Marisa Romeo and the Crimson are 5-2 on the road this season (Penny Ashford).
The Harvard women's lacrosse team will play its final game of the regular season when it visits Yale Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m to compete for a spot in the Ivy League Tournament.
The Crimson heads into the matchup 8-6 overall and 3-3 in the Ivy League, while the Bulldogs are 5-9 and 2-4 in the Ivy League. The game will be shown 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.
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 Saturday against Yale 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.
Harvard holds a slight advantage in the all-time series against Yale, 23-20-1. The Crimson has come away with a win in the last five meetings with the Bulldogs.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's lacrosse team jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first half and then cruised to a 12-5 victory Tuesday, April 26 at UMass Lowell. Junior Marisa Romeo led the Crimson attack with six points on two goals and four assists.
Scouting The Crimson
Marisa Romeo paces the Crimson with 27 goals (27-15-42), while Julia Glynn (19-19-38) is the team leader in assists. Maeve McMahon (20-8-28), Alexis Nicolia (25-3-28), Audrey Todd (16-5-21), Keeley MacAfee (8-8-16) and Eliza Guild (10-3-13) 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 leads the team in all games with 34 ground balls, while Nekele McCall has 38 draw controls and Marina Burke has caused 17 turnovers. In net, Kelly Weis has started every game and owns an 8.48 goals-against average and a .463 save percentage.
Harvard is outscoring teams, 10.79 to 8.29, per game, and has been nearly perfect on clear attempts, going 193-of-203 (.951). The Crimson is 3-4 at home and 5-2 on the road.
Scouting The Bulldogs
Yale has dropped five straight games after defeating Columbia, 10-9, on March 26. Tess McEvoy (33-8-41) and Hope Hanley (15-7-22) are the team's leading scorers.
Goalie Sydney Marks has started every game between the pipes. She has posted a 10.00 goals-against average and a .459 save percentage. Kate Walker leads the team in caused turnovers (17) and is tied for the most ground balls (26). Nicole Daniggelis has won 78 draw controls.
The Crimson finished the regular season 5-3 in non-conference play, topping Hofstra, 16-8, in the season opener, Saint Mary's, 21-2, Feb. 28, New Hampshire, 12-11, March 13, Holy Cross, 13-3, March 22, and UMass Lowell, 12-5, April 26.
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.
The Crimson rank 15th in the nation in caused turnovers per game (10.07), 25th in ground balls per game (18.29) and 29th in scoring margin (2.50).
Individually, Kelly Weis appeares 30th in goals-against average (8.48).
Harvard leads the Ivy League in scoring offense (10.79), ground balls per game (18.29), and caused turnovers per game (10.07).
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 recorded hat tricks for the Crimson.
Senior goalie Kelly Weis has made 421 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 is tied for eighth in Harvard history with 148 career points, and is only five points behind Sarah Winters '95 (153) who ranks seventh. Romeo is 10th with 112 career goals, trailing Danielle Tetreault '13 (114) by two tallies for ninth.
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.
A Crimson victory would grant Harvard the fourth and final spot in the upcoming Ivy League Tournament May 6-8. The semi-final matchup between the No. 4 and No. 1 seeds is set to take place Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. and will be shown live on the American Sports Network and the Ivy League Digital Network. The top three seeds and the location of the tournament will be finalized after this weekend's set of games.