CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team (3-5) makes its Harvard Stadium debut on Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.) with an Ivy League contest against No. 18 Dartmouth (6-1, 2-0 Ivy League).
Free lacrosse t-shirts will be available to all Harvard undergraduates in attendance.
The Big Green enters the weekend contest on a six-game winning streak. The game will pit the Ivy League's top two offenses against one another. Harvard leads all Ivies with an average of 15.38 goals per game (10th, NCAA), while Dartmouth is second with an average of 15.29 goals per game (14th, NCAA).
Dartmouth Series History
Harvard and Dartmouth have met 43 times in a series that dates back to 1976. Harvard leads the all-time series 22-20-1, winning the last three meetings. Harvard has won five of the last seven games between the two teams.
Sophomore Ellie Carson (24 goals, seven assists) paces a prolific Dartmouth offense that has averaged over 17 goals in its last four games. Dartmouth is coming off a 15-12 win over No. 16 Princeton last Saturday. Junior Elizabeth Mastrio (22 goals, four assists) is also a top scorer, leading the Ivy League with 1.43 free position goals per game. Dartmouth is also second among Ivies with 16.43 draw controls per game (7th, NCAA), and leads the Ivy League with 25.86 shots on goal per game (7th, NCAA).
Glynn, MacAfee Power Harvard Offense
The Ivy League's top two scorers, senior Julia Glynn (34 goals, 15 assists) and junior Keeley MacAfee (33 goals, 12 assists) have powered one of the nation's top offensive teams through the first six games of this season.
Glynn is third in the nation with an average of 6.13 points per game, and first in the Ivy League and fifth in the NCAA with an average of 4.25 goals per game. Glynn recorded an 11-point outburst (eight goals, three assists) in a 19-18 win over Bryant on March 10. The eight goals by Glynn were the second most in a single game by a Harvard player in program history.
MacAfee is second in the Ivy League with an average of 4.13 goals per game (6th, NCAA) and is second to Glynn in the Ivy League, averaging 5.63 points per game (7th, NCAA). Earlier this season, in contests against Yale and UC Davis, MacAfee became the first player during the tenure of Lisa Miller to record back-to-back games with six goals.
More Harvard Leaders
Senior goalie Olivia Gundrum is second in the Ivy League, averaging nine saves per game…Junior Nicole Baiocco has been excellent, with 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in eight games. She is third on the team with an average of 1.5 assists per game...As a team, Harvard is seventh in the nation with a .486 shooting percentage (123 goals, 253 shots).
Last Time Out
A late rally by Harvard fell just short at Columbia as the Crimson fell 14-13 at Robert K. Kraft Field on Sunday. Julia Glynn had four goals and three assists, Keeley MacAfee added four goals and an assist, and Robyn White scored three early goals to lead the Harvard offensive attack. Olivia Gundrum made 17 saves in net. Nicole Baiocco and Lauren Ford led Harvard with three ground balls, with Ford adding a team high two caused turnovers.
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 will take on Boston University on Wednesday (7 p.m.) in a road contest and then will be back at home next Saturday (April 7) to take on No. 19 Princeton in a 1 p.m. contest at Harvard Stadium. That game will air on NESNplus and the Ivy League Network.