CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team (2-2) returns home to Jordan Field on Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.) to take on Bryant (2-1). Through four games, the Crimson leads all Ivy institutions averaging 15.25 goals per game. Junior Keeley MacAfee is among the nation's best on offense, averaging 4.25 goals per game (1st Ivy League, 7th NCAA). In the last two contests against Yale and UC Davis, MacAfee became the first player during the tenure of Lisa Miller to record back-to-back games with six goals. Teammate Julia Glynn (13 goals, eight assists) and MacAfee (17 goals, four assists) both lead the Ivy League with an average of 5.25 points per game.
Last Time Out
Junior midfielder Keeley MacAfee recorded her second consecutive six-goal game, and senior midfielder Julia Glynn added three goals, two assists, and two caused turnovers but Harvard fell, 16-15, in overtime at Yale last Saturday. Yale outshot Harvard, 43-32, and enjoyed the edge in ground balls, 14-7, while the two teams were even in draw controls at 16-16. Junior attack Nicole Baiocco (two goals) added her second consecutive multiple-goal effort, and Olivia Gundrum made 11 saves in net for the Crimson.
Bryant Series History
Harvard and Bryant have met just once before, eight years ago, with the Bulldogs earning a 19-4 win over Harvard on March 28, 2010.
Last season, Bryant made its third appearance in the NCAA tournament in the five-year tenure of head coach Jill Batcheller and returns NEC Offensive Player of the Year Jess DeMeo, who leads the team with 13 points (11 goals, two assists) in four games this season. Bryant has one of the nation's best defensive units, allowing 7.67 goals per game.
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.
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 assists) had great seasons for Harvard. Senior goaltender Meredith Brown (7-7-0, 90 saves) also returns in net for Harvard.
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 take on No. 8 Syracuse in Sparks, Md. at the US Lacrosse headquarters on Friday in a 2 p.m. contest.