Women's Lacrosse Heads to Hofstra for Season Opener Saturday

Women's Lacrosse Heads to Hofstra for Season Opener Saturday

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Harvard at Hofstra
Saturday, Feb. 20
12 p.m.
James M. Shuart Stadium
GoHofstra.com
TBA
Live Stats
Harvard leads, 1-0
W, 10-6 (Feb. 21, 2015)
Harvard, 1 win


Julia Glynn and the Crimson begin the season with four-straight road games (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
Looking to improve on last year's 8-8 overall mark and second-straight berth in the Ivy League tournament, Harvard will open 2016 on the road at Hofstra Saturday. The game is slated to begin at 12 p.m.

The Pride is 0-1, having lost at New Hampshire by a score of 14-8 Feb. 13.

Leading The Way
The Crimson will once again have three captains for the 2016 campaign, as seniors Audrey Todd, Tory Waldstein and Kelly Weiss were elected by their teammates for the second-consecutive season.

Ivy League Digital Network (Hofstra Game Not on ILDN)
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third 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. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

Social Stream
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.

Non-Conference Play
The Crimson will face eight non-conference opponents this spring, beginning with the game at Hofstra. In 2015, Harvard owns a record of 4-5 in non-Ivy games, with Marisa Romeo leading the team with 25 goals and 33 points. The Crimson outscored opponents, 101-89, overall in those games, and goalie Kelly Weis owned a goals-against average of 10.61.

Welcome, Class of 2020!
Harvard has eight freshmen newcomers to the roster this season: Nicole BaioccoColleen BurkeCaroline GarrityMarley JenkinsKeeley MacAfeeClaire RushinRosemary Scalise and Ali Thaler. The class of 2020 consists of three attackers, three midfielders and two defenders. 

Series History
This will mark the second-ever meeting between the schools, with Harvard taking the first game, 10-6, in Cambridge on Feb. 21, 2015.

Scouting The Crimson
Harvard returns all but one player from last year's squad, including its top six point scorers (Marisa Romeo, 37-11-48; Julia Glynn, 27-17-44; Audrey Todd, 30-8-38; Megan Hennessey, 19-16-35; Maeve McMahon, 14-5-19; Eliza Guild, 13-4-17).

Emma Ford led the way with 35 ground balls, while Glynn paced the squad with 18 caused turnovers.

Kelly Weis started all 16 games in net and owned a 9.64 goals-against average, to go along with a .412 save percentage and 96 saves. The Crimson boasted a 5-2 record at home, 3-5 mark on the road and was 0-1 in neutral-site contests.

Scouting The Pride
In Hofstra's 14-8 loss at New Hampshire Feb. 13, Lindsay Scott recorded a hat trick and added an assist four a four-point effort, and Lexi Lenaghan contributed two goals for the Pride. Lindsey Alfano was 1-of-3 on free-position shots, won two draw controls and caused two turnovers. In net, Alexis Greene turned away five shots for Hofstra.

The Pride finished 6-of-10 on clear attempts, collected 12 ground balls and controlled 15 draw controls.

Hall of Fame Bound
Former Harvard women's lacrosse standouts Maggie Vaughan '90 and Sarah (Downing) Nelson '94 were recently inducted into the United States National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Vaughan, a two-time All-American as a defender, earned first team honors in 1989 and 1990. Vaughan helped lead Harvard to its first NCAA title in 1990 as the Crimson defeated Maryland in the national championship game. In addition to earning All-Ivy League honors four times, she was the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 1987 and the Ivy League's Player of the Year as a senior in 1990. Vaughan was also the recipient of an NCAA post-graduate scholarship in 1990. She was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team program for seven years, and helped lead Team USA to the gold medal as a member of the World Cup team in both 1993 and 1997.

Nelson, a two-time collegiate All-American as a midfielder, received second team honors in both 1992 and 1994. She helped to lead Harvard to the Ivy League title in both 1991 and 1992 and earned All-Ivy League recognition in 1992 and 1994. Nelson was also selected for the North-South All-Star Game following her senior season in 1994. In addition, she was a three-time member of U.S. World Cup Team, helping Team USA to capture the world championship in both 1997 and 2001, and place second in 2005. All told, she was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team program for 11 years. Nelson was the recipient of US Lacrosse's Beth Allen Award in 2002 as the most outstanding U.S. team player at the Women's National Tournament.

Up Next
The Crimson will travel west to face No. 14 Stanford Saturday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. EST. Harvard will remain on the west coast and play St. Mary's Sunday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. EST.