CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team (2-1) opens Ivy League play on Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.) at Yale. Through three games, the Crimson is second among Ivy institutions averaging 15.33 goals per game. Senior Julia Glynn is among the nation's best on offense, averaging 5.33 points per game (1st Ivy League, 14th NCAA).
Last Time Out
Junior midfielder Keeley MacAfee became the first Harvard player to score six goals in a game in two seasons to lead the Crimson to a 21-14 win at UC Davis on Sunday afternoon. Junior attack Nicole Baiocco added three goals and three assists, senior midfielder Julia Glynn scored five goals, and sophomore attack Hannah Keating added three goals to lead the Harvard offense, which never trailed and scored the most goals in a game since scoring 21 in a win at St. Mary's in 2016.
Since 1980, Harvard is 23-15 in its first Ivy League game of the season. Harvard has won its last four Ivy openers.
Yale Series History
Harvard holds the advantage in the all-time series versus the Bulldogs, 26-20-1. The Crimson has been in control in recent history, winning the last seven meetings by a combined score of 89-42. Harvard won last year's meeting at home against Yale, 14-13.
Yale is off to its best start since 2014 at 3-0 on the year. The Bulldogs beat No. 19 UMass last Saturday, 14-9, and are led by first year attacker Kayla Duperrouzel, who leads Yale in goals and points (10 goals, three assists). Senior Sydney Marks has been Yale's primary goalie, making a season-high 11 saves in the win against UMass.
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.
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 assists) had great seasons for Harvard. Senior goaltender Meredith Brown (7-7-0, 90 saves) also returns in net for Harvard.
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 returns home next Saturday (March 10) to take on Bryant at 1 p.m. on Jordan Field. The game will air on the Ivy League Network.