Harvard will play UMass-Lowell in a midweek contest tomorrow night on NESN (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's lacrosse (5-6, 1-3 Ivy League) returns to Harvard Stadium to play its final non-conference game of the season, as the Crimson hosts UMass-Lowell (3-10, 0-4 America East) tomorrow night (April 10, 6 p.m.) on NESN.
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• Last Saturday against Columbia, senior captain Keeley MacAfee had five goals, and sophomore goalkeeper Grace Rotondo had 14 saves, but a back-and-forth affair against Columbia (4-8, 1-3 Ivy League) ended with Harvard on the short end of a 15-14 score. First-year Grace Hulslander recorded a season high 10 draw controls for the Crimson, and Shea Jenkins recorded a season high six ground balls, adding seven draw controls.
• Senior midfielder Keeley MacAfee leads the team with 47 points (36 goals, 11 assists). She is second in the Ivy League with 3.27 goals per game. MacAfee is first in the Ivy League and 10th in the nation with 6.0 shots on goal per contest. First year Grace Hulslander has 27 points (19 goals, eight assists and senior captain Nicole Baiocco has 19 points with eight goals and 11 assists. Senior midfielder Caroline Garrity has 15 goals, a new career high.
• Harvard is No. 3 in the Ivy League in clearing percentage (87.1%) and No. 2 in the conference in ground balls per game (19.82).
• On the defensive end, sophomore goalie Grace Rotondo has started all 11 games, with 94 saves and 27 ground balls so far this season. Rotondo is second in the Ivy League with an average of 8.55 saves per game. First year Shea Jenkins leads the team with 34 ground balls, 43 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers. She leads the Ivy League with 3.09 ground balls per game. Grace Hulslander has 40 draw controls as well.
• Harvard and UMass-Lowell have met four times, with the Crimson winning all four meetings. Last year, on April 11, Harvard earned a 14-10 road victory against the River Hawks. Julia Glynn scored six goals, and Keeley MacAfee had two goals, two assists, and three ground balls to lead Harvard to the victory.
Harvard will return to conference play on Saturday (1 p.m.) with a road contest at No. 15 Princeton. The game will air on ESPN+.