Women's Lacrosse Hosts Cornell in Home and Ivy Opener Saturday
Tory Waldstein and the Crimson went 1-1 last weekend on the road (Craig Cyr).
The Harvard women's lacrosse team opens the home and Ivy League portion of its 40th season by hosting Cornell at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. The Crimson sits at 1-1 on the season after splitting its west coast trip, topping Saint Mary's, 18-7, but falling to No. 14 Stanford, 14-10.
Ivy League Digital Network
For the first time ever, all of Harvard's home games and road Ivy League contests will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch games both live and On-Demand from their computers, tablets or smart phones, and will have access to live and On-Demand content for all Harvard events throughout the duration of their subscription.
ESPN3 Coverage of Harvard Lacrosse
Six of Harvard's home games will be broadcast live on ESPN3 this season. In addition to the games being available on the Ivy League Digital Network, fans can watch the Crimson take on Boston College (March 26), Vanderbilt (April 2), Brown (April 5), Princeton (April 12) and Dartmouth (April 25) on ESPN3.
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Last Time Out
In Harvard's 18-7 win over the Gaels Feb. 23, the Crimson scored the most goals since defeating Marquette, 18-4, March 19, 2013. Megan Hennessey notched five goals and added an assist, while Marisa Romeo tallied four scores and dished out two assists to lead the Crimson offensively. Goalie Kelly Weis picked up the victory in net, stopping seven shots.
After amassing nine points on six goals and three assists in her first two collegiate games, rookie attacker Megan Hennessey was tabbed the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week. In addition to her six points against Saint Mary's, Hennessey had four draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers. She also scored a goal and dished out two assists against Stanford Feb. 22.
Harvard has welcomed back 15 members from last year's squad that posted a 3-11 overall mark and 2-5 conference record. Three of the Crimson's top five point scorers return from last year's team, including Audrey Todd (25-9-34), Alexis Nicolia (23-2-25) and Kyleigh Keating (16-7-23).
Keating led Harvard with 53 draw controls, while Todd was third on the team with 15 ground balls to her credit.
Through two games, Harvard ranks seventh nationally in caused turnovers with 13.5 per game. Individually, freshman Marina Burke stands eighth in the country with 3.5 caused turnovers per contest. Goalie Kelly Weis is 14th with 4.0 ground balls per game and 28th with 8.0 saves each time out.
Scouting The Crimson
Rookies Megan Hennessey (6-3-9) and Marisa Romeo (7-2-9) are tied for the team lead in scoring. Alexis Nicolia (five goals) and Maeve McMahon (three goals) have also had the scoring touch for the Crimson early on in 2014.
Hennessey also paces the squad with seven draw controls and five ground balls, while Marine Burke has caused seven turnovers. Kelly Weis has played every minute in net and has made 16 saves to go along with a 10.53 goals-against average and .432 save percentage.
Scouting The Big Red
In Cornell's 17-9 win over Temple in Ithaca, N.Y., Rachel Moody found the back of the net five times, and Lindsay Toppe and Catherine Ellis added four goals apiece. Emily Tripodi assisted on five of the Big Red goals, while Sarah Hefner had eight draw controls to her credit.
Renee Poullott (four saves) and Carly Gniewek (five saves) each played a half in net to combine for the victory.
Harvard leads the all-time series, 22-12, against Cornell, but the Big Red has won 13 of the last 16 contests, including two in a row. The Crimson is 11-7 at home against Cornell.
Head coach Lisa Miller recently sat down with GoCrimson.com to discuss the team's upcoming 2014 season.
Hat Trick Heroes
Marisa Romeo has scored at least three goals in both games, while Megan Hennessey and Alexis Nicolia each have one hat trick to their credit this season.
Harvard will play four more teams currently ranked in the IWLCA or Brine Division I Women's Media national polls. The Crimson will take on No. 17/17 Penn March 8, No. 2/3 Syracuse March 18, No. 10/9 Boston College March 26 and No. 19/18 Princeton April 12.
Captaining the Ship
Seniors Kyleigh Keating and Chelsey Newman were voted by her teammates as captains for the 2014 season.
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.
The Crimson will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to take on Penn in another Ivy contest Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m.