Maeve McMahon and the Crimson are off to a 2-1 start (Gil Talbot).
Coming off a 21-2 win at St. Mary's Feb. 28, the Harvard women's lacrosse team will open Ivy League play at conference rival Columbia Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m.
The Crimson stands at 2-1 overall, while the Lions enter the weekend at 1-1. The game will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Ivy League Digital Network
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.
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 six more non-conference opponents this spring, beginning with the home opener against New Hampshire March 12. In 2015, Harvard owned a record of 4-5 in non-Ivy games and is currently 2-1 this spring after topping Hofstra, 16-8, in the season opener, and St. Mary's, 21-2, Feb. 28.
Harvard and Columbia have met 18 times since the inaugural meeting in 1998, which was a 16-9 victory in favor of the Crimson. Harvard owns a 16-2 edge in the series and has won six-straight games. The Crimson is also a perfect 8-0 against the Lions in New York.
Scouting The Crimson
Through three games, Julia Glynn paces the Crimson with seven goals and 10 points. Keeley MacAfee (3-5-8), Maeve McMahon (4-3-7) and Marisa Romeo (6-0-6) have also had the scoring touch early this spring.
Megan Hennessey leads the way with seven ground balls, while Glynn has collected six and has a team-high eight caused turnovers. McMahon has come down with eight draw controls, the most on the Crimson. Goalie Kelly Weis has started all three games and owns a 9.89 goals-against average and .476 save percentage.
Harvard is outscoring opponents, 41-23, and has an edge in shots, 104-52. The Crimson also leads in ground balls, 52-28, draw controls, 36-33, and caused turnovers, 29-16.
Scouting The Lions
Caroline Joy (5-1-6) and Sara Ruzzi (4-1-5) are Columbia's leading scorers. Jessie Ambrose and Lindsey Ewertsen have both collected seven ground balls, with Ewersten and Laine Parsons also tying for the team lead with three draw controls. Ambrose and Ewertsen have each caused four turnovers, also the most on the Lions.
Goalie Kelsey Gedin has recorded 15 saves and boasts an 8.48 goals-against average and .469 save percentage.
Columbia won dropped its opener, 6-5, to Drexel Feb. 20, but is coming off a 14-11 win at Fairfield Feb. 24. The Lions have outscored opponents, 19-17, including 11-7 in the second half, and have the edge in ground balls, 44-34, and caused turnovers, 15-12.
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. The Crimson will face No. 2 Syracuse March 16, No. 6 Princeton March 26, No. 19 Penn April 16 and No. 15 Boston College April 20.
Harvard fell at No. 17 Stanford, 13-4, Feb. 27.
Senior goalie Kelly Weis has made 353 saves in her career, good for sixth-most in program history. Weis is 12 saves shy of tying Charlotte Worsley '82 (365) for fifth.
Senior attacker Marisa Romeo is 14 goals away from tying Kelly McBride '87 for 11th for career tallies. Romeo has scored 91 during her career in Cambridge.
Margin of Victory
On Feb. 28, Harvard earned a 21-2 non-conference win at St. Mary's. The 19-goal margin of victory marked the most for the Crimson since defeating Stanford, also by a 21-2 score on March 31, 1995.
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.
Harvard will host New Hampshire in the Crimson's home opener Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m. The game, which will be held at Jordan Field, will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network.