Audrey Todd and the Crimson seek their first win over a ranked team this year (Ted Keating).
After moving above the .500 mark with its 15-6 win over Marquette, the Harvard women's lacrosse team visits No. 3/3 Syracuse in a non-conference matchup Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.
The Crimson enters the game with a 3-2 mark, while the Orange stands at 7-1 this spring. Harvard is looking for its first win against a ranked team this year, having fallen at No. 14 Stanford, 14-10, and No. 14 Penn, 9-4.
Last Time Out
Marisa Romeo notched four goals, while Megan Hennessey recorded a hat trick and added two assists for a five-point effort, while also having six draw controls, as the Crimson knocked off Marquette, 15-6, at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. Goalie Kelly Weis made a career-high 13 saves, and Audrey Todd caused two turnovers, snared four ground balls and had four draw controls in the victory.
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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Hat Trick Heroes
Marisa Romeo has scored at least three goals in four games, while Megan Hennessey has two hat tricks this spring. Maeve McMahon and Alexis Nicolia each have scored three goals in one contest.
Defense Stepping Up
In the last 150 minutes of action since halftime of the 10-7 win over Cornell March 1, the Crimson has only allowed 16 goals. In the previous 150 minutes, Harvard surrendered 23 tallies by opponents.
Around The Ivy League
Harvard currently sits in a third-place tie with Cornell and Yale in the Ivy League standings with a 1-1 conference mark. Penn and Brown are perfect at 2-0 in conference contests this year. The top four teams in the standings at the end of the season will advance to the annual Ivy League tournament, held at the highest seed's home field May 2-4.
Harvard made it to the Ivy final in 2011 and the semifinal round in 2012.
Ancient Eight Leaders
Harvard paces the Ivy League with 30 shots per game and 8.8 saves per contest.
Among individuals, Maris Romeo stands second with 3.40 goals and 4.0 points per game. Kelly Weis ranked first among all goalies with 8.80 saves per contest and is third with a .506 save percentage.
Returning to Syracuse
Harvard head coach Lisa Miller coached the Orange from 1998-2007, going 106-53 (.667) and leading Syracuse to five NCAA tournament appearances.
Carla Gigon, a Crimson assistant coach, played under Miller at Syracuse, graduating in 2003. Gigon served as team captain as a senior and graduated with the most saves in school history (475).
Harvard's top six point scorers on the season are either freshmen or sophomores. Rookies Marisa Romeo (17-3-20) and Megan Hennessey (9-6-15) have both reached the 10-point plateau, followed by sophomore Alexis Nicolia (9-0-9), freshman Maeve McMahon (6-0-6) and sophomore Audrey Todd (4-1-5) and Meghan Bauer (3-2-5).
A freshman has also led Harvard in scoring in each of the first five games.
Scouting The Crimson
Harvard, which is 2-0 in home contests and 1-2 in road games this spring, is outscoring teams, 57-43, overall. The Crimson also owns an edge in ground balls, 87-83, and caused turnovers, 47-42. Opponents have taken 61 of 110 draw controls.
Between the pipes, Weis is allowing 8.61 goals per game and owns a .506 save percentage, stopping 43 shots in five games. Weis also leads the team with 13 ground balls, while Megan Hennessey has 13 draw controls to pace the Crimson.
Scouting The Orange
Syracuse already has seven players to reach the double-digit point plateau through eight games. Kayle Treanor has scored 29 goals and dished out 18 assists for 47 points. Alyssa Murray has 20 goals and 14 points for 34 points, followed by Taylor Poplawski (16-3-19), Katie Webster (15-2-17), Kailah Kempney (7-9-16), Gabby Jaquith (8-7-15) and Devon Collins (12-0-12).
Kempney has recorded a team-high 42 ground balls, and Kasey Mock has snared 17 ground balls. Kelsey Richardson has played the majority of minutes in net and sits at 5-1 with an 8.26 goals-against average and 25 saves.
The Orange is outscoring opponents, 132-67, and is 91-of-113 on clear attempts (.805).
Syracuse has won all four games against Harvard in the all-time series, dating back to 2005. In the only game played at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., the Orange topped the Crimson, 15-9. Two years ago, the squads met at Gillette Stadium, with Syracuse winning, 10-6.
To Be the Best, You Have to Beat the Best
Harvard will play two more teams currently ranked in the IWLCA or Brine Division I Women's Media national polls. The Crimson will take on No. 3/3 Syracuse March 18 and No. 5/5 Boston College March 26.
The Crimson will visit archrival Yale in an Ivy League contest Saturday, March 22 at 3 p.m.