Harvard will host Denver tomorrow at 12 p.m. at the Harvard Stadium Bubble. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's lacrosse (3-2) hosts No. 11 Denver (4-1) on Sunday at noon at the Harvard Stadium Bubble. The game will air on ESPN+. The two teams will meet for the second time, and the first time at Harvard, with the Crimson seeking its first win against the Pioneers.
What to Know
• Harvard is coming off a dramatic double-overtime 9-8 win over Boston University last Wednesday (March 6) at Jordan Field. Sophomore Madison Conklin had five points (goal, four assists), including the game-winning goal with 3:59 to go in the second extra frame to win it for Harvard. Keeley MacAfee, Hannah Keating, and Katie Muldoon each scored two goals, and sophomore goalie Grace Rotondo made 10 saves to help the Crimson earn the hard-fought win. Harvard played its first double-overtime game since May 2, 2014 – a 10-9 loss to Penn in the Ivy League Tournament, and won its first double-overtime game since a 9-8 win over James Madison on March 6, 2012.
• Senior midfielder Keeley MacAfee leads the team with 16 points (12 goals, four assists). Sophomore Madison Conklin has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) on the year. First year Grace Hulslander has nine points (seven goals, two assists) and senior captain Nicole Baiocco has five goals and three assists. Senior midfielder Caroline Garrity has seven goals, nearing her career high of 11.
• On the defensive end, sophomore goalie Grace Rotondo has started all five games, with 45 saves and 11 ground balls so far this season. Rotondo is third in the Ivy League with an average of nine saves per game. First year Shea Jenkins leads the team with 15 ground balls, while Grace Hulslander has 19 draw controls to pace Harvard. Senior Colleen Burke has a team best five caused turnovers.
• Denver won the lone previous meeting between the two teams, a 20-7 victory for the Pioneers on March 27, 2007. Sarah Bancroft and Caroline Simmons each had two goals to lead the Crimson attack.
• 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 hits the road for a pair of games during spring break, as the Crimson will take on Binghamton on March 16, followed by a game at Syracuse on March 19.