CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team (3-3) takes on UMass (4-3) on Thursday afternoon (3:30 p.m.) in a game rescheduled from Wednesday due to the impending snow storm. On Sunday, Harvard will continue Ivy League play at Columbia (3-6) on Sunday morning (11 a.m.).
Glynn, MacAfee Power Harvard Offense
The Ivy League's top two scorers, senior Julia Glynn (23 goals, 12 assists) and junior Keeley MacAfee (24 goals, eight assists) have powered one of the nation's top offensive teams through the first six games of this season. The Crimson leads all Ivy institutions averaging 15.50 goals per game (10th, NCAA).
Glynn is fifth in the nation with an average of 5.83 points per game, and third in the Ivy League and 17th in the NCAA with an average of 3.83 goals per game. Glynn recorded an 11-point outburst (eight goals, three assists) in a 19-18 win over Bryant on March 10. The eight goals by Glynn were the second most in a single game by a Harvard player in program history.
MacAfee leads the Ivy League with an average of 4.00 goals per game (10th, NCAA) and is second to Glynn in the Ivy League, averaging 5.33 points per game (9th, NCAA). Earlier this season, 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.
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Senior goalie Olivia Gundrum is third in the Ivy League, averaging eight saves per game…Junior Nicole Baiocco has been excellent, with 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in six games. She is second on the team with an average of 1.5 assists per game...As a team, Harvard is fourth in the nation with a .517 shooting percentage (93 goals, 180 shots).
Last Time Out
On Friday, Keeley MacAfee had three goals and an assist, Robyn White added three goals, and Julia Glynn had two goals, an assist, and a pair of ground balls and caused turnovers, but Harvard fell to No. 7/8 Syracuse, 20-13, on Tierney Field at the US Lacrosse Headquarters.
UMass Series History
Harvard and UMass have met 33 times in a series that dates back to 1979. UMass leads the all-time series 17-16, with the two teams splitting the last four mettings.
The Minutewomen (4-3) are coming off a 11-10 double-overtime loss to No. 23 Cornell last Saturday at the U.S. Lacrosse Headquarters' Tierney Field. UMass continues to be led offensively this year by Holly Turner who has 30 points on 17 goals and a team-best 13 assists. Hannah Burnett is the team leader in goals with 22 through seven games. Lauren Hiller is the goalie of record for UMass with a 0.424 save percentage while averaging just over nine saves a game.
Columbia Series History
Harvard leads the all-time series against Columbia, 18-2, winning the last eight meetings against the Lions.
Alexandria Absey leads the Columbia attack, with 23 goals and a nation-leading .767 shooting percentage. Victoria Kalamaras leads the Ivy League with 18 assists on the season., while Lindsey Ewertsen tops the Ivy League with 2.33 caused turnovers 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 returns home next Saturday (March 31) to take on Dartmouth in a 1 p.m. contest at Harvard Stadium. The game will air on NESNplus and the Ivy League Network.