Harvard at No. 17/14 Stanford
The Crimson will face their first ranked opponent of the season Saturday (Penny Ashford).
Coming off a 16-8 victory to open the season at Hofstra Feb. 20, the Harvard women's lacrosse team will travel west to face No. 17/14 Stanford Saturday, Feb. 27 and St. Mary's Sunday, Feb. 28. Both games will be at 3 p.m. EST.
The Crimson stands at 1-0, while the Cardinal heads into the week with a 2-1 overall record, and the Gaels are 0-1, with their loss coming to Stanford by a score of 20-1 Feb. 16.
Ivy League Digital Network (Stanford/St. Mary's Games Not on ILDN)
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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.
The Crimson will face seven more non-conference opponents this spring, beginning with the game at Stanford. In 2015, Harvard owned a record of 4-5 in non-Ivy games and is currently 1-0 this spring after topping Hofstra, 16-8, in the season opener.
Harvard and Stanford have met eight times, with the Cardinal leading the series, 5-3. Stanford and the Crimson have met in each of the last five seasons, with the Cardinal taking four of those contests, including the last three in a row. Last spring, Harvard fell at home to Stanford, 15-10, on March 27.
The Crimson has defeated St Mary's in both meetings between the schools, coming in 2006 and 2014. Harvard topped the Gaels, 18-10, on Feb. 23, 2014.
Scouting The Crimson
In Harvard's 16-8 win at Hofstra, Julia Glynn led the way with six goals and seven points, while also pacing the team with five ground balls and four caused turnovers. Glynn's offensive outburst marked the most goals and points for a Crimson player since Marisa Romeo posted the same statistical line against Boston College on April 7, 2015.
Marisa Romeo added four goals, while Maeve McMahon (three goals, one assist) and Keeley MacAfee (two goals, two assists) also recorded four-point games. In net, Kelly Weis stopped 10 shots, including eight in the second half.
Harvard outshot Hofstra, 34-23, and had the edge in ground balls, 17-13.
Scouting The Cardinal
Stanford is led offensively by Kelsey Murray (10-2-12), Lucy Dikeou (6-4-10) and Anna Salemo (6-3-9). Dikeou paces the team with 13 draw controls, while Adrienne Anderson has a team-high five ground balls.
Allie DaCar has started all three games in net and owns an 8.31 goals-against average and .429 save percentage. The Cardinal is outscoring teams, 47-21, including 28-7 in the first half. Stanford is also nearly perfect in clear attempts, going 30-of-31 (.968).
Scouting The Gaels
Jocelyn Lubert scored St. Mary's lone goal against Stanford. Goalie Sydney Pinello recorded four sves in the game, as the Gaels were outshot by a 28-2 margin. St. Mary's won two draw controls and was 4-of-6 on clear attempts.
Harvard Against The Nation's Best
The Crimson is slated to face five teams currently ranked in the Nike/LM Division I national poll this season. Beginning with the game against No. 17 Stanford Feb. 27, the Crimson will also face No. 2 Syracuse March 16, No. 6 Princeton March 26, No. 16 Penn April 16 and No. 14 Boston College April 20.
Senior goalie Kelly Weis has made 343 saves in her career, good for seventh-most in program history. Weis is seven stops shy of tying Kathryn Tylander '08 for sixth.
Senior attacker Marisa Romeo is 16 goals away from tying Kelly McBride for 11th for career tallies. Romeo has scored 89 during her career in Cambridge.
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.
Welcome, Class of 2020!
Harvard has eight freshmen newcomers to the roster this season: Nicole Baiocco, Colleen Burke, Caroline Garrity, Marley Jenkins, Keeley MacAfee, Claire Rushin, Rosemary Scalise and Ali Thaler. The class of 2020 consists of three attackers, three midfielders and two defenders.
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.
Following the trip to California, the Crimson will head to New York to take on Columbia in the Ivy League opener Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m. The game will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network.