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The Harvard women's lacrosse team (8-7, 4-3 Ivy) will meet a familiar foe as it heads into its fourth-straight Ivy League Tournament appearance. The Crimson, the four-seed in the tournament, is set to meet No. 11 Cornell (11-4, 6-1 Ivy), who earned the top seed and the right to host the event after winning the goal-differential tiebreaker between Penn, Princeton and itself. Harvard and Cornell met last Saturday at Schoellkopf Field with the Big Red taking a 13-6 decision.
The winner of Friday's semifinal games between No. 4 seed Harvard/No. 1 seed Cornell and No. 3 seed Princeton/No. 2 seed Penn 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 by American Sports Network and shown locally in the Boston area on NESNplus and the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN).
Ticket and Parking Info
Detailed ticket and parking information is provided via tournament host Cornell HERE. Please note that parking on the Cornell campus requires a parking pass prior to 5 p.m.
How We Got Here
Harvard earned the No. 4 seed, posting a 4-3 record in the Ivy League. The seeding of the top three finishers, Cornell, Penn and Princeton came down to a goal differential tiebreaker, as each posted 6-1 records. Cornell won that tiebreaker, earning the top seed and the right to host the Ivy League Tournament in Ithaca, New York. Cornell's lone Ivy loss this season came in double overtime to Princeton, while Penn lost to the Big Red in early March and Penn defeated Princeton in mid-April. Harvard fell to all three teams this season.
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
In the regular season finale, the Crimson fell behind Cornell, 6-1, less than 10 minutes in and was unable to overcome the deficit, falling on the road, 13-6. Junior Olivia Gundrum made a career-high 10 saves in goal, while Julia Glynn and Katie Muldoon each potted two goals. The Harvard defense forced Cornell into 16 turnovers in the game.
Harvard leads the all-time series against Cornell, 23-15, with 19 of those victories coming in the first 19 meetings from 1980-98. Cornell responded by winning the next 10 meetings and with Saturday's victory has won the last three.
Ivy Tournament History
In earning its spot in the Ivy League Tournament, the Crimson will be playing in its fourth-straight postseason. Harvard has reached the Ivy Tournament in five of the previous seven years (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016) since the inception of the event in 2010. The Crimson is 1-4 in the Ivy Tournament with its lone victory coming over Dartmouth in 2011, 11-10.
Cornell is the defending Ivy League Tournament champions, after defeating Princeton and Penn in one-goal games last season in Philadelphia. The Big Red is the fourth team to win an Ivy Tournament title and its two wins last year were its first in the conference postseason.
To end this season, the Big Red snapped a two-game losing skid with its win over Harvard. Cornell had dropped games to Syracuse and Princeton before hosting the Crimson in the regular season finale. Cornell boasts an 11-4 overall record, highlighted by an eight-game win streak from March 4 – April 8.
Cornell has relied heavily on its defense this season, ranking sixth in the nation and second in the Ivy League in scoring defense at 8.27 goals per game allowed. Senior goaltender Renee Poullott is second in the conference and ninth nationally with an 8.18 goals-against average and ranks fourth nationally with a save percentage of .529.
Two Big Red players have eclipsed 50 points this season, as senior Amie Dickson leads the team with 33 assists and 58 points, while classmate Catherine Ellis has 37 goals and 50 points.
Harvard in the NCAA Postseason
The 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.
A total of 12 different Harvard student-athletes have been named to the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll at least once this season. Senior Maeve McMahon has been selected four times, while Marina Burke and Keeley MacAfee each have three selections to their credit.
In addition, the following student-athletes have at least one selection: Meridith Brown, Emma Ford, Caroline Garrity, Julia Glynn, Olivia Gundrum, Megan Hennessey, Julia Lennon, Nekele McCall and Marisa Romeo.
Player of the Week
Three times this season, senior Marissa Romeo has been selected as the Ivy League 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. Most recently, she earned the accolade for her five-goal performance in Harvard's win at Brown April 15.
High Conversion Rate
Harvard has made opponents pay for giving them free position attempts this season, converting at a 51.4 percent clip, the 11th-highest in the nation and tops in the Ivy League. Marisa Romeo has scored 10 times from the free position to lead the Crimson this season, while Keeley MacAfee has been an efficient 5-for-6.
Seven Harvard student-athletes have combined for 23 hat tricks this season. Marisa Romeo leads the way with 11, including three games with at least five goals. Other players with hat tricks this season include: Megan Hennessey, Julia Glynn, Keeley MacAfee, Hannah Keating, Maeve McMahon and Caroline Garrity.
Four times this season, Harvard has scored at least 17 goals in a game, winning all four. For the year, Harvard is averaging 13.00 goals per game, second-most in the Ivy League.
Opposing goaltenders will keep busy when facing the Crimson. Harvard ranks 11th in the country and first in the Ivy League, averaging 25.67 shots on goal per game. Marisa Romeo paces the Crimson, putting 5.53 shots per game on goal, ninth-most nationally.
Harvard has been one of the best teams in the country this year in limiting turnovers. At 13.80 per game, the Crimson averages the fewest in the Ivy League and the third fewest in the country. Maryland has the top mark in the nation at 12.41.
At the other end of the field, Harvard's defense has been among the best units in the nation in forcing its opposition into turnovers. The Crimson is averaging 10.47 caused turnovers per game, tops in the Ancient Eight and 27th in the country.
Senior Marisa Romeo became the fourth player in Harvard women's lacrosse history to eclipse 200 points on Sunday, April 2. Romeo scored five times and had two assists, helping her become the first player since Liz Berkley '93 to reach the 200-point plateau.
1st – Francesca Dehnartog '83 - 315
2nd – Maureen Finn '83 – 306
3rd – Marisa Romeo '17 – 223
2nd – Maureen Finn '83 - 182
T3rd – Liz Berkery '93 - 161
T3rd – Marisa Romeo '17 – 161
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.