CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's lacrosse (3-8) is set for a midweek contest at UMass-Lowell (4-8) on Wednesday night (6 p.m.) before taking on Brown (8-4, 1-3 Ivy League) on Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.) at Harvard Stadium.
The Crimson is looking to snap a six-game losing streak, despite averaging nearly 15 goals per game (14.67) in that span. UMass-Lowell is coming off decisive 16-1 a win over Hartford last Saturday, while Brown has won its last three contests, including a 14-13 win over Cornell four days ago.
Glynn, MacAfee Power Harvard Offense
The Ivy League's top two scorers, senior Julia Glynn (48 goals, 21 assists) and junior Keeley MacAfee (41 goals, 19 assists) have powered one of the nation's top offensive teams through the first 11 games of this season.
Glynn is second in the nation (1st, Ivy League) with an average of 6.27 points per game, and first in the Ivy League and fourth in the NCAA with an average of 4.36 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 13th in the nation and second in the Ivy League with an average of 3.73 goals per game and just second to Glynn in the Ivy League, averaging 5.45 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.
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Senior goalie Olivia Gundrum leads the Ivy League, averaging nine saves per game…Junior Nicole Baiocco has been excellent, with a career high 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in 11 games. As a team, Harvard is 11th in the nation and first in the Ivy League with a .476 shooting percentage (168 goals, 353 shots)…Harvard is seventh in the nation and tops in the Ivy League with an average of 22.91 points per game.
UMass-Lowell Series History
Harvard and UMass-Lowell have met in women's lacrosse three times with the Crimson winning all three meetings in each of the last three seasons. Harvard defeated UMass-Lowell 17-6 last season on April 17, with Marisa Romeo, Hannah Keating and Keeley MacAfee each scoring three goals.
Driving UMass-Lowell's offense has been Kendyl Finelli (15 goals, 31 assists) and Taylor Sokol (25 goals, four assists), who lead the team in points. The River Hawks lead America East with an average of 11 caused turnovers per game. Goalie Courtney Barrett leads UMass-Lowell with three ground balls per game and is allowing 10.05 goals per game.
Brown Series History
Harvard holds a 32-11 edge in the series history against Brown, winning the last four games and six of the last seven in the series. The Crimson won the last meeting, 19-12, on April 15, 2017.
Brown is led by Risa Mosenthal, who is second only to Julia Glynn in the Ivy League with 44 goals, and sixth in the conference with an average of 4.25 points per game. Brown is one of the best in the nation on draw controls, averaging 16.33 per game (2nd Ivy League, 7th NCAA). Brown also has one of the nation's top offensive units, averaging 14.58 goals per game.
Last Time Out
On Saturday, Hannah Keating netted a career-best five goals, and Julia Glynn added five goals of her own plus three assists for an eight-point effort, but the Harvard fell to Princeton by a score of 20-15 Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium. Olivia Gundrum stopped 12 shots in net for the Crimson.
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.
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.
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 Penn next Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest. The game will air on the Ivy League Network.