Harvard 6-2 on the road this spring (Penny Ashford).
Harvard makes its third-straight appearance in the Ivy League tournament, as the Crimson faces No. 9/12 Penn Friday at 7 p.m. in a game that will be shown live on the American Sports Network and the Ivy League Digital Network. In New England, the game will be broadcast on NESNplus.
The winner of Friday's semifinal games between No. 4 seed Harvard/No. 1 seed Penn and No. 3 seed Cornell/No. 2 seed Princeton will meet in the Ivy tournament championship game Sunday at 11 a.m. The winner of the final will earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
All three games this weekend will be broadcast live on the American Sports Network (ASN) and the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN).
Harvard is 0-3 against the Ivy League tournament field this spring, having fallen to Princeton, Penn and Cornell.
The Quakers boast a 3-0 record vs. the field, while the Tigers are 2-1, having defeated Harvard and Cornell, the Big Red stands 1-2, having topped the Crimson.
Last Time We Met
Marisa Romeo led Harvard with three goals, and Kelly Weis recorded seven saves, but the Crimson slipped on the road at No. 15/17 Penn by a score of 8-7 April 16. Alexis Nicolia chipped in with two goals, and Marina Burke and Nekele McCall each grabbed three ground balls.
Friday's game will mark the 46th game between Harvard and Penn, with the Quakers leading the series, 27-18. Penn, which won the first meeting, 12-4, in 1975, has won the last 18 games between the two Ancient Eight rivals, a streak which began with a 13-8 victory in 2001.
Harvard in the Ivy Tournament
Since the Ivy League tournament began in 2010, Harvard has advanced to the conference postseason in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 to own a 1-4 overall record. In 2011, the Crimson defeated Dartmouth to advance to the final where Harvard fell to Princeton, 12-10. The following season, Harvard dropped its semifinal game to Penn, 9-5.
In 2014, the Crimson slipped in double overtime to Penn, 10-9, and last year, Princeton downed Harvard by a score of 15-8.
Ivy Tournament Champions
Harvard is looking to become the fourth Ivy League school to win the tournament.
Harvard in the NCAA PostseasonThe Crimson is seeking its first berth in the NCAA tournament since 1994. Harvard has qualified for the NCAA postseason nine times, taking home its only national championship in 1990. The Crimson, 7-8 all-time in the NCAA tournament, reached the title game in 1989 and 1992.
Seven members were named to the All-Ivy team as Junior attacker Marisa Romeo, senior midfielder Audrey Todd and junior defender Emma Ford earned nods to the first team, while sophomore attacker Julia Glynn, senior midfielder Alexis Nicolia and junior defender Marina Burke received second-team accolades. Junior midfielder Megan Hennessey was tabbed All-Ivy honorable mention. Seven all-conference selections marks the most for Harvard since 2012.
In addition, the following players earned Ivy League weekly honors this season: Julia Glynn (Ivy Offensive POW April 4), Marisa Romeo (Ivy Offensive POW March 7), Kelly Weis (Ivy Defensive POW April 11, May 2).
Senior goalie Kelly Weis has made 432 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 ranks seventh in Harvard history with 154 (114-40-154) career points. Romeo is tied for ninth with 114 career goals with Danielle Tetreault '13 (114).
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.
Stat SheetThrough April 28, the Crimson ranked 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 (10.93), ground balls per game (18.0), and caused turnovers per game (9.87).
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.
Sharing the Ball in Ivy Games
In its seven Ivy games, four Crimson players have totaled at least 10 points: Marisa Romeo (14-10-24), Julia Glynn (19-10-19), Alexis Nicolia (13-3-16) and Maeve McMahon (7-6-13).
Hat TricksHarvard players have scored three or more goals in a game 15 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), Maeve McMahon (three), Megan Hennessey and Audrey Todd have recorded hat tricks for the Crimson.
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 BoundFormer 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.
Penn is the only team in the league to qualify for all seven Ivy League tournaments and has captured three tournament crowns.
The Quakers won a share of their ninth Ancient Eight title in the last 10 years after downing Cornell, 10-6, April 30.
Ivy League Attacker of the Year and Tewaaraton Award nominee Nina Corcoran leads the nation with 48 assists and 3.2 per game. Her 48 dishes this season set the Penn single-season record, while her 117 career assists rank third all-time in Ivy history.
Alex Condon tabbed Ivy League Player of the Week and Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine National Player of the Week honors after racking up four goals, four draw controls, and a pair of caused turnovers and ground balls. Condon leads the Quakers with 33 goals and is tied for second with 22 ground balls.
Karin Corbett is in her 17th season at the helm and boasts an overall record of 187-97 and is 87-35 in Ivy League contests. Corbett has guided the Quakers to nine-straight NCAA appearances.
Harvard fell to Penn, 8-7, in its last matchup April 16 at Franklin Field. Marisa Romeo capped her hat trick with 33 seconds left, but Harvard could not muster another score to send it into overtime.