Kasey Uhlenhuth and the Crimson will play their third ranked opponent of the season Saturday (Craig Cyr).
The Harvard women's lacrosse team looks for their first victory of the season as the team travels west to Evanston, Ill., for a non-conference matchup against No. 4 Northwestern on Saturday, March 16. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST at Lakeside Field.
Last Time Out
Despite scoring five goals and outshooting No. 19 Penn, 18-9, in the second half, Harvard could not overcome the Quakers nine-goal, first half lead as the Crimson dropped its home opener, 14-5, March 9.
Aubrey Todd led the Crimson with three goals, including the first two of the second half, and Micaela Cyr added a pair of tallies. Cyr added three draw controls and three ground balls, while Lauren Tomkinson and Danielle Tetreault scooped up four ground balls each.
Harvard finished with advantages of 16-15 in ground balls and 12-9 in draw controls. Annie Meyjes made five saves in net.
Scouting the Wildcats
Northwestern enters Saturday's contest riding a four-game winning streak for a 6-1 record. The Wildcats have scored double-digits in all but one of their seven contests. Defensively Northwestern has held their opponents to 10 or fewer goals except on two occasions.
Twenty players have recorded a point for the Wildcats this season with Erin Fitzgerald (22-2-24) leading the way with 24. Alyssa Leonard (16-5-21) is second on the team with 21 points. Leonard won a team-best 57 draw controls while Gabriella Flibotte has picked up 25 ground balls to lead the squad.
Bridget Bianco has started each game in between the pipes for Northwestern. The sophomore goaltender has turned away 47 attempts of the 120 shots faced for a .490 save percentage.
Saturday's contest marks the fourth installment in the all-time series between the Crimson and Wildcats with Harvard holding a 2-1 advantage. In the last meeting between the two programs on March 2, 2003, Northwestern came out victorious, 7-4.
Ivy League Honors
Aubrey Todd was tabbed to the Ancient Eight honor roll March 11, as the freshman tallied her second hat trick of her collegiate career, shot 42.9 percent, grabbed two grounds balls and caused a turnover against Penn March 9.
Alexis Nicolia and Annie Meyjes were each named to the Ivy League honor roll Feb. 25 after turning in strong performances at Stanford Feb. 24 while Micaela Cyr earned the honor March 4 for a five point effort (3g, 2a) at Cornell March 2.
Leading the Crimson
A trio of midfield attackers have netted 23 of Harvard's 30 goals through three games. First-years Alexis Nicolia and Aubrey Todd lead the way with eight goals apiece. Senior Micaele Cyr found the back of the net seven times and passed out a team-best four assists to lead the squad in points (11).
Cyr has earned 11 draw controls, caused three turnovers and picked up eight ground balls while Danielle Tetreault leads the team with nine ground balls. In net, Annie Meyjes has started and played all by 25 minutes to record 22 saves for a .344 save percentage.
Climbing the Charts
Senior Danielle Tetreault has scored 92 goals in her career. She is 13 goals shy of tying Kelly McBridge '87 for 10th in program history with 105 career tallies.
Rookies Alexis Nicolia and Aubrey Todd have made an impact through their first three collegiate games. Nicolia tallied five goals and added an assist at Stanford Feb. 24, and scored a hat trick at Cornell March 2. Todd scored a hat trick against Penn March 9, at Cornell March 2 where she also handed out two assists and registered two goals at Stanford Feb. 24 for 10 points.
Take Your Hats Off
Harvard has notched five hat tricks this season with Alexis Nicolia and Aubrey leading the way with two apiece. Micaela Cyr posted her first hat trick of the season to total eight in her career. Danielle Tetreault leads all active Crimson with 11 hat tricks in her career.
Name 2013 Hat Tricks Career Hat Tricks
Micaela Cyr 1 8
Alexis Nicolia 2 2
Danielle Tetreault -- 11
Aubrey Todd 2 2
Jennifer VanderMeulen -- 25
Catch the Crimson in 2013
All three of Harvard's home games this season (March 9 vs. Penn, March 23 vs Yale and April 20 vs. Columbia) will be streamed on GoCrimson.com. Each game is $9.95 per game.
To Be the Best, You Have to Beat the Best
Harvard has knocked off at least one top 20 opponent in each of the last four seasons, and will have plenty of opportunities to do so in 2013. Four of the Crimson's opponents this season are currently ranked in either the IWLCA Coaches Poll or the deBeer Media Poll, including Cornell (14/16), Penn (20/-), Northwestern (5/4) and Dartmouth (13/13).
Captaining the Ship
Senior Micaela Cyr was voted by her teammates as captain for the 2013 season. This marks the first time since 1987 that the Crimson has been led by one captain.
Harvard captured the program's first national championship in 1990 when it defeated Maryland, 8-7. The Crimson won four games that season by a single goal en route to a 15-0 record, with Jenny Walser '90 scoring the game winner in three of those four games, including the national title game. Four-year letterwinners Carroll Clark '90, Karen Everling '90, Julie French '90, and Walser graduated with a career record of 50-8-1, including a perfect 23-0 mark in the Ivy League.
The Crimson has made a total of nine NCAA Tournament appearances and has reached the national championship game three times. Harvard has also won 11 Ivy League Championships, tied with Dartmouth for the most in conference history.
Harvard will stay in the midwest when the Crimson visit Marquette on Tuesday, March 19. Game time is set for 4 p.m. EST. at Valley Fields.