Harvard returns home to host Yale at Jordan Field on Sunday. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's lacrosse (4-4, 0-1 Ivy League) returns home to Jordan Field to host Yale 4-3 (0-2 Ivy league on Sunday (March 24) at 1 p.m. The game will air on NESN and can also be viewed on ESPN+. The Crimson saw a seven-game winning streak in the series against Yale snapped last year in a 16-15 (OT) win for the Bulldogs. The Crimson has won the last five meetings in Cambridge.
What to Know
• Harvard split its central New York spring break trip, defeating Binghamton last Saturday (March 16), 12-8, before falling to No. 4 Syracuse, 15-6. Against Binghamton, senior captain Keeley MacAfee had her best performance of the season, matching her career high with eight points (five goals, three assists) in the win. First-year Shea Jenkins had seven draw controls, and classmate Grace Hulslander added five draw controls, as Harvard had a 15-7 edge in that category. MacAfee finished the two-game trip with a team best 12 points (eight goals, four assists), after adding three goals and an assist against Syracuse.
• Senior midfielder Keeley MacAfee leads the team with 29 points (21 goals, eight assists). She is eighth in the Ivy League with 2.63 goals per game. First year Grace Hulslander has 18 points (13 goals, four assists), sophomore Madison Conklin has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) on the year and senior captain Nicole Baiocco has five goals and five assists. Senior midfielder Caroline Garrity has nine goals, nearing her career high of 11.
• On the defensive end, sophomore goalie Grace Rotondo has started all eight games, with 68 saves and 20 ground balls so far this season. Rotondo is third in the Ivy League with an average of 8.50 saves per game. First year Shea Jenkins leads the team with 23 ground balls, while Grace Hulslander has 26 draw controls to pace Harvard. Senior Colleen Burke has a team best six caused turnovers.
• Harvard and Yale will meet for the 48th time in women's lacrosse, with the Crimson owning a 25-21-1 advantage in the all-time series. In the last meeting, on March 3, 2018, Keeley MacAfee recorded six goals, and Harvard rallied with two goals in the final 5:00 of play to tie the game, only to see the Bulldogs prevail in overtime. Nicole Baiocco added two goals and Caroline Garrity had a goal and three ground balls.
• 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).
Harvard heads to Dartmouth next Saturday (March 30) to take on Dartmouth at 2 p.m. The game will air on NESNplus.