Nekele McCall and the Crimson are 1-0 in Ivy play this spring (Elan Kawesch).
The Harvard women's lacrosse team returns to Ivy League play, as the Crimson visits No. 13 Princeton in a key Ancient Eight contest Saturday at noon. The game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Harvard sits at 3-2 overall and 1-0 in Ivy action, while the Tigers stand at 4-1 and are also 1-0 in conference games.
The Crimson trails the all-time series to Princeton, 26-18, and the Tigers have taken three of the last five meetings. Last season, Princeton knocked off Harvard, 15-6, in Cambridge on April 12, 2014.
Ivy League Digital Network
After an incredibly successful inaugural year that saw over 1,000 events streamed live, The Ivy League Digital Network has returned for 2014-15, providing fans with unprecedented coverage of the Ivy League.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Use the all new 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.
Scouting The Crimson
Kelly Weis has nearly every minute in goal, posting a 9.01 goals-against average, 42 saves and a .500 save percentage. Defensively, Megan Hennessey, Maeve McMahon, Julia Glynn and Emma Ford lead the team with four takeaways apiece. Emma Ford paces the squad with 13 ground balls, while Hennessey has nine to her credit.
Marisa Romeo (16-5-21), Audrey Todd (10-4-14) and Hennessey (6-7-13) are the team's top scorers. Hennessey (12) and Todd (10) rank first and second, respectively, on the squad in draw controls.
Harvard is outscoring teams, 59-44, and owns an advantage in ground balls, 75-62, and caused turnovers, 31-24. Opponents have a slight edge in draw controls, 56-55. The Crimson has successfully cleared the ball 60-of-68 times (.882), while holding opponents to a .711 clip (54-of-76).
Scouting The Tigers
Entering the week, Olivia Hompe led No. 13 Princeton with 11 goals and 14 points, while Erin Slifer (7-4-11) and Erin McMunn (5-5-10) have also reached double digits in scoring. McMunn has grabbed 14 draw controls, and Slifer paces the team with eight ground balls.
Ellie DeGarmo has started in net in four of Princeton's games and has a 5.16 goals-against average, 29 saves and a .630 save percentage.
Princeton is outscoring teams, 21-7, in the first half of games and 37-24 overall. The Tigers also have an advantage in shots, 106-85, and have a wide margin in draw controls, 50-19.
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 still face No. 4 Boston College, No. 9 Stanford, No. 13 Princeton and No. 14 Penn.
The Crimson already played No. 8 Virginia, dropping a close game on the road, 13-9, March 3, and fell by one goal to No. 5 Syracuse, 11-10, March 14.
Highlighting The Stat Sheet
Through five games, Marisa Romeo is third in the Ivy League and 23rd in the nation with 3.25 goals per game. Romeo is also 22nd in the country with 4.25 points per contest.
Goalie Kelly Weis stands 11th with 9.75 save per game and 17th with her .500 save percentage. As a team, Harvard is 12th in the country in save percentage (.500).
Audrey Todd and Marisa Romeo were each tabbed to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America team prior to the beginning of the year.
Freshmen Getting Involved
In Harvard's 17-5 win at Stetson March 16, five Crimson rookies tallied goals. Caroline Ashford scored twice, while Jill Scyocurka, Julia Lennon, Julia Glynn and Nekele McCall also found the back of the net.
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 16 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. 9 Stanford at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.