Women’s Lacrosse Hosts Yale Saturday in Ivy League Battle

The Storyline
Fresh off a dominant road win against Marquette, Harvard returns home and resume Ivy League play against rival Yale Saturday, March 23. Open draw is set for 1 p.m.

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Live Video (with subscription) and live statistics are available for Saturday's game against Yale.

Last Time Out
With five goals and an assist, Micaela Cyr outscored host Marquette and led Harvard to its first win of the season, 18-4, Tuesday afternoon in cold, windy Milwaukee. 

The Crimson scored the game's first five goals before the Golden Eagles got on the board. Harvard answered with nine goals in a row, pausing with a 12-1 halftime lead along the way. Danielle Tetreault added four goals and an assist for the Crimson, while Alexis Nicolia and Catherine Brown each scored twice. 

Anne Meyjes logged three saves to record her first collegiate win. Tetreault grabbed four draw controls, while Mariel Jenkins recorded four ground balls and two caused turnovers. 

Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale had reeled off three wins in a row before suffering a 12-8 loss last weekend at Penn. The Bulldogs got six goals from rookie Nicole Daniggelis but could not climb back after the Quakers established a 3-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes.

Devon Rhodes leads the Bulldogs with 19 goals and 28 points. She was held without a goal by the Quakers but set up a pair of scores. Jen DeVito has 11 goals to go with a team-high 10 assists. Daniggelis has found the net 13 times and paces the team with 21 draw controls. Christina Doherty has secured 16 draws and 15 ground balls. Erin McMullan has played every minute in the cage, stopping 37.8 percent of the shots she has faced.

All-Time Series
Saturday marks the 42nd installment of the all-time series between the Crimson and Bull Dogs with the series knotted at 20-20-1. Harvard was victorious in the past two meetings. 

Saturday's game marks MBGYLL Day, when the women's lacrosse team hosts the Massachusetts Bay Girls Youth Lacrosse League. Eight youth lacrosse teams from various parts of the state will compete against each other at Harvard Stadium and Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium prior to first draw. At the conclusion of the youth games, the Positive Coaching Alliance will host two lacrosse clinics prior to the Harvard-Yale Game. 

Around the Ivy League
Dartmouth and Columbia also meet Saturday afternoon as the only other matchup within the Ivy League. Princeton, meanwhile, hosts a non-league game against John Hopkins. Penn and Cornell will clash Sunday in Philadelphia.

Ivy League Honors 
Micaela Cyr earned her second Ivy League honor roll spot on March 18 for a netting two goals, grabbing two ground balls and winning two draw controls at Northwestern March 16. 

Alexis Nicolia and Annie Meyjes were each named to the Ivy League honor roll Feb. 25 while Aubrey Todd earned a spot on the Ancient Eight honor roll on March 11. 

Leading the Crimson
Captain Micaela Cyr leads Harvard by example, having posted team highs of 14 goals, five assists, 19 points, 12 ground balls and 15 draw controls. She has netted at least two goals in each game and is averaging an assist per contest. 

Aubrey Todd (9-3-12) ranks second on the team in scoring, while Alexis Nicolia (10-1-11) has joined Cyr as a double-digit goal scorer. Danielle Tereault (7-2-9) and Kyleigh Keating (4-4-8) have also been key offensive contributors.

On the defensive side, Mariel Jenkins has caused a team-high six turnovers. Tetreault has excelled statistically across the board, controlling 13 draws and picking up 11 ground balls to go with her nine points. Annie Meyjes has stopped 35.7 percent of opponents' shots in her four stars. 

All-Around Excellence
Harvard held advantages of 35-9 in shots, 17-10 in ground balls and 16-7 in draw controls against the Golden Eagles, allowing just four shots in the first half and five in the second. The Crimson won 11 of 14 first-half draw controls and was successful on all 11 of its clear attempts during the game. 

The four goals allowed marked Harvard's lowest total surrendered since a 10-3 win at Columbia late last season. The Crimson limited 12 of its 16 opponents in 2011-12 to single-digit goal totals. 

High Five
Senior Micaela Cyr tied her career-high with five goals on March 19 at Marquette, marking the most goals scored by a Crimson student-athlete since junior Jennifer VanderMeulen netted six on April 7, 2012. Cyr has scored five goals twice in her career, including once as a freshman in 2010.

Climbing the Charts
Senior Danielle Tetreault has scored 97 goals in her career. She is eight goals shy of tying Kelly McBridge '87 for 10th in program history with 105 career tallies. 

Great Start
Rookies Alexis Nicolia and Aubrey Todd have made an impact through their first five collegiate games. Todd (9-3-12) ranks second on the team in scoring with 12 points on nine goals and three handouts. Nicolia notched double-digits in goals (10) and passed out an assist to sit third on the squad in points (11). 

Take Your Hats Off
Harvard has notched seven hat tricks this season with Micaela Cyr, Alexis Nicolia and Aubrey Todd leading the way with two apiece. Danielle Tetreault leads all active Crimson with 12  hat tricks in her career. 

Name 2013 Hat Tricks Career Hat Tricks
Micaela Cyr 2 9
Alexis Nicolia 2 2
Danielle Tetreault 1 12
Aubrey Todd 2 2
Jennifer VanderMeulen -- 25

Catch the Crimson in 2013
All three of Harvard's home games this season (March 9 vs., Penn, March 23 vs. Yale and April 20 vs. Columbia) will be streamed on GoCrimson.com. Each game is $9.95 per game.

To Be the Best, You Have to Beat the Best
Harvard has knocked off at least one top 20 opponent in each of the last four seasons, and will have plenty of opportunities to do so in 2013. Five of the Crimson's opponents this season are currently ranked in either the IWLCA Coaches Poll or the deBeer Media Poll, including Cornell (14/arv), Penn (20/19), Northwestern (5/4), Boston College (-/20) and Dartmouth (13/13). 

Captaining the Ship
Senior Micaela Cyr was voted by her teammates as captain for the 2013 season. This marks the first time since 1987 that the Crimson has been led by one captain. 

Historical Perspective
Harvard captured the program's first national championship in 1990 when it defeated Maryland, 8-7. The Crimson won four games that season by a single goal en route to a 15-0 record, with Jenny Walser '90 scoring the game winner in three of those four games, including the national title game. Four-year letterwinners Carroll Clark '90, Karen Everling '90, Julie French '90, and Walser graduated with a career record of 50-8-1, including a perfect 23-0 mark in the Ivy League. 

The Crimson has made a total of nine NCAA Tournament appearances and has reached the national championship game three times. Harvard has also won 11 Ivy League Championships, tied with Dartmouth for the most in conference history.

Up Next
Harvard takes another two-week break from Ivy League pay and begins a stretch of six straight road games with a short trip to face Boston University Friday, March 29.