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Women's Lacrosse Opens Ivy League Campaign at No. 4 Penn Saturday

Photo courtesy of DSPICS.com.

The Particulars
The Harvard women’s lacrosse team closes out its four game road swing to open the season with a trip to No. 4 Penn Saturday. It will be the Ivy League opener for both teams and the second straight nationally ranked opponent for the Crimson.

Last Time Out
Melanie Baskind scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime to lift Harvard to a 10-9 win over No. 15 New Hampshire Wednesday in Durham. Freshman Jennifer VanderMeulen led the Crimson (2-1) with five goals, while classmate Danielle Tetreault and Baskind had a pair of goals each. Senior co-captain Sara Flood had one goal and two assists to go along with four draw controls.

The Crimson held an 8-4 lead after the first 30 minutes of play and led by as many as four during the first half. New Hampshire stormed back in the second frame outshooting the Crimson 13-2 in the second 30 minutes. The home team tied the score with just over a minute to play.

Scouting Harvard
Freshman Jennifer VanderMeulen is one of seven Crimson players who has found the back of the net in Harvard’s first three games. She leads the team with 10 goals, while classmate Alexis Dal Coal and sophomore Melanie Baskind have six each. Danielle Tetreault and senior Sara Flood have two assists a piece.

Baskind and sophomore Tyler Petrpulos pace the team with nine ground balls. Baskind has a team-best five caused turnovers.  

Katherine Martino has played all three games in net, making 25 saves, including 11 against the Wildcats. She sports a 10.18 goals-against average and a .439 save percentage.

Scouting Penn
The fourth-ranked Quakers are  3-1 on the season after a 6-5 win over Hofstra Wednesday night at Franklin Field.

All-American Ali DeLuca leads the Quakers in scoring with 13 goals and two assists for 15 points and draw controls with 10. Courtney Lubbe has a team-best nine assists. Barb Seaman and Giula Giordano both have six caused turnovers to pace the defense.

Emily Szelest has played the majority of the time in the net. She sports a 6.57 goals-against average and a .500 save percentage. She has 23 saves thus far.

The Crimson and Quakers
The series between Harvard and Penn is tied at 18. The Quakershave won the last nine meetings. 

Upset City
Tuesday’s win over No. 15 New Hampshire is the second time Harvard has upset a ranked team under head coach Lisa Miller. Last year, Harvard knocked off No. 20 Cornell in Ithaca.

First Year Touch
All 10 Harvard goals in the Crimson’s season opening win over Massachusetts were scored by freshmen. In fact, all the points in the game were scored by first year players. Alexis Dal Col had five goals and Jennifer VanderMeulen had four goals and an assist. 

Tough Road Ahead
Harvard will play six opponents currently ranked in the IWLCA Top 20 during its 2010 campaign.  The Crimson is in the middle of three straight contests against nationally ranked teams. 

Road Warriors
Harvard plays its first four games of the season on the road.

Homeward Bound
When Harvard returns home on March 17, it will be the first of four straight contests at home. The Crimson will have a stretch of nine of 11 games at home.

On the Horizon
Harvard plays its first home game of the season Wednesday, March 17 against Boston University. First draw is slated for 4 p.m. on Cumnock Turf.