CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's lacrosse (5-8, 1-4 Ivy League) has won two in a row heading into a big weekend contest at No. 9/10 Penn (10-2, 4-0 Ivy League) on Saturday (April 21). The Crimson sits a game behind 4th-place Cornell, Yale, and Columbia in the Ivy League standings, in contention for a spot in the Ivy League Tournament.
Harvard's offense continues to be among the nation's best. The Crimson leads the Ivy League with an average of 15.31 goals per game (15th, NCAA). Penn is coming off a 19-4 win over Columbia at home last Saturday, and has the Ivy League's top defensive unit (8.92 goals allowed per game, 8th, NCAA).
Harvard earned its first Ivy League win of the year last Saturday with a 17-14 win over Brown at Harvard Stadium. Senior Julia Glynn led the Crimson with nine points (five goals, four assists), her seventh game of the season with five or more goals.
Julia Glynn Named To Tewaaraton Award Watch List
Senior midfielder Julia Glynn, in the midst of a breakout season for the Crimson, was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List last Thursday. The Tewaaraton Award is given annually to the most outstanding American college lacrosse player. Glynn (59 goals, 25 assists) eads the nation with average of 4.54 goals per game, and is second in the nation with an average of 6.46 points per game. Glynn is also second in the nation with an average of 8.77 shots per game.
Glynn, MacAfee Power Harvard Offense
The Ivy League's top two scorers, senior Julia Glynn (59 goals, 25 assists) and junior Keeley MacAfee (47 goals, 24 assists) have powered one of the nation's top offensive teams through the first 13 games of this season.
Glynn's 84 points on the season are the fifth most points in a single year in Harvard history. Her 59 goals place her tied for fourth all-time in a single season in program history. 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 seventh in the nation and second in the Ivy League in scoring, averaging 5.46 points per game). 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 is second in the Ivy League, averaging 8.62 saves per game…Junior Nicole Baiocco has been excellent, with a career high 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) in 13 games…Sophomore Hannah Keating leads Harvard and is fifth in the Ivy League with a .538 shooting percentage…As a team, Harvard is ninth in the nation and tops in the Ivy League with an average of 22.85 points per game.
Penn Series History
Harvard is in search of its first win against Penn since 2000. The Quakers hold a 29-18 advantage in the series. The last five meetings between Harvard and Penn have been decided by three goals or less, with two of those contests going into double overtime.
Penn features a balanced scoring attack – five players with 20 or more goals – and the Ivy League's best defensive unit, which allows just 8.92 goals per game (7.25 in Ivy League play). Gabby Rosenweig (35 goals, 24 assists) tops the team in scoring, with Zoe Belodeau (26 goals, 25 assists) and Erin Barry (33 goals, eight assists) also major contributors. Goalie Mikalia Cheeseman leads the Ivy League in goals-against (9.04) and save percentage (.513).
Last Time Out
Another big day for Julia Glynn (five goals, four assists) and Keeley MacAfee (four goals, three assists) propelled Harvard to a 17-14 win over Brown on Saturday. Freshman Tessa Queri added three goals and an assist, Caroline Garrity led the Crimson with eight draw controls, and goalkeeper Olivia Gundrum made five saves for Harvard. Harvard owned a 37-28 advantage on shots, 12-11 edge on draw controls and an 18-15 advantage on ground balls for the day.
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 play its regular season finale against Cornell next Saturday (April 28) at 1 p.m. on Alumnae Day at Harvard Stadium. The game will air on ESPN3.