The Harvard women's lacrosse team (6-5, 3-1 Ivy) will host UMass Lowell (6-5, 0-3 AE) Tuesday evening in its final out-of-conference matchup of the season. The opening face-off is set for 7 p.m. at Harvard Stadium. Fans can watch the game live 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
Harvard suffered its first conference loss Saturday, falling on the road to No. 7 Princeton. Caroline Garrity scored twice for the Crimson and Maeve McMahon had six draw controls to lead the team.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard is 6-5 as it enters the home stretch of the 2017 regular season. Tuesday's game against the Riverhawks is the final game against a non-Ivy team. The Crimson is 3-4 in out-of-conference matchups this season. Following Tuesday's game, the Crimson will close the season with three Ivy League contests the next three Saturdays.
Sights on the Ivy Tournament
With three Ivy games left on the schedule, the drive to secure a spot in the Ivy League Tournament is taking center stage. The top-four teams in the Ivy League standings at the end of the regular season will meet at the top-seed's home field the weekend of May 5-7 in the Ivy League Tournament. Harvard currently stands third in the standings with a 3-1 Ivy record, trailing 4-0 Cornell and 3-0 Princeton. Penn stands fourth at 2-1, while Columbia is fifth at 2-2.
Scouting UMass Lowell
The Riverhawks have an identical 6-5 overall record, but are 0-3 in America East games. Those three conference losses represent UMass Lowell's last three outings, punctuated by a 15-4 defeat at home to Albany Saturday.
Sophomore Jane Dudley leads the Riverhawks with 14 assists and 26 total points. Fellow sophomore Rebecca Idson is the scoring leader with 21 goals. Junior Courtney Barrett has started each game for UMass Lowell, posting a 9.59 GAA.
The Crimson and Riverhawks have met each of the last two seasons since UMass Lowell joined the Division I ranks. Harvard won the 2015 matchup, 12-1, and last season's meeting, 12-5.
Opposing goaltenders will keep busy when facing the Crimson. Harvard ranks third in the country and first in the Ivy League, averaging 26.40 shots on goal per game. Florida leads the country, averaging 27.42. Marisa Romeo paces the Crimson, putting 5.90 shots per game on goal, eighth-most nationally.
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 13.10.
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 12th 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 – 204
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 hits the road for an Ivy League battle at Brown Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. The Bears are 0-4 in the Ancient Eight this season.