Crimson Primed To Take On Tigers

Pictured: Katherine Sheeleigh and the Crimson sit atop the Ivy League standings.
Photo courtesy: David Silverman Photography

The Game:
The Crimson looks to remain undefeated in Ivy League play as the team hosts Princeton at Ohiri Field. Harvard has won six straight games, four in conference action. The Tigers are unbeaten in their last four games (two wins and two ties).

Series History:
Today’s match will mark the 34th meeting of the Crimson and Tigers. Harvard holds a 24-8-1 record against Princeton since their first meeting in 1977. Last season, the Crimson earned a 2-1 victory at Princeton.

About Harvard:
Last time out, the Crimson collected its fourth Ivy League win of the season in dramatic fashion. Gina Wideroff got Harvard on the board 30 minutes into play by heading the ball in off a cross from Katherine Kuzma. Down 2-1 with 20 minutes left to play, the Crimson scored two goals in a ten minute span. Patricia Yau evened the game and Melanie Baskind stuffed home the game-winner.

Katherine Sheeleigh leads the team with six goals and four assists for 16 points. Alexandra Congliaro and Baskind lead the team in assists with five. Ten players have notched goals for Harvard this season and 15 players have recorded a point.

Lauren Mann has started all 13 games between the posts for the Crimson. She owns a .721 save percentage and has three shutouts to her credit.

About Princeton:
The Tigers are coming off of a pair of scoreless draws with Lehigh, Oct. 14, and Columbia, Oct. 17. Princeton holds a 1-2-1 record against Ivy League opponents and 5-6-3 overall mark.

Freshman Jen Hoy paces the Tigers with a pair of goals and assists for six points. Junior Lauren Whatley has also found the back of the net twice this season. Goalkeeper Alyssa Pont has played every minute this season and owns a 0.88 goals-against average. Pont also has six clean sheets to her credit.

Down the Stretch:
With Ivy League play half over, Harvard finds itself atop the table with four wins, no loses and no draws. The Crimson have three games remaining against conference opponents this season, with two being play at the friendly confines of Ohiri Field. Harvard plays Dartmouth at home next weekend and Columbia away Nov. 7 to close out the season.

Home, Sweet Home:
The Crimson owns a 11-1-2 record in its last 14 home games, dating back to last season. Harvard is 5-1-1 on its home turf this fall. Harvard has outscored its opponents 12-6 at home this season and 29-12 in its last 14 home matches, dating back to last season.

Coming Up:
In the penultimate game of the regular-season, the Crimson will play Dartmouth at home on Halloween, Oct. 31. The contest against the Big Green will mark the final time that seniors Christina Hagner, Lizzy Nichols, Kelli Okuji and Mann will take to Ohiri Field for a regular-season match.