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The Harvard women's lacrosse team will begin the 2017 season this Saturday, Feb. 18, visiting New Hampshire for a 1 p.m. contest. The matchup will also serve as the kick-off to the season for UNH, hosting the Crimson at Wildcat Stadium.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
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Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all three platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.
Harvard holds a slight 20-18 edge in the all-time series against UNH that dates back to 1975. The Crimson enter this season's meeting on a three-game win streak after downing the Wildcats, 12-11, last year at Jordan Field.
Harvard built a 12-5 lead over UNH with less than 10 minutes to play, but the Wildcats made a valiant charge, scoring the game's final six goals, but Kelly Weis' seven saves ensured the win for the Crimson.
Harvard was picked fourth in the first-ever Ivy League preseason poll, as voted on by the league's media. Princeton was picked first, followed by Penn and Cornell. Dartmouth, Yale, Columbia and Brown rounded out the bottom half of the poll.
Senior defender Emma Ford and senior attacker Marisa Romeo were named Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America honorable mention selections. Ford is a two-time All-Ivy League first team selection and has been named to the IWLCA All-Region team twice. Romeo is making her second-straight appearance on the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America team. She is a three-time All-Ivy League selection, including two first team nods. Additionally, she is also a three-time IWLCA All-Region second team honoree.
Nine freshmen join the Crimson this season. Joining Harvard's attack are Kristin Burnetta, Isabella Di Pietro, Julia DiNovi and Hannah Keating. Uniting with the midfield are Sara Cami, Jackie Cuccurullo, Bridget Flynn and Katie Muldoon, and the lone rookie defender is Tate Green.
Facing the Ranks
Harvard is slated to play seven opponents this season that are ranked in the Inside Lacrosse Top-20 Poll. Harvard's first matchup against a ranked foe will come next weekend when it visits No. 17 Boston College.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard posted a 9-7 overall record last season, supported by a 4-3 conference record. The Crimson reached the Ivy League Tournament, falling in an overtime heartbreaker, 6-5, to Penn.
Senior Marisa Romeo leads the Crimson attack, entering the season seventh all-time with 155 career points. She is 20 points behind Charlotte Joslin '90 for sixth all-time. Her 114 goals is tied for ninth all-time and four shy of Jess Halpern '12 for eighth on that list. Romeo also ranks 10th all-time in assists with 41, while junior Julia Glynn is 12th with 36.
As a team, Harvard returns three of its top-five scorers from last season. Romeo led the squad with 48 points, while Glynn posted 38. Senior Maeve McMahon registered 32 last year. In total, Harvard returns 75.6 percent of its scoring from the 2016 team.
The top three groundball accumulators from last year also return. Senior Megan Hennessey and Emma Ford led the way with 34 and 29, respectively. Glynn tied with recently graduated goaltender, Kelly Weis, for third last year with 21.
Scouting the Wildcats
UNH finished 2016 with a 6-11 record and a 3-3 mark in America East action. It fell in the first round of the conference tournament, 17-4, to Stony Brook. The top five Wildcats in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers also return. Seniors Marissa Gurello and Hope Kissick will lead the Wildcats.
The Wildcats will look to replace their top point scorers from last season having lost Laura McHoul (15-31—46) and Nicole Grote (19-19—38) to graduation. The leading returner is junior Krissy Schafer who scored a team-high 26 goals last year. Junior Kate Clancy manned the goal in 17 games last year, posting a 11.37 GAA and .406 save percentage.