Harvard (4-3, 1-0 Ivy) vs.
The Harvard women's lacrosse team (4-3, 1-0 Ivy) returns to Ivy League play Saturday afternoon, hosting Columbia (5-3, 1-1 Ivy) at 1 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network and Facebook Live. The game is the first conference game for the Crimson since beating Yale, 14-13, March 4.
Saturday's game is special for the Harvard women's lacrosse team because it is dedicating it to Vs. Cancer; the fundraising program they have been working with this year. Vs. Cancer works with sports teams and communities to raise money to fund the fight against childhood cancer. There will be a donation box at the game, located right above the Harvard bench. All proceeds from the game will go to the Vs. Cancer fund and the Crimson welcome any support you are willing to give. Join us in the fight against kids cancer!
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.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. The ILDN is also available on Apple TV and Roku. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
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.
Last Time Out
On a cold a blustery night at Harvard Stadium, the Crimson fell to visiting UMass, 16-9, Wednesday evening. Meredith Brown made a career-high 12 saves and the Harvard defense forced the Minutewomen into 17 turnovers, but the Crimson offense generated a season-low nine goals. Maeve McMahon had a career-high four goals and five points, while also collecting five ground balls.
Scouting the Crimson
After winning three straight, the Crimson has dropped its last two outings. Harvard suffered an overtime loss to then-No. 6 Syracuse at a neutral site game in Winter Park, Florida last Saturday, prior to Wednesday's defeat by UMass. Despite the losses, Harvard continues to average nearly a plus-three goal differential this season (14.57 – 11.68). The Harvard defense also continues to smother opponents, posting double-digit caused turnovers in four contests this season.
The Lions enter Saturday's game coming off a loss as well, falling on the road in overtime to Lehigh, 12-11, Wednesday night. Prior to that game, Columbia had won both of its games on a California road trip, downing UC Davis and San Diego State.
Columbia has a quartet of players with at least 22 points this season, led by Victoria Kalamaras' 36. Kalamaras has a team-best 24 assists, while Taylor Quinn leads the way with 20 goals. Kelsey Gedin has played the entire season between the pipes, posting an 11.89 goals-against average on 232 shots faced.
Harvard has a 17-2 lead in the all-time series against its Ancient Eight Brethren from Manhattan. Harvard has won the last seven meetings dating back to the 2010 season, including a 15-6 victory on the road last year.
Harvard is one of the most proficient draw control teams in the nation, ranking 10th with an average of 15.00 per game. Maeve McMahon has been critical in the draw control success of the Crimson, corralling one-third of Harvard's each game at 5.29. That number ranks second in the Ivy League and 18th in the nation. In four of seven games this year, McMahon has had at least six draw controls, including 20 over her last three games against Ohio State, Syracuse and UMass.
Doing It All
In addition to being a force in the draw control game, McMahon has made her presence felt all over the field this year. The senior from Duxbury, Massachusetts ranks third on the team with 16 points and 13 assists, and is top five in ground balls (11), as well as caused turnovers (11).
Give Me That
Senior defender Marina Burke leads the Crimson thus far with 11 caused turnovers. As a team, the Crimson have 67 caused turnovers, averaging 9.57 per game, the third-best mark in the Ivy League.
Goals on Goals
Harvard ranks 12th in the country, and first in the Ivy League in scoring, averaging 14.57 goals per game. The Crimson has scored at least 16 goals in three of its games this year and is outscoring opponents by a margin of 2.71.
Marisa Romeo leads the Crimson offense, averaging more than a hat trick each time out at 3.29 goals per game. That figure ranks 16th in the nation and second in the Ancient Eight. Keeley MacAfee is second on the team with a 2.71 goal per game mark, ninth-best in the Ivy League.
Twice this season, senior Marissa Romeo has been selected as the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week. She first earned the honor March 6, posting seven points (5g, 2a) in a win over Yale. She garnered her second honor March 20 after racking up 11 points against Ohio State and Syracuse. The Crimson defeated the Buckeyes and rallied from six goals down to force overtime against the Orange.
Climbing the Record Books
Senior Marisa Romeo continued her ascension up the Harvard record books this season.
3rd – Liz Berkery '93 - 161
4th – Kaitlin Martin '09 – 139
5th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 137
3rd – Liz Berkery '93 - 202
4th - Kaitlin Martin '09 - 195
5th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 185
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.
Harvard host Stanford Tuesday, March 28 at Harvard Stadium at 7 p.m. before heading out on the road for Ivy League games at Dartmouth, April 1, and No. 6 Princeton, April 8.