Photo of Jennifer VanderMeulen courtesy of Gil Talbot Photography.
Freshman Jennifer VanderMeulen was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was one of three Crimson players to earn a spot on the All-Ivy League teams, the conference office announced Tuesday afternoon. VanderMeulen was selected to the first team, while sophomore Melanie Baskind earned a spot on the second team and freshman Micaela Cyr received honorable mention.
VanderMeulen was an unanimous Rookie of the Year and first-team selection as an attacker. Only six of the 13 first-team selections were voted unanimously. She leads the league and is sixth in the nation in goals per game with 3.64. She has scored 51 goals to go along with eight assists and is 19th in the nation in points per game with 4.21. VanderMeulen is the second player under head coach Lisa Miller and fifth at Harvard to win Ivy Rookie of the Year honors.
Baskind earned a spot on the second team as a midfielder. She is second on the team in goals (27) and points (34) and leads the Crimson in caused turnovers (24) and ground balls (39). She is second in the league and 23rd in the nation in ground balls and third in the Ancient Eight and 35th in the county in caused turnovers. Baskind is a two-time All-Ivy League selection in soccer as well.
Midfielder Cyr leads the Crimson in draw controls with 30. She has 18 goals and seven assists for 25 points. She has also contributed with13 ground balls and caused nine turnovers.
Harvard is 7-7 on the season with a non-conference game against Boston College remaining on the schedule. The Crimson won three Ivy League games for the first time since 2006.