Keeley MacAfee, an All-Ivy League First Team and IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team selection, is Harvard's leading returning scorer.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Devon Wills, The Carole Kleinfelder Head Coach for Harvard Women's Lacrosse will make her Harvard debut this weekend as the team plays its season opener on Saturday (Feb. 16) at New Hampshire, with game time at 1 p.m. The Crimson has won its last four season openers, including a 14-5 win over New Hampshire last year.
What to Know
• Senior captains Nicole Baiocco, Marley Jenkins, and Keeley MacAfee will help guide the Crimson. MacAfee, an All-Ivy League First Team and IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team selection, is Harvard's leading returner. She notched 78 points (53 goals, 25 assists) a season ago. Jenkins, a defender, saw action in 10 games in 2018, starting in nine with two goals on the season. A draw control specialist, she earned 26 draw controls on the year, with three caused turnovers and a ground ball. Baiocco was also a key part of Harvard's attack last year, notching 41 points (14 goals, 21 assists).
• Harvard holds a 22-18 advantage against New Hampshire in the all-time series, which dates back to 1975. Harvard has won three straight in the series against the Wildcats.
• The Crimson finished the 2018 campaign with wins in three of its last four games, capping off the year with a 6-9 record. Senior attack Julia Glynn earned Ivy League Attacker of the Year, finishing the season with 95 points (69 goals, 26 assists), the third most in a single campaign in program history. Harvard finished second in the Ivy League with an average of 15.07 goals per game.
• UNH was selected fourth in the 2019 America East Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Preseason Poll. UNH does have five returning players who scored double digits in goals, and two of those Wildcats also posted double digits in assists. Senior attacker Teagan Northrup recorded 12 goals and a team-high 15 assists. She leads all returners with 27 points. Sophomore midfielder Julia Neyland is UNH's top returning goal scorer with 15.
• Last year against UNH, Keeley MacAfee scored four goals, adding two assists, and Julia Glynn had three goals and two assists to lead Harvard to a 14-5 win over New Hampshire. The Crimson outshot the Wildcats, 33-28, and enjoyed the edge in ground balls, 28-19, and draw controls, 13-8. Tessa Queri added three goals in her debut for Harvard.
Harvard will take on No. 1 Boston College next Saturday (Feb. 23) at 1 p.m. in a road contest.