Harvard (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) vs.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard women's lacrosse team (1-0) heads out to California to take on No. 24 Stanford (0-2) and UC Davis (1-2) on Friday and Sunday this weekend. Harvard last traveled to California during the 2016 season, splitting games against Stanford and St. Mary's. Harvard and Stanford have played every year in women's lacrosse since 2011.
Last Time Out
Keeley MacAfee matched a career high with four goals, adding two assists, and Julia Glynn had three goals and two assists to lead Harvard women's lacrosse (1-0) to a 14-5 win over New Hampshire (1-1) in its season opener on Saturday afternoon.
The Crimson outshot the Wildcats, 33-28, and enjoyed the edge in ground balls, 28-19, and draw controls, 13-8. Goalie Olivia Gundrum made 14 saves in her second career start to earn the win. Freshman Tessa Queri also had a big day for the Crimson, recording three goals in her first game for Harvard.
Friday's game at Stanford will be a reunion for Nicole Baiocco with her younger sister Ali Baiocco, who is a freshman attack for the Cardinal. Ali Baiocco leads Stanford with four goals on the season, while Nicole recorded four points (goal, three assists) in Harvard's season opening win against UNH last weekend.
A Year Ago
The Crimson finished the 2017 campaign with an 8-8 record (4-3 Ivy League) and earned an Ivy League Tournament berth for the fourth straight season. First-team All-Ivy selection Marisa Romeo (50 goals, 25 assists) capped off her stellar career with a season for the record books in 2017, with the sixth most points (75) in a single season in program history. She finished her career with 229 points, becoming only the fourth player in program history to eclipse 200 for her career. Returners Julia Glynn (21 goals, four assists; Ivy League Honorable Mention) and Keeley MacAfee (37 goals, nine assist) had great seasons for Harvard. Senior goaltender Meredith Brown (7-7-0, 90 saves) also returns in net for Harvard.
Stanford Series History
Stanford holds a 7-3 advantage against Harvard in the all-time series, with Harvard last beating the Cardinal, 10-4, on March 28, 2012 at Harvard Stadium.
Stanford was picked to finish third in the inaugural Pac-12 Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Cardinal finished 12-6 in 2017 and concluded the season in the conference semifinals. The Cardinal returns Kelsey Murray, its all-time career leader in points. Murray has a 57-game point streak and has 231 career points.
Scouting UC Davis
Harvard and UC Davis will meet for the first time in women's lacrosse. The Aggies finished 2017 with a 6-11 mark, and return leading scorer, junior midfielder Taylor Cuenin, who already has eight goals this season after leading the Aggies with 53 points (42 goals, 11 assists) a year ago.
Kleinfelder a Hall of Famer
The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) inducted legendary former Harvard coach Carole Kleinfelder into the organization's first Hall of Fame class this past fall. Kleinfelder guided the Harvard women's lacrosse program as head coach for 25 seasons from 1979-2003. During that span, the Crimson captured 12 Ivy League championships, including seven straight from 1987-1993, and won the 1990 NCAA title. Kleinfelder coached Harvard to a 260-132-3 overall record and 109-67-1 conference mark, while also helping the Crimson earn 52 All-America selections by 28 players during her impressive tenure.
McGovern, Pisano On Board
Last summer, Harvard announced the addition of Kelsey McGovern and Robert Pisano to the coaching staff. McGovern comes to Harvard from Massachusetts where she served as the defensive and draw coach from 2016-17 and was a IWLCA All-American in 2013 as a player. Pisano joins Harvard after graduating from Marquette where he was a member of the men's lacrosse team all four years. The Needham, Massachusetts native has coached the club team Laxachussetts since 2013 providing guidance and leadership to kids aged 9-17.
Ivy League Network
The Ivy League 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 Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight conference's eight institutions.
Julia Glynn, Eliza Guild and Robyn White have been selected by their teammates to lead the Harvard women's lacrosse team as captains for the 2018 season.
Eight freshmen join the Crimson this season. Joining Harvard's attack is Madison Conklin, while aiding the defense will be Celia Concannon, Alison Crump, Gabrielle Fernandopulle, Lauren Ford, Tessa Queri, Camerin Rawson, and Grace Rotondo.
Harvard will kick off Ivy League play next Saturday at rival Yale with game time scheduled for 1 p.m.