CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team (3-6) plays two games this week, a midweek contest at BU (3-6) on Wednesday night (7 p.m.) followed by a battle with Ivy League rival No. 20 Princeton (5-4, 1-1 Ivy League) on Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.) at Harvard Stadium.
The Terriers have played a difficult non-conference schedule, with games against four ranked opponents, including an 18-11 setback against No. 7 Loyola (Md.) last Saturday. Princeton split games against No. 11 Syracuse (L, 17-16) and Delaware (W, 15-6) last week.
Harvard is coming off a hard fought 18-14 loss to No. 18 Dartmouth last Saturday. Junior Keeley MacAfee led the Crimson with four goals and three assists in the contest.
Glynn, MacAfee Power Harvard Offense
The Ivy League's top two scorers, senior Julia Glynn (37 goals, 16 assists) and junior Keeley MacAfee (37 goals, 15 assists) have powered one of the nation's top offensive teams through the first nine games of this season.
Glynn is third in the nation (1st, Ivy League) with an average of 5.89 points per game, and first in the Ivy League and fourth in the NCAA with an average of 4.11 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 is also fourth in the nation and tops in the Ivy League with an average of 4.11 goals per game (6th, NCAA) and just second to Glynn in the Ivy League, averaging 5.78 points per game (6th, NCAA). Earlier this season, in 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.
More Harvard Leaders
Senior goalie Olivia Gundrum is fourth in the Ivy League, averaging eight saves per game…Junior Nicole Baiocco has been excellent, with 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in nine games. She leads the team with an average of 1.89 assists per game (3rd, Ivy League)…As a team, Harvard is ninth in the nation with a .482 shooting percentage (137 goals, 284 shots)…Harvard is 10th in the nation and tops in the Ivy League with an average of 22.44 points per game.
BU Series History
Harvard and BU have met 24 times in a series that dates back to 1976. Harvard leads the all-time series 13-11, winning three of the last four meetings.
BU is among the top teams in the nation with an average of 19.89 ground balls per game. The Terriers are surrendering 14.44 goals per game (100th, NCAA). Kailey Conry leads the Patriot League and ranks 16th nationally with 2.25 assists per game and ranks fourth in the league with 4.13 points per game. Avery Donahoe leads the team with 21 goals and owns four hat tricks this season.
Princeton Series History
Harvard and Princeton have met 48 times, at least once every year since 1975. The Tigers lead the all-time series 30-18, with the Crimson looking for its first win in the series since 2012.
Princeton leads the Ivy League with an average of 20.44 ground balls per game, and is second in the Ivy League with an average of 9.22 caused turnovers per contest. Kyla Sears leads the team with 39 points (29 goals, 10 assists). Alex Argo is one of Princeton's top defensive players, leading the Tigers with an average of 2.44 ground balls per game (3rd Ivy League).
Last Time Out
Despite four goals and three assists from junior Keeley MacAfee, Harvard fell 18-14 to No. 18 Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium. Harvard held a 17-16 edge on ground balls, but Dartmouth had a 35-31 advantage on shots, and a 20-13 edge on draw controls. Harvard goalkeeper Grace Rotondo, who entered the game at the 12:12 mark, made nine saves, while Kiera Vrindten made seven stops for Dartmouth.
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.
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.
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 head to UMass-Lowell next Wednesday (6 p.m.) in a road contest and then will be back at home next Saturday (April 14) to take on Brown in a 1 p.m. contest at Harvard Stadium. That game will air on NESNplus and the Ivy League Network.