Harvard continues Ivy League play tomorrow at Dartmouth. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a resounding Ivy win against Yale, Harvard women's lacrosse (5-4, 1-1 Ivy League) hits the road to take on Dartmouth (5-3, 2-0 Ivy League) on Saturday (March 30) at 2 p.m. The game will air on NESNplus and can also be viewed on ESPN+. The Crimson's three-game winning streak in the series against Dartmouth came to an end in a high-scoring 18-14 contest in Cambridge last March. Dartmouth enters the weekend on a four-game winning streak.
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• Last Sunday (March 24), senior captain Keeley MacAfee matched a career high with six goals, first year Grace Hulslander had two goals and three assists, and sophomore Tessa Queri added three goals to help Harvard earn an 18-8 win over Yale. The win was Devon Wills' first Ivy victory as head coach of the Crimson, and Harvard's biggest win over the Bulldogs since 2015. Senior captain Nicole Baiocco had a goal and two assists, and both Marley Jenkins and Caroline Garrity notched a pair of goals for the Crimson.
• Senior midfielder Keeley MacAfee leads the team with 36 points (27 goals, nine assists). She is sixth in the Ivy League with 3.00 goals per game. First year Grace Hulslander has 22 points (15 goals, seven assists), sophomore Madison Conklin has 14 points (eight goals, six assists) on the year and senior captain Nicole Baiocco has six goals and seven assists. Senior midfielder Caroline Garrity has 11 goals, matching her career high.
• On the defensive end, sophomore goalie Grace Rotondo has started all nine games, with 72 saves and 22 ground balls so far this season. Rotondo is fourth in the Ivy League with an average of 8.00 saves per game. First year Shea Jenkins leads the team with 27 ground balls and 31 draw controls, while Grace Hulslander has 29 draw controls as well. Senior Nicole Baiocco has a team best eight caused turnovers.
• Harvard and Dartmouth will meet for the 45th time in women's lacrosse, with the Crimson owning a 22-21-1 advantage in the all-time series. In the last meeting, on March 31, 2018, despite four goals and three assists from Keeley MacAfee, Harvard fell 18-14 to No. 18 Dartmouth at Harvard Stadium. Harvard held a 17-16 edge on ground balls, but Dartmouth had a 35-31 advantage on shots, and a 20-13 edge on draw controls. Harvard goalkeeper Grace Rotondo, who entered the game at the 12:12 mark, made nine saves, while Kiera Vrindten made seven stops for Dartmouth.
• 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 will play its first game at Harvard Stadium this season, hosting Columbia next Saturday (April 6) at 3:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN+