Harvard will play UMass in its home opener tomorrow afternoon (3 p.m.) at Jordan Field. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's lacrosse (1-1) will play its season opener tomorrow afternoon (Feb. 27) at 3 p.m. against Massachusetts (1-1). The game will air on ESPN+. The two teams will meet for the 35th time and for the third straight season.
What to Know
• Senior captains Nicole Baiocco, Marley Jenkins, and Keeley MacAfee will help guide the Crimson. MacAfee, an All-Ivy League First Team and IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team selection, is Harvard's leading returner. She notched 78 points (53 goals, 25 assists) a season ago. Jenkins, a defender, saw action in 10 games in 2018, starting in nine with two goals on the season. A draw control specialist, she earned 26 draw controls on the year, with three caused turnovers and a ground ball. Baiocco was also a key part of Harvard's attack last year, notching 41 points (14 goals, 21 assists).
• Senior midfielder Caroline Garrity matched a career high with three goals in Harvard's loss to No. 1 Boston College on Saturday afternoon. Garrity leads the team with five goals on the season, nearly halfway to her career high of 11.
• UMass holds an 18-16 edge in the all-time series against Harvard, which dates back to 1979. In the last meeting between the two teams last season on March 22, 2018, Harvard led 11-7 at halftime before a late UMass run gave the home team the victory. Keeley MacAfee had five goals and three assists to lead the Crimson offense while Celia Concannon matched a career high with four ground balls and added two caused turnovers.
• Picked second in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll, UMass returns five of its top seven scorers from the 2018 campaign in which it finished 14-5 (8-1 A10). However, the Minutewomen will look to replace a combined 171 points from graduated seniors Holly Turner and Hannah Burnett. Kiley Anderson leads the team with nine goals in UMass' first two games, with Haley Connaughton (four goals, five assists), and Kaitlyn Cerasi (two goals, seven assists) also providing offense.
• The Crimson finished the 2018 campaign with wins in three of its last four games, capping off the year with a 6-9 record. Senior attack Julia Glynn earned Ivy League Attacker of the Year, finishing the season with 95 points (69 goals, 26 assists), the third most in a single campaign in program history. Harvard finished second in the Ivy League with an average of 15.07 goals per game.
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Harvard will play its Ivy League opener on Saturday (March 2) at Cornell, with the game beginning at 12 p.m. on ESPN+.