Photo of Micaela Cyr courtesy of Kevin Burns.
Harvard continues its homestand with a busy weekend to close out the month of March. The Crimson hosts Brown in its second straight conference game of the season Saturday and welcomes Bryant Sunday for a non-league contest.
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Scouting the Crimson
The Crimson is 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in league play after a home win over Cornell last Saturday. Three first-year players lead the Crimson offensive with Jen VanderMeulen leading the way with 19 goals and 21 points. Melanie Baskind is second in scoring with nine goals and three assists and Alexis Dal Col stands third with eight goals and an assist. Five other Crimson players have found the back of the net. Micaela Cyr paces the Crimson in assists with four.
VanderMeulen has a team-best 14 draw controls, while Baskind leads the way in caused turnovers with 14 and ground balls with 18.
Katherine Martino has 44 saves in the net and sports a 10.18 goals-against average and a .427 save percentage.
Last Time Out
Harvard held league foe Cornell scoreless for the first 40 minutes of play to earn its first league win of the season with a 10-4 victory over the Big Red last Saturday at Harvard Stadium.
Goals by freshmen Danielle Tetreault and Jen VanderMeulen gave the Crimson a 2-0 lead just eight minutes into the game and the hosts were able to stymie the Big Red offense in a low-scoring first half. Senior captain Sara Flood netted her fourth goal of the year at 8:02 off an assist from sophomore Melanie Baskind and VanderMeulen and Tyler Petropulos added tallies to give the Crimson a 5-0 halftime lead.
Flood put the hosts up 6-0 just 48 seconds into the second half but Cornell answered back at 20:44 as Jessi Steinberg got the guests on the board. Two more Steinberg tallies brought the score to 7-3 with 14:26 to play, but VanderMeulen and Baskind scored with less than 1:30 to play to seal the 10-4 win.
VanderMeulen finished the game with three goals as Flood and Petropulos netted two apiece. Steinberg led the Big Red with three scores in the loss. Harvard goalie Katherine Martino recorded eight saves in the win while Cornell’s Kyla Dambach stopped six shots.
Scouting the Bears
Brown heads into Saturday’s match with a 2-3 overall record and a 0-2 Ivy League mark. The Bears have lost two straight conference games, falling to No. 13 Princeton, 16-6, and Yale, 8-7.
Paris Waterman leads the team in goals with 14 after posting five against the Bulldogs last week. Nine others have scored at least one goal this season. Molly McCarthy has a team-best three assists. Alexa Caldwell paces the team in draw controls with eight, while Kara Kelly leads the way in ground balls with 13 and Lindsay Minges has a team-high six caused turnovers.
Harvard holds a 26-9 lead in the all-time series dating back to April 26, 1975. The Crimson won the first game and then 16 of the next 18 contests.
The Crimson has won four of the last five contests after falling in Providence, R.I.,12-8 last March. Jess Halpern led the Crimson with three goals, while Sarah Bancroft ’10 and Kaitlin Martin ’10 registered two tallies each. Tyler Petropulous scored one goal, collected four ground balls and won two draw controls. Classmate Kerry Clark made 10 saves in between the pipes. The two previous games, both wins by the Crimson, were decided by one point.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Bryant takes on two Ivy League foes this weekend. The Bulldogs host Columbia Friday night before traveling to Harvard for today’s game. The team earned a 1-6 record through its first seven games with its lone win coming against Central Connecticut State, 14-10, March 6.
Lauren Sheridan and Allison Faiola lead the team in scoring with 17 and 14 goals, respectively, after seven games. Nicole Rettinger had 22 ground balls, 15 draw controls and 18 caused turnovers to lead the team before Friday’s game.
Lauren Filippone has spent the most time in the net. She sported a 15.28 goals against average heading into this weekend and had made 77 saves.
This Sunday’s game is the first meeting in program history between the two schools.
Compared to the Rest
Jen VanderMeulen leads the league in scoring with her 19 tallies thus far. She is 20th in the nation in goals per game. Melanie Baskind paces the league in caused turnovers with 14 (2.33 per game) and ground balls with 18 (3.00), which rank 10th and 31st in the nation, respectively. Katherine Martino’s 10.2 goals-against average is 32nd in the nation.
Jen VanderMeulen has scored at least one goal in all six games this season. She has four games with three or more goals and four games with four or more points.
Ivy Player of the Week
Freshman Jen VanderMeulen has named Co-Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week March 22. VanderMeulen led the Crimson with eight goals and an assist in two games for Harvard last week. She had five goals, two draw controls, two caused turnovers and a ground ball in Harvard’s upset win over No. 15 New Hampshire Tuesday afternoon. She led the Crimson with three goals, five draw controls, two ground balls and an assist in loss to No. 4 Penn.
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 Jen VanderMeulen had four goals and an assist.
On the Horizon
After playing four straight games at home, Harvard travels to Yale and Virginia next week for a brief road stint. The Crimson returns to Harvard Stadium April 14 to face Holy Cross.