Harvard will play a pair of games in Central New York over spring break. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's lacrosse (3-3) will play a pair of road contests in Central New York during spring break, beginning with a 1 p.m. game on Saturday (March 16) at Binghamton (0-7) before the Crimson heads north to take on No. 4 Syracuse (6-2) at 4 p.m. on Tuesday (March 19). The Binghamton game will air on ESPN3, while the game at Syracuse can be viewed on ACC Network Extra.
What to Know
• Harvard hosted No. 11 Denver on Sunday at the Harvard Stadium Bubble, playing the Pioneers close for the first half of the contest before the visiting team pulled away for a 17-6 win. First-year Grace Hulslander (three goals) recorded her third multiple-goal effort of the season and is now second on the Crimson with 10 goals on the year. First-year Shea Jenkins led the team with five ground balls on the day. Jenkins also led Harvard with five draw controls.
• Senior midfielder Keeley MacAfee leads the team with 17 points (13 goals, four assists). Sophomore Madison Conklin has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) on the year. First year Grace Hulslander has 12 points (10 goals, two assists) and senior captain Nicole Baiocco has five goals and five 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 six games, with 56 saves and 13 ground balls so far this season. Rotondo is second in the Ivy League with an average of 9.33 saves per game. First year Shea Jenkins leads the team with 20 ground balls, while Grace Hulslander has 19 draw controls to pace Harvard. Senior Colleen Burke and sophomore Celia Concannon have a team best five caused turnovers.
• Harvard and Binghamton have never met in women's lacrosse. Syracuse owns a 9-0 edge in the all-time series against the Crimson, and the two teams have played in five consecutive seasons, with two one-goal games in that span. Last year, on March 16, 2018, Keeley MacAfee had three goals and an assist to lead the Crimson in a 20-13 loss on Tierney Field at the US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md.
• 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 returns home to continue Ivy League play on March 24, with a 1 p.m. contest against Yale at Jordan Field.