It will be a battle of two of the top teams in the Ivy League Saturday, as the Harvard women's lacrosse team, 3-0 in conference games, visits No. 7 Princeton, 2-0 in the Ancient Eight, at 1 p.m. The host Tigers are 8-1 overall this season, while the Crimson stand at 6-4. Fans can watch all the action from Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium on the Ivy League Digital Network.
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
Marisa Romeo, Maeve McMahon and Megan Hennessey each recorded hat tricks last Sunday, as the Crimson dispatched of Dartmouth, 17-12. Harvard was in full control of the game, creating a 15-5 advantage late into the second half. The win pushed Harvard to 3-0 in the Ivy League, atop the standings with 3-0 Cornell and 2-0 Princeton.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard finds itself 6-4 overall with five regular season games remaining. Of its four losses, three of come by one goal, and two in overtime. Harvard has gone unblemished against its Ivy League brethren, with wins over Yale, Columbia and Dartmouth. The Crimson are tied atop the conference standings with four of its last five games against the Ivy League. The top-four teams in the conference standings at the end of the season advance to the Ivy League Tournament, May 5-7.
Harvard remains one of the top offensive team in the conference, ranking second in goals per game at 13.80, while leading the Ivy League in shots on goal at 26.40.
The Tigers stand at 8-1 overall and are ranked seventh in the latest Inside Lacrosse poll. Princeton's lone loss came at the hands of No. 6 Penn State, 13-8, March 21. Since then, the Tigers have wins over Dartmouth, No. 11 Syracuse and Delaware. Princeton is the top-scoring team in the Ivy League at 14.78 goals per game, and has the widest average margin of victory at 6.11 goals.
Senior midfielder Olivia Hompe is tied for the national lead in goals per game, scoring on average 4.0 each outing. Classmate Ellie DeGarmo has been just as proficient keeping opponents from scoring, leading all goaltenders in the nation in saves per game at 12.56.
Harvard trails in the all-time series, 18-29. Princeton has won each of the last five meetings, including last season's low-scoring affair by a margin of 6-5 in Cambridge. Harvard's last win in the series came in 2012, a 10-7 triumph at home.
Harvard has been one of the best teams in the country this year in limiting turnovers. At 14.0 per game, the Crimson averages the fewest in the Ivy League and the fourth fewest in the country. Albany has the top nation in the mark at 12.78.
At the other end of the field, Harvard's defense has been among the best teams in the nation in forcing its opposition into turnovers. The Crimson are averaging 11.60 caused turnovers per game, tops in the Ancient Eight and 13th in the country. Robert Morris leads the nation with 16.20 per game.
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.
Senior Marisa Romeo became the fourth player in Harvard women's lacrosse history to eclipse 200 points on Sunday, April 2. Romeo scored five times and had two assists helping her become the first player since Liz Berkley '93 to reach the 200-point plateau.
1st – Francesca Dehnartog '83 - 315
2nd – Maureen Finn '83 – 306
3rd – Marisa Romeo '17 – 203
3rd – Liz Berkery '93 - 161
4th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 149
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 hosts UMass Lowell April 11 in its final out-of-conference game. Harvard heads back out on the road next weekend, traveling to Brown April 15.