Women’s Lacrosse Takes Three-Game Win Streak into Saturday Contest Against No. 6 Syracuse

Julia Lennon and the Crimson face No. 6 Syracuse in Florida Saturday (Gil Talbot).
Julia Lennon and the Crimson face No. 6 Syracuse in Florida Saturday (Gil Talbot).


Live Stats
Last Meeting

Harvard (4-1, 1-0 Ivy) vs.
No. 6 Syracuse (7-2, 2-0 ACC)
March 18, 2017
7 p.m.
Barker Family Stadium at Cahall-Sandspur Field
Live Stats
L, 16-9 (March 16, 2016)
Harvard trails, 0-7

The Storyline
The Harvard women's lacrosse team (4-1, 1-0 Ivy) heads to Winter Park, Florida this Saturday to take on No. 6 Syracuse (7-2, 2-0 ACC) in a neutral site matchup at Rollins College. The game will be played at 7 p.m. at the Barker Family Stadium at Cahall-Sandspur Field.

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Last Time Out
Playing its first game of the season on Jordan Field Monday against Ohio State, the Crimson scored the game's final seven goals to post a 13-7 victory. The win was the third in a row for Harvard and improved them to 4-1 on the year. It was a full team effort for the Crimson, who posted a 14-8 draw control edge, 18-13 lead in ground balls and took 15 more shots (32-17) than the Buckeyes.

Offensive Onslaught
Harvard takes the seventh-best scoring offense and 13th-largest scoring margin into Saturday's matchup. The Crimson is averaging 15.40 goals per game and is outscoring its opponents by 5.40 goals. Both of those numbers rank first in the Ancient Eight. Marisa Romeo leads the team with a 3.60 goals per game mark, second-most in the conference and seventh-best among all of Division I lacrosse.

That's Mine
Harvard is gathering an average of 15.80 draw controls per game, the fifth-best mark in the nation. Maeve McMahon is collecting five per game, the second-best in the Ivy League and 25th in country.

Scouting Syracuse
After starting the season 7-0, the Orange has lost its last two outings to No. 1 Maryland and No. 3 Florida. The Gators took a 19-12 decision over the Orange Tuesday evening, while the Terrapins posted a 17-7 victory last Saturday.

Junior Riley Donahue paces the Syracuse offense with 29 points and 17 goals. Sophomore Nicole Levy comes into the matchup with 16 goals and 25 points. Morgan Widner ranks second in the nation in draw controls per game with 9.00. Freshman Asa Goldstock has started between the pipes in all nine games this year, sporting a .446 save mark and a 10.26 goals-against mark.

Series History
Syracuse owns a 7-0 record in the all-time series against Harvard. The Orange won last year's meeting, 16-9, and the matchup two years ago in Deland, Florida, 11-10.

Weekly Honors
Marisa Romeo's five-goal, two-assist effort in the win over Yale led her to receiving Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Ivy League March 6. The seven points matched her career-high. She scored four times in the opening half against the Bulldogs and then scored the would-be game-winner with 5:47 left.

Climbing the Record Books
Senior Marisa Romeo continued her ascension up the Harvard record books this season.

Career Goals
3rd – Liz Berkery '93 - 161
4th – Kaitlin Martin '09 – 139
5th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 132

Career Assists
5th – Sara Floco '10 - 52
6th – Megan Cooligan '95 – 47
7th – Marisa Romeo '17 - 45
8th – Jen White '83 – 43
9th – Sarah Winter '95 – 42
11th – Julia Glynn '18 – 39

Career Points
3rd – Liz Berkery '93 -  202
4th - Kaitlin Martin '09 - 195
5th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 177

Leading the Way
The senior trio of Emma FordMegan Hennessey and Maeve McMahon will serve as the team captains for the 2017 season.

Welcome Aboard
Nine freshmen join the Crimson this season. Joining Harvard's attack are Kristin BurnettaIsabella Di PietroJulia DiNovi and Hannah Keating. Uniting with the midfield are Sara CamiJackie CuccurulloBridget Flynn and Katie Muldoon, and the lone rookie defender is Tate Green.

Up Next
The Crimson will return home for another three-game homestand beginning with Massachusetts March 22 at 7 p.m. Ivy League action picks back up against Columbia March 25 and then Stanford visits March 28.