Harvard (8-5, 4-1 Ivy) vs.
The Harvard women's lacrosse team (8-5, 4-1 Ivy) is set to host No. 10 Penn (11-2, 4-1 Ivy) Saturday at 1 p.m. Prior to the game, the Crimson will honor the class of 2017 in a Senior Day ceremony. Fans can watch the game live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.
Prior to Saturday's Ivy League clash, the Crimson will take the opportunity to honor the six members of its senior class and their contributions to the program the last four years. Comprising the senior class are tri-captains Emma Ford, Megan Hennessey and Maeve McMahon, as well as Marina Burke, Marisa Romeo and Robyn White.
The class of 2017 has won 34 games, including 12 Ivy League contests during their tenure and had a .500 or better record each season. They have also qualified for the Ivy League Tournament each year and have combined for nine All-Ivy League honors among them.
Honoring the 1992 Crimson
Twenty-five years after the Harvard women's lacrosse team captured the 11th Ivy title in program history and finished as the national runner-up, Harvard will take a few minutes during Saturday's game to recognize the accomplishments of the 1992 team. The recognition is part of the Alumnae Day festivities Saturday.
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
A 12-goal first half powered the Crimson to a road victory last Saturday, toppling Brown, 19-12, in Providence. Marisa Romeo notched five goals in the contest, while Keeley MacAfee and Caroline Garrity each netted hat tricks to power the Harvard offense. Nekele McCall proved to be a ballhawk, collecting eight draw controls and two ground balls to help the Crimson win the possession battle. Harvard scooped up 20 ground balls to Brown's eight in the contest.
Scouting the Crimson
With its victory over the Bears, the Crimson ensured themselves its fourth-straight season with a .500 or better overall record and at least four wins in the Ivy League. Harvard enters the last two games of the season sporting an 8-5 overall mark and a 4-1 Ancient Eight record. In Cambridge, the Crimson has posted a 5-2 mark this season, including its most recent home victory, a 17-6 thrashing of UMass Lowell April 11. At home, Harvard is averaging 13.14 goals per game, while its defense holds opponents to 9.43.
Sights on the Ivy Tournament
The Ivy League Tournament is slated for May 5 and 7 at the home venue of the top finisher in the conference standings at the end of the regular season. Four teams still remain in the hunt for that top spot, including the Crimson. Cornell is 5-0 atop the standings, while Harvard, Penn and Princeton are log jammed in second with matching 4-1 records. This weekend pits those top-four teams against each other, as Cornell hosts Princeton and the Crimson hosts the Quakers at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Quakers posted their fifth consecutive victory Wednesday night, topping No. 6 Princeton at home, 17-12. The 17 goals was the second-most scored on Princeton this season, one shy of the 18 No. 1 Maryland put on the Tigers April 12.
While its offense shined Wednesday evening, it has been its defense that has led Penn to success much of this season. The Quakers are holding opponents to 7.25 goals per game, tops in the Ivy League and third in the nation. Sophomore Katy Junior leads the Ancient Eight in caused turnovers with a 2.42 mark each time out. Senior goaltender Britt Brown also tops the conference in goals-against average at 7.17, the second-lowest figure in the country. Junior Caroline Cummings leads the Quakers with 36 goals.
Penn holds the advantage in the all-time series, 18-28. Harvard dominated the series from 1981 – 1995, winning 15 consecutive meetings, but tides have favored Penn of late. The Quakers have won each meeting in the series dating back to 2001, including last year's 6-5, double-overtime win in the Ivy League Tournament.
High Conversion Rate
Harvard has made opponents pay for giving them free position attempts this season, converting at a 55.7 percent clip, the second-highest in the nation. Marisa Romeo has scored eight times from the free position to lead the Crimson this season, while Megan Hennessey has been an efficient 5-for-6.
Seven Harvard student-athletes have combined for 21 hat tricks this season. Marisa Romeo leads the way with 10, including three games with at least five goals. Other players with hat tricks this season include: Megan Hennessey, Julia Glynn, Keeley MacAfee, Hannah Keating, Maeve McMahon and Caroline Garrity.
Four times this season, Harvard has scored at least 17 goals in a game, winning all four. For the year, Harvard is averaging 13.77 goals per game, second-most in the Ivy League and 26th in the nation.
Opposing goaltenders will keep busy when facing the Crimson. Harvard ranks eighth in the country and first in the Ivy League, averaging 26.23 shots on goal per game. Jacksonville leads the country, averaging 28.21. Marisa Romeo paces the Crimson, putting 5.62 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 13.46 per game, the Crimson averages the fewest in the Ivy League and the third fewest in the country. Maryland has the top mark in the nation at 12.73.
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 is averaging 10.77 caused turnovers per game, tops in the Ancient Eight and 24th in the country.
Three times this season, senior Marissa Romeo has been selected as the Ivy League 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. Most recently, she earned the accolade for her five-goal performance in Harvard's win at Brown April 15.
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 – 217
2nd – Maureen Finn '83 - 182
3rd – Liz Berkery '93 - 161
4th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 157
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 close out the 2017 regular season with a trip to central New York to face No. 11 Cornell Saturday, April 29. Game time is set for 12 p.m.