The Harvard women's lacrosse team (7-5, 3-1 Ivy) will close out the 2016-17 regular season with a trio of Ivy League matchups over the next three Saturdays, beginning April 15 with a battle at Brown. The game can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network at 1 p.m.
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, Keeley MacAfee and Hannah Keating each netted hat tricks Tuesday night, as Harvard toppled UMass Lowell, 17-6, at Harvard Stadium. The Crimson raced out to a 12-3 halftime lead and coasted to the final count. Harvard dominated all facets of the game, scooping up 18 ground balls to the Riverhawks' three, outshooting them 36-11 and causing 22 turnovers, while committing only seven themselves.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard will make its final charge towards the postseason over the final three weeks of the regular season. The Crimson has outscored opponents 160-139 this season, scoring over 13 goals in seven of its 12 games. Its 160 goals ranks second in the Ivy League.
Harvard's defense has been stout all season, accounting for 134 caused turnovers, the most in the Ancient Eight.
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.
The Bears stand at 4-7 overall, but are winless in the Ivy League at 0-4. Brown enters Saturday's duel losers of three straight, including two games in California and most recently an 11-8 defeat at Cornell April 8.
Sophomore Hafsa Moinuddin leads the team with 28 points on 22 goals and six helpers, while sophomore Carolyn Paletta paces the Bears with 24 scores. Junior Mikaela Karlsson has started nine games in net and has an 8.07 goals-against average and a .536 save percentage. Freshman Maggie Bigelow recorded her first-career win against Cal on March 29 and then started her first game versus San Diego State (March 31). In five games played with two starts, the rookie has totaled a 10.76 GAA this season along with a .484 save percentage.
Harvard boasts a 31-11 all-time advantage against Brown. Dating back to 2005, Harvard has won 9-of-12 meeting versus its conference foe from Providence and has come out on top each of the last three seasons. Last year, Harvard took an 8-2 decision in Cambridge.
Four times this season, Harvard has scored at least 17 goals in a game, winning all four. The Crimson has reached the 17-goal mark in two of its last three outings, beating Dartmouth and UMass Lowell. For the year, Harvard is averaging 13.33 goals per game, third-most in the Ivy League.
Opposing goaltenders will keep busy when facing the Crimson. Harvard ranks ninth in the country and first in the Ivy League, averaging 25.92 shots on goal per game. Florida leads the country, averaging 27.42. Marisa Romeo paces the Crimson, putting 5.67 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 13.50 per game, the Crimson averages the fewest in the Ivy League and the fourth fewest in the country. Albany has the top mark in the nation at 13.15.
At the other end of the field, Harvard's defense has been among the best units in the nation in forcing its opposition into turnovers. The Crimson are averaging 11.17 caused turnovers per game, tops in the Ancient Eight and 17th in the country. Robert Morris leads the nation with 16.00 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 – 211
3rd – Liz Berkery '93 - 161
4th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 152
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 will host Penn April 22 in its final home game of the regular season. The game will serve as Senior Day, as well as Alumnae Day for the Crimson, recognizing the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Ivy League champion and national runner-up squad.