Harvard vs. No. 5 Syracuse
Kelly Weis ranks 16th in the nation with 9.0 save per game (Elan Kawesch).
The Harvard women's lacrosse team begins a three-game road trip by playing two games in Deland, Florida. The Crimson will first face No. 5 Syracuse in a neutral-site game Saturday at 7 p.m. and will then play Stetson Monday at 6 p.m.
Harvard sits at 2-1 overall on the year, while the Orange heads into the matchup 6-2. The Hatters, meanwhile, boast a 2-4 record after falling at home to Niagara, 10-9, Tuesday.
The Crimson trails the all-time series to Syracuse, 5-0, and Monday's game will be the first ever against Stetson. Harvard fell to the Orange, 17-4, last season at the Carrier Dome, and prior to that, dropped a neutral-site game, 10-6, at Gillette Stadium in 2012.
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Scouting The Crimson
Kelly Weis has played every minute in goal, posting a 9.33 goals-against average, 27 saves and a .491 save percentage. Defensively, Megan Hennessey leads the team with four caused turnovers, while Maeve McMahon and Julia Glynn have three takeaways each. Emma Ford paces the squad with seven ground balls, while Marina Burke has five to her credit.
Marisa Romeo (11-3-14), Audrey Todd (7-2-9) and Hennessey (3-3-6) are the team's top scorers. Todd and Hennessey are tied for the lead with seven draw controls, while McMahon has added six.
Harvard is outscoring teams, 32-28, and owns an advantage in draw controls, 34-32, and caused turnovers, 16-13. The Crimson has collected 40 ground balls, while opponents have also grabbed 40. Harvard has done well on clear attempts, going 36-of-39 (.923), and holding opponents to 34-of-48 (.708).
Scouting The Orange
No. 5 Syracuse, which is coming off a 14-13 victory at No. 4 Florida Tuesday, is led offensively by Halle Majorana (19-14-33) and Kayla Treanor (25-5-30). Riley Donahue (12-6-18), Kailah Kempney (12-6-18) and Kelly Cross (10-6-16) have also been major scoring threats for the Orange.
In goal, Kelsey Richardson has seen the majority of the action and is 6-2 with 64 saves and a .438 save percentage. She also boasts a 10.50 goals-against average. Richardson paces the team with 19 ground balls, while Kailah Kempney has 73 draw controls, or 9.13 per game, the third most in the country.
Syracuse has tallied 114 goals, compared to 87 by opponents, and hold the advantage in most major categories, including draw controls, 136-81, caused turnovers, 63-62, and clear percentage, .856-.746. The Orange defeated No. 8 Virginia, 14-13, Feb. 23, an opponent that held off the Crimson, 13-9, March 3.
Scouting The Hatters
Hallie Merz (6-11-17), Rachel Valocchi (6-5-11) and Lindsay Summers (7-3-10) are the top scorers for Stetson after six games. Taylor Patrizi has pulled in 13 draw controls, while goalie Whitney Meyers paces the squad with 18 ground balls.
Meyers has started six games and is 2-3 with a 9.27 goals-against average. She also has 47 saved and a .490 save percentage to her credit.
Opponents are outscoring Stetson, 62-52, and are outshooting the Hatters, 150-113. Stetson has successfully cleared the ball 71-of-95 opportunities (.747).
Harvard To Face The Nation's Best
The Crimson is slated to play six opponents ranked in this week's Inside Lacrosse Media Poll during the 2015 season. Harvard will face No. 4 Boston College, No. 5 Syracuse, No. 8 Princeton, No. 10 Stanford and No. 14 Penn.
The Crimson already played No. 8 Virginia, dropping a close game on the road, 13-9, March 3.
Highlighting The Stat Sheet
Through three games, Marisa Romeo is second in the Ivy League and eighth in the nation with 3.67 goals per game. Romeo is also 12th in the country with 4.67 points per contest.
Goalie Kelly Weis stands 16th in the nation with 9.0 saves per game and is 32nd in save percentage (.491). As a team, Harvard is 25th in save percentage (.491).
Audrey Todd and Marisa Romeo were each tabbed to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America team prior to the beginning of the year.
Against Hofstra and Columbia, sophomore Maria Romeo led the Crimson with four goals in each of those contests. Romeo has now scored at least four tallies in a game on nine occasions in her career. She led Harvard with 48 goals during her rookie season in 2014 and paces the Crimson with 11 tallies this spring.
Welcome, Class of 2018!
Harvard has nine freshmen newcomers to the roster this season: Caroline Ashford, Meredith Brown, Julia Glynn, Eliza Guild, Olivia Gundrum, Julia Lennon,Nekele McCall, Hailey Novis and Jill Scyocurka. The Class of 2018 consists of two goalies, two attackers, four midfielders and one defender.
The Crimson will visit No. 8 Princeton in a key Ivy League matchup Saturday, March 21 at 12 p.m. The game will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network.