Crimson staff writer
The Harvard women’s lacrosse team charged into the 2024 season with an emphatic 21-6 victory over the Colgate Raiders. The win on Jordan field was quarterbacked by last season’s leading scorer, senior attacker Callie Hem. The attacker posted an astounding seven goal, career high, game.
The Harvard women’s lacrosse team approaches the 2024 season looking to build on its solid performance last season, which saw the squad finish third place in the Ivy League. With strong performances against Yale, Columbia, and Dartmouth, and two near losses to the Ivy League 2023 Tournament Champions, the Penn Quakers, the Crimson is set to return for the 2024 season with a hunger to improve upon last year’s success.
In the penultimate game of its 2023 regular season, Harvard women’s lacrosse left nothing on the table. The Crimson defeated Columbia 19-4 with nine different goal-scorers. The dynamic duo of junior attackers Callie Hem and Riley Campbell led the pack with five and four goals, respectively.
This weekend, the historic Harvard-Yale clash ended with an emphatic Crimson victory in a game that did not disappoint. The Bulldogs and the Crimson both came into this matchup with five wins in their last six games, making this a pivotal match for both sides.
With six wins in their last seven games, the Harvard women’s lacrosse team is hitting its stride. The Crimson picked up its first Ivy League win last Saturday, beating Dartmouth 13-11. The streak rolled on in a Tuesday matchup against Stonehill College, which the Crimson won 13-6. Today, the Crimson defeated Cornell 13-12 in double overtime.
A Turning Point: Harvard Women's Lacrosse Wins Three of Last Four Match-Ups, Hitting Midseason Stride
After a difficult start to the season, the Crimson has hit pace with three wins in its past four games. A strong starter to spring break, the Crimson traveled to Worcester, Mass. to play Holy Cross and notched its first win on the season with a 15-12 scoreline. Familiar standouts, the junior pair of attackers Riley Campbell and Callie Hem, led the attacking domination with four goals each on the day.
Harvard women’s lacrosse faced two strong opponents in the opening two weekends of play: the No. 21 University of Michigan Wolverines and the Georgetown University Hoyas. The Crimson battled through the two hard-fought games in freezing temperatures, ultimately coming out unsuccessful in both competitions.
Practice, preparation, and persistence have propelled the Harvard women’s lacrosse team to the beginning of what is sure to be a thrilling season. On Sunday, the Crimson will take on the Michigan Wolverines, opening their regular season away at the home of Big Blue.
Harvard students mark their calendars for one game a year. And for Harvard football legend Clifton Dawson ’07, the memories of the second oldest rivalry in college football still live on.
First-year Lauren Scruggs made her presence known from the moment she joined Harvard's fencing roster. At 19-years-old, she has amassed four gold medals at Junior Championships, a first-place finish at the North American Cup National Championships, a second-place team finish at the NCAA National Championships, and second team All-America standing.