the 2018 season.
Eight freshmen join the Crimson this season. Joining Harvard's attack is Madison Conklin, while aiding the defense will be Celia Concannon, Alison Crump, Gabrielle Fernandopulle, Lauren Ford, Tessa Queri, Camerin Rawson, and Grace Rotondo.
Harvard will head to California next weekend for a pair of games, taking on Stanford on Friday (Feb. 23) at 10 p.m. (ET) and UC Davis on Sunday (Feb. 25) at 3 p.m. (ET).