Women's Lacrosse Opens Ivy League Play at Cornell on Saturday

Women's Lacrosse Opens Ivy League Play at Cornell on Saturday

Harvard will open Ivy League play tomorrow (12 p.m.) at Cornell. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
 Harvard women's lacrosse (2-1) will open Ivy League play on the road at Cornell (0-2) on Saturday (March 2) at noon.  The game will air on ESPN+. The two teams will meet for the 41st time, with the Crimson snapping a five-game skid in the series with a 14-13 win on Senior Day (April 28, 2018) last year at Harvard Stadium.

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What to Know
• Harvard is coming off of an 18-12 win against UMass in its home opener at Jordan Field on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore Madison Conklin recorded a career best five points, including single game high of four goals. First-year Grace Hulslander led all scorers with six points (four goals, two assists), also a career best. Junior Katie Muldoon matched a career best with two goals and sophomore goalie Grace Rotondo made a career best 15 saves in the win for the Crimson. The win was the first at home for Devon Wills, The Carole Kleinfelder Head Coach for Harvard Women's Lacrosse.

• Senior midfielder Keeley MacAfee leads the team with 11 points (eight goals, three assists). First year Grace Hulslander has eight points (six goals, two assists), and senior midfielder Caroline Garrity has seven goals, nearing her career high of 11. Madison Conklin also has seven points (five goals, two assists) on the year.

• On the defensive end, sophomore goalie Grace Rotondo has started all three games, with 29 saves and seven ground balls so far this season. First year Shea Jenkins leads the team with eight ground balls, while Hulslander has 13 draw controls to pace Harvard. Sophomore Celia Concannon has a team best three caused turnovers.

• Harvard owns a 24-16 edge in the all-time series against Cornell, with the Crimson prevailing 14-13 In the last meeting between the two teams last season on April 28, 2018. In that contest Julia Glynn had five goals, Keeley MacAfee added three goals and an assist, and goalkeeper Olivia Gundrum made six saves to lead the Crimson, which outscored Cornell 12-5 in the first half, then held Cornell to one goal over the final 14:23 to earn the win.

• Senior captains Nicole BaioccoMarley 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).

Up Next
Harvard returns to Jordan Field next Wednesday (March 6) to host Boston University in a 6 p.m. contest. The game will air on ESPN+.