Women's Lacrosse Set For Season Opener on Sunday Against Niagara at Jordan Field

Harvard women's lacrosse will open its 2020 campaign on Sunday against Niagara. (Gil Talbot)
Harvard women's lacrosse will open its 2020 campaign on Sunday against Niagara. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's lacrosse opens the 2020 season against Niagara at noon on Sunday (Feb. 16) at Jordan Field. The Crimson will be led this season by senior captains Tate Green and Julia DiNovi. This will mark the first meeting between Harvard and Niagara in women's lacrosse.

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What to Know
• Harvard returns three of its top five scorers from a season ago, led by sophomore Grace Hulslander, a Second Team All-Ivy selection who recorded 39 points (29 goals, 10 assists). Junior Madison Conklin added 15 goals and nine assists, and senior Hannah Keating recorded 15 goals and an assist a year ago.
• On the defensive end, junior goalkeeper Grace Rotondo made all 15 starts in net for Harvard in 2019 and returns for the Crimson. Rotondo, posted a 12.00 goals-against average and a .401 save percentage. Rotondo was fourth in the Ivy League with an average of 7.8 saves per game. Sophomore Shea Jenkins, a Second Team All-Ivy selection, led the team with 49 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers. She was tops in the Ivy League with 3.27 ground balls per game. Hulslander had 62 draw controls to lead the team in that category.
• Last year, Harvard was No. 2 in the Ivy League in ground balls per game (19.13).
• Shea Swartwout is the top returning scorer for Niagara from 2019. As a junior, the midfielder finished third in points (33) and assists (12), and tied for third in goals (21). Swartwout also had 10 ground balls and three caused turnovers a season ago. Niagara finished 5-12 (2-6 MAAC) in 2019.

At The Helm
Devon Wills, The Carole Kleinfelder Head Coach for Harvard Women's Lacrosse, returns for her second season at Harvard, leading the Crimson to six wins in her inaugural campaign. Wills arrived in Cambridge after a six-year coaching stint at USC, serving as associate head coach in her last three seasons, where she worked specifically with the Trojan defense and goaltenders. She was a three-time All-American goalie at Dartmouth, leading the NCAA in goals-against average and helped the Big Green advance to the NCAA championship game in 2006.