Harvard heads to Brown on Saturday (April 20) for a 4 p.m. contest. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's lacrosse (6-7, 1-4 Ivy League), coming off one of its strongest outings of the season, will continue Ivy League play on Saturday afternoon (4 p.m.) when it takes on Brown (6-7, 2-3 Ivy League) in a road contest.
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• On Saturday afternoon against No. 15 Princeton, a late second half run for Harvard came up just short, as the Crimson fell, 14-12, in a road contest. Trailing 13-9 with just under six minutes to play sophomore Madison Conklin scored her fourth goal of the game at 5:49 to get the run started for the Crimson. Junior Hannah Keating cut the Princeton lead to two, scoring off a feed from Keeley MacAfee (goal, four assists) at 3:23 to make it 13-11. Keating answered a Princeton goal with another score off a pass from MacAfee with 1:34 to go, but Princeton won the ensuing draw control to hold Harvard off at the end.
• Senior midfielder Keeley MacAfee leads the team with 58 points (41 goals, 17 assists). She is third in the Ivy League with 3.15 goals per game. MacAfee is first in the Ivy League and 10th in the nation with 6.00 shots on goal per contest. She moved into a tie for sixth on the all-time goal scoring list and now has 139 career goals, needing one more to surpass Kaitlin Martin '09 for solo fifth on the list. She needs two points to become the sixth player in program history to reach 200 points.
• First year Grace Hulslander has 33 points (25 goals, eight assists), and sophomore Madison Conklin has 22 points (13 goals, nine assists). Senior captain Nicole Baiocco has 21 points with nine goals and 12 assists. Senior midfielder Caroline Garrity has 15 goals, a new career high.
• Harvard is No. 2 in the Ivy League in ground balls per game (19.62) and first-year Shea Jenkins leads the Ivy League with 3.31 ground balls per game.
• On the defensive end, sophomore goalie Grace Rotondo has started all 13 games, with 102 saves and 31 ground balls so far this season. Rotondo is fifth in the Ivy League with an average of 7.85 saves per game. First year Shea Jenkins leads the team with 43 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers. Grace Hulslander has 51 draw controls to lead the team in that category.
• This will mark the 45th meeting all-time between Harvard and Brown in women's lacrosse, with Harvard owning a 33-11 record against the Bears. The Crimson has won five straight games in the series, including last year's 17-14 win over the Bears on April 14. In that contest, a big day for Julia Glynn (five goals, four assists) and Keeley MacAfee (four goals, three assists) propelled Harvard to the win at Harvard Stadium. Tessa Queri added three goals and an assist, Caroline Garrity led the Crimson with eight draw controls, and goalkeeper Olivia Gundrum made five saves for Harvard.
Harvard will play its regular season finale next Saturday (April 27) at home against No. 12 Penn. The game will air on NESN.