Harvard (3-2) vs.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team (3-2) will take on No. 7 Syracuse (4-2) on Friday afternoon at Tierney Field, located at the US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md. Through five games, the Crimson leads all Ivy institutions averaging 16.00 goals per game. Senior Julia Glynn, after an 11-point outburst (eight goals, three assists) in a 19-18 win over Bryant on Saturday, is third in the nation with an average of 6.4 points per game, and sixth in the NCAA with an average of 4.2 goals per game. The eight goals by Glynn were the second most in a single game by a Harvard player in program history.
Junior Keeley MacAfee is also among the nation's best (9th, NCAA) on offense, averaging 5.6 points per game and 4.2 goals per game (6th NCAA). In back-to-back 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.
Last Time Out
On Saturday, senior midfielder Julia Glynn had a career day, with eight goals and three assists to lead Harvard women's lacrosse (3-2) to a thrilling 19-18 win over Bryant (2-2) at Jordan Field. Junior Keeley MacAfee added four goals and three assists, and Robyn White scored the deciding goal with :24 left in regulation to lead the Crimson to victory. For the game, Harvard held the advantage on shots (42-34) and ground balls (15-14), with the Bulldogs holding a 19-18 edge on draw controls.
Syracuse Series History
Harvard and Syracuse have met eight times before, with the Orange winning all previous meetings. Last year, the two teams played a thriller in Winter Park, Florida, as Harvard rallied from a four-goal deficit in the second half to force overtime in a 17-16 (OT) win for the Orange. Julia Glynn scored four goals, all in the second half to lead the comeback for the Crimson.
Syracuse is third in the nation in scoring offense (17.17 goals per game). The Orange features a balanced scoring attack, with seven players with 10 or more points. Emily Hawryschuk leads the group with 19 points (18 goals, assists), with Ali Jimerson (six goals, 10 assists), and Sam Swart (14 goals, assist) also main contributors. Asa Goldstock(46 saves, .418 save percentage) has started all six games in net for Syracuse.
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 play a midweek contest next Wednesday at UMass with game time at 7 p.m.