Harvard hosts UMass on NESNplus Wednesday (Penny Ashford).
The Harvard women's lacrosse team (4-2, 1-0 Ivy) welcomes Massachusetts to Harvard Stadium Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. tilt that will be broadcast live on NESNplus, NESN National and the Ivy League Digital Network.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth 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. The ILDN is also available on Apple TV and Roku. 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.
Last Time Out
Harvard rallied from a six-goal deficit Saturday night against No. 6 Syracuse to force overtime in a neutral site game in Winter Park, Florida. Julia Glynn scored three times and Marisa Romeo potted two goals during Harvard's second-half rally that culminated with a Nicole Baiocco tally with nine seconds remaining, but the Orange scored the game-winner in overtime to hold on for the victory.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard had its three-game win streak snapped with its overtime loss to No. 6 Syracuse, 17-16, last Saturday. The Crimson return home, beginning a three-game homestand Wednesday against UMass. Columbia visits Cambridge Saturday and then Stanford comes eastbound Tuesday, March 28. The Crimson defense has done a good job all season limiting opponents opportunities, holding its foes to less than 11 goals per game, while the offense averages 15.50 each time out.
Harvard is one of the most proficient draw control teams in the nation, ranking sixth with an average of 15.83 per game. Maeve McMahon has been critical in the draw control success of the Crimson, corralling one-third of Harvard's each game at 5.33. That number ranks second in the Ivy League and 19th in the nation. In four of six games this year, McMahon has had at least six draw controls, including 15 over her last two games against Ohio State and Syracuse.
Goals on Goals
Harvard ranks seventh in the country, and first in the Ivy League in scoring, averaging 15.50 goals per game. The Crimson has scored at least 16 goals in half of its games this year and is outscoring opponents by a margin of 4.33.
Marisa Romeo leads the Crimson offense, averaging more than a hat trick each time out at 3.5 goals per game. That figure ranks 10th in the nation and second in the Ancient Eight. Keeley MacAfee is second on the team with a 2.83 goal per game mark, eighth-best in the Ivy League.
UMass enters Wednesday's matchup with a 3-3 overall record. The Minutewomen have won two straight though, having down Connecticut, 10-9, in overtime March 5 and then downing New Hampshire, 13-4 March 10.
Senior Hannah Murphy and junior Holly Turner pace UMass with 18 points apiece, but redshirt junior Hannah Burnett has a team-high 12 goals. Murphy is also one of the top draw control players in the country, averaging 7.0 per contest, the fourth-best mark in the country. Freshman Lauren Hiller has played every minute in goal this season, allowing an average of 11.93 goals per outing.
The all-time series between the Crimson and Minutewomen is event at 16-16. The series dates back to 1979 and Harvard's seven-game win streak from 1988 – 1997 is the longest for either team. The teams have not met since a Feb. 27, 2010 matchup in Amherst, a 10-8 Harvard triumph.
Twice this season, senior Marissa Romeo has been selected as the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week. She first earned the honor March 6, posting seven points (5g, 2a) in a win over Yale. She garnered her second honor March 20 after racking up 11 points against Ohio State and Syracuse. The Crimson defeated the Buckeyes and rallied from six goals down to force overtime against the Orange.
Climbing the Record Books
Senior Marisa Romeo continued her ascension up the Harvard record books this season.
3rd – Liz Berkery '93 - 161
4th – Kaitlin Martin '09 – 139
5th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 135
3rd – Liz Berkery '93 - 202
4th - Kaitlin Martin '09 - 195
5th – Marisa Romeo '17 – 183
Nine freshmen join the Crimson this season. Joining Harvard's attack are Kristin Burnetta, Isabella Di Pietro, Julia DiNovi and Hannah Keating. Uniting with the midfield are Sara Cami, Jackie Cuccurullo, Bridget Flynn and Katie Muldoon, and the lone rookie defender is Tate Green.
Harvard jumps back into Ivy League competition this Saturday, hosting Columbia at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.