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Harvard Women's Lacrosse Heads to Brown for Ivy League Contest

Sophia Capone and the Crimson look to even its Ivy League record (Craig Cyr). 

The Storyline
The Harvard women's lacrosse team returns to Ivy League action Saturday, April 6 when the Crimson travel to Providence, R.I., to face Ancient Eight rival Brown. Opening draw is set for noon at Stevenson Field.

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Last Time Out
Micaela Cyr notched her third hat trick of the season, and Kyleigh Keating added a career-high seven draw controls, but the Harvard women's lacrosse team dropped its second straight road game, falling at Vanderbilt, 15-11, Monday, April 1.

Audrey Todd also tallied three goals, and goalie Melanie Cook recorded seven saves for Harvard, who falls to 2-6 on the year. Carly Linthicum paced Vanderbilt (2-11) with five tallies.

Scouting the Bears
Brown secured four wins in a row before falling to No. 15 Dartmouth, 8-7, last weekend. The Bears received a four-goal effort from Abby Bunting, but could not hold off the Big Green late comeback to move to 7-2 overall and  1-2 Ivy League.

Brown has outscored its opponents, 106-72. Bre Hudgins leads the Bears with 32 points on 24 goals and eight assists. The junior attack is shooting 50 percent (24-48) on the year and has recorded a goal in each of Brown's nine contests this season. Abby Bunting is second on the team with 19 goals while Lindsay Minges has contributed 14 tallies.

Erin Roos paces the team in ground balls (15) and caused turnovers (14) while Grace Healy has won a team-best 35 draw controls. 

Kellie Roddy has seen the majority of action in between the pipes for the Bears to sport a 7.40 goals against average and a .42.2 save percentage. Victoria Holland has also defended the net for Brown and owns a 10.89 goals against mark with a save percentage of 55.0 percent.

All-Time Series
Harvard looks to go for its third straight win against Brown in the 39th all-time meeting with the Bears. In the all-time series that began in 1975, the Crimson holds a 28-10 advantage.

Up Next
Harvard will travel to Worcester, Mass., for a a non-conference battle at Holy Cross on Wednesday, April 10. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at Hart Turf Field.

Around the Ivy
All of the Ancient Eight teams are in league action on Saturday afternoon. Yale hosts Princeton and Dartmouth welcomes Cornell while Columbia will clash against Penn.
 
Leading the Crimson
Captain Micaela Cyr leads Harvard by example, having posted team highs of 21 goals, eight assists, 29 points, and 21 ground balls. She sits eighth in the Ancient Eight this season in points (29), tied for ninth in goals (21) and tenth in assists (8). The senior has netted at least two goals in each game and is averaging an assist per contest.  

Freshman Audrey Todd (15g, 4a) is second on the team in scoring. Classmate Alexis Nicolia (14g, 2a) and senior Danielle Tetreault (14g, 3a) round out the double figure scorers. 

On the defensive side, senior Mariel Jenkins has caused a team-high eight turnovers. Tetreault has excelled statistically across the board, controlling 20 draws and picking up 14 ground balls to go with her 17 points. Junior Kyleigh Keating won a career-high seven draw controls to add to her team-best 24 draws.

Melanie Cook and Annie Meyjes have split time in net for the Crimson. Cook who saw action in five games, starting four, stopped 38.2 percent of opponents' while Meyjes turned away 35.7 percent of the oppositions attempts

Annie Meyjes and Melanie Cook have split time in net for the Crimson. Meyjes who saw action in four games has stopped 35.7 percent of opponents' to sit sixth in the Ancient Eight while Cook turned away 40.4 percent of the oppositions attempts to rank eighth in the Ivy League.

Streaking
Senior Micaela Cyr has registered a point in each of Harvard's contest this season to post a seven-game point streak, the longest of her career. The captain has accounted for a team-best 29 points on 21 goals and eight assists to lead the Crimson in all but three contests this year.

High Five
Senior Micaela Cyr and freshman Alexis Nicolia each posted five-goal games this season. Nicolia reached the feat in her first collegiate game at Stanford Feb. 24, marking the most goals scored by a Crimson student-athlete since junior Jennifer VanderMeulen netted six on April 7, 2012. Four games later Cyr matched her career-high with five tallies against Marquette March 19.

Man Down
Junior Kyleigh Keating registered a shorthanded goal against Yale March 23 to be the first Crimson to do so since classmate Jennifer VanderMeulen accomplished the feat on a free position shot against Penn March 10, 2012.

Climbing the Charts
Senior Danielle Tetreault has scored 104 goals in her career. She is a goal shy of tying Kelly McBridge '87 for 10th in program history with 105 career tallies.

Great Start
Rookies Alexis Nicolia and Audrey Todd have made an impact this season. The duo account for 19 of the Crimson's goals and recorded half of Harvard's 10 hat tricks this season. Todd sits second on the squad in scoring with 15 goals and four assists while her classmate rounds out the quartet of double-digit scorers with 14 goals and two assists.

Take Your Hats Off
Harvard has notched 10 hat tricks this season with Micaela Cyr and Audrey Todd leading the way with three apiece. Danielle Tetreault leads all active Crimson with 13 hat tricks in her career.

Name                                                 2013 Hat Tricks                                 Career Hat Tricks
Micaela Cyr                                          3                                                              10
Alexis Nicolia                                       2                                                              2
Danielle Tetreault                                 2                                                              13
Audrey Todd                                        3                                                              3
Jennifer VanderMeulen                      --                                                             25
 
All-Around Excellence
Harvard held advantages of 35-9 in shots, 17-10 in ground balls and 16-7 in draw controls against Marquette March 19, allowing just four shots in the first half and five in the second. The Crimson won 11 of 14 first-half draw control and was successful on all 11 of its clear attempts during the game.

The four goals allowed marked Harvard's lowest total surrendered since a 10-3 win at Columbia late last season. The Crimson limited 12 of its 16 opponents in 2011-12 to single-digit goal totals.

Ivy League Honors
Junior Kyleigh Keating earned her first Ivy League honor roll spot on April 1 for winning six draw controls, netting two goals on 66.7 percent shooting and grabbing two ground balls at Boston University March 29. 

Ivy League Weekly Honors
Alexis Nicolia       Feb. 25   Honorable Mention          
Annie Meyjes       Feb. 25   Honorable Mention          
Micaela Cyr          Mar. 4    Honorable Mention          
Audrey Todd        Mar. 11  Honorable Mention          
Micaela Cyr          Mar. 18  Honorable Mention          
Micaela Cyr          Mar. 25  Player of the Week            
Melanie Cook      Mar. 25  Honorable Mention
Kyleigh Keating   April 1    Honorable Mention

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. Five of the Crimson's opponents this season are currently ranked in either the IWLCA Coaches Poll or the deBeer Media Poll, including Cornell (14/arv), Penn (20/19), Northwestern (5/4), Boston College (-/20) 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.
 
Historical Perspective
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.