Tory Waldstein and the Crimson are 4-2 on the road this season (Penny Ashford).
The Harvard women's lacrosse team will make the short trip to Lowell, Massachusetts, as the Crimson visits UMass Lowell for the final non-conference game of the regular season Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
The Crimson heads into the matchup 7-6 overall and 3-3 in the Ivy League, while the River Hawks are 1-15 and 0-6 in the America East. The game will be shown live on AmericaEast.com.
Ivy League Digital Network (Tuesday's 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.
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.
Ivy Tournament Picture
The top four teams in the Ancient Eight standings at the end of the regular season will advance to the Ivy League tournament, to be held at the highest seed May 6-8. Harvard (3-3 Ivy League) currently sits in fourth place, trailing Cornell (5-1), Penn (5-1) and Princeton (5-1). Dartmouth and Yale (2-4) are tied for fifth.
A Harvard win over Yale April 30 would clinch the fourth seed for the Crimson. A win for the Bulldogs and a victory for Columbia against Dartmouth would give Yale the fourth slot, while a Dartmouth win over the Lions combined with a Yale win over Harvard would clinch the fourth seed to the Big Green. The Crimson would be eliminated with a loss at Yale.
Tuesday's game will mark the first time Harvard and UMass Lowell have played.
Last Time Out
Kelly Weis recorded seven saves, but the Crimson dropped its third-straight game, all to ranked team, falling at home to No. 16/20 Cornell by a score of 11-3 April 23. Keeley MacAfee, Alexis Nicolia and Audrey Todd tallied goals for Harvard.
Scouting The Crimson
Marisa Romeo paces the Crimson with 25 goals (25-11-36), while Julia Glynn (19-19-38) is the team leader in points and assists. Maeve McMahon (19-8-27), Alexis Nicolia (23-2-25), Audrey Todd (15-4-19), Keeley MacAfee (8-8-16) and Eliza Guild (9-3-12) have also reached double digits in scoring, giving Harvard depth in its offensive attack. In Ivy games, Glynn (9-10-19) and Romeo (12-6-18) pace the squad in scoring.
Megan Hennessey paces the team in all games with 31 ground balls, while Nekele McCall has 32 draw controls and Tory Waldstein and Marina Burke have caused 16 turnovers each. In net, Kelly Weis has started every game and owns an 8.85 goals-against average and a .460 save percentage.
Harvard is outscoring teams, 10.69 to 8.54, per game, and has been nearly perfect on clear attempts, going 177-of-187 (.947). The Crimson is 3-4 at home and 4-2 on the road.
Scouting The River Hawks
UMass Lowell has dropped 12-straight games after defeating Siena, 12-8, for the lone win of the year March 2. Noelle Lambert (15-6-21) and Taylor Sokol (14-7-21) are the team's leading scorers.
Goalie Courtney Barrett has grabbed 70 ground balls and has started every game between the pipes. She has posted a 13.31 goals-against mark and .445 save percentage. Kelly Moran has won 42 draw controls.
The Crimson will face one more non-conference opponent this spring, a road match at UMass Lowell April 26. In 2015, Harvard owned a record of 4-5 in non-Ivy games and is currently 4-3 this spring after topping Hofstra, 16-8, in the season opener, Saint Mary's, 21-2, Feb. 28, New Hampshire, 12-11, March 13 and Holy Cross, 13-3, March 22.
Harvard Against The Nation's Best
The Crimson has faced six teams currently ranked in the Nike/LM Division I national poll this season. Harvard is currently 0-6 against ranked foes this year.
Entering April 21, the Crimson ranked 19th in the nation in caused turnovers per game (10.2), 21st in ground balls per game (18.6) and 23rd in scoring margin (3.0).
Individually, Kelly Weis appeared 30th in goals-against average (8.64).
Through April 19, Harvard led the Ivy League in ground balls per game (17.92) and caused turnovers (9.61 per game).
Harvard players have scored three or more goals in a game 13 times this spring. Julia Glynn netted a Crimson season-high six goals in the 16-8 win at Hofstra Feb. 20 and then again in a 17-9 victory over Dartmouth April 2. Glynn (twice), Marisa Romeo (five times), Alexis Nicolia (three times), Maeve McMahon (twice) and Audrey Todd have the hat tricks for the Crimson.
Senior goalie Kelly Weis has made 420 saves in her career, putting her third in program history. Kelly Dermody '89 is second on the list with 452 career saves.
Junior attacker Marisa Romeo stands ninth with 142 career points, sixth behind Jennfer VanderMeulen '13 (148) for eighth. Romeo is 11th with 110 career goals, trailing Sarah Winters '95 (111) by one tally for 10th.
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 once again has 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 close out the regular season with a crucial Ivy League contest at archrival Yale April 30. A Crimson victory would guarantee Harvard would advance to the upcoming Ivy tournament May 6-8. The game will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network and is slated for a 1 p.m. start.