Photo of Jennifer VanderMeulen courtesy of Kevin Burns.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women’s lacrosse team outscored Brown, 7-3, in the second half but it wasn’t enough to overcome an early first half deficit as the Crimson fell, 11-10, Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium.
Freshman Jennifer VanderMeulen led the Crimson (3-4, 1-2 Ivy) with four goals, while senior co-captain Sara Flood had two goals and an assist. Sophomores Melanie Baskind and Tyler Petropulos and freshmen Mariel Jenkins and Danielle Tetreault have a goal apiece.
Brown scored first and Jenkins answered for the Crimson with her first collegiate tally. The Crimson took the lead on VanderMeulen’s first score of the game, but the Bears scored the next seven goals to jump out to an 8-2 lead. VanderMeulen put one in the net with 38 seconds left in the half.
The Bears scored two goals in the first five minutes of the second stanza before the Crimson fired off six straight tallies. Petropulos’ goal with 4:14 on the clock pulled Harvard to within 10-9. Brown battled for possession on the next draw control and put in an insurance goal with 1:39 on the clock. Harvard responded when Baskind tallied her 10th goal of the season with 1:01 to play. The Crimson won the final draw control and were able to get a few shots off, including a free position shot with one second on the clock, but was unable to score.
Katherine Martino made eight saves in the game, while Isabel Harvey stopped seven shots for the Bears. Senior co-captain Delia Pais collected three ground balls, won a draw control and caused a turnover for the Crimson.
Harvard returns to action tomorrow against Bryant. First draw is slated for 1 p.m.