Photo of Sara Flood courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Eight different Crimson women's lacrosse players found the back of the net to give Harvard a 17-9 win over Boston College Wednesday night at Harvard Stadium. The Senior Night victory gives the Crimson a winning record for the 2010 season at 8-7.
Harvard's 17 goals this season was its second highest offense output of the season and the only game this season in which eight different players found the back of the net. Sophomore Melanie Baskind led all players with five goals and an assist. Freshman Jennifer VanderMeulen had five goals, while senior co-captain Sara Flood scored two goals and assisted on two others. Micaela Cyr, Nina Kucharczyk, Tyler Petropulos, Alexis Dal Col and Danielle Tetreault had a goal each.
After the visiting team got on the board, the Crimson fired of to tallies to take an early 2-1 lead. The Eagles tied the scored a 2-2, but Harvard scored seven of the next eight goals to take a 9-3 lead into halftime. Harvard had three goals in just 1:26 to spark the run.
Harvard continued to increase its advantage taking a 12-4 lead with 22:19 left to play. Boston College closed the game to 15-9 with three minutes left in the game, but Harvard scored two more in the final 1:07 to give the class of 2010 a win on Senior Night.
Senior Katherine Martino had a great game in the net, stopping 12 shots, including making seven saves in the second half. Senior co-captain Delia Pais led the Crimson with four ground balls in her final game, while Cyr led all players with six draw controls.
VanderMeulen, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, finished her rookie campaign with 56 goals, which stands fifth in Harvard history for goals in a single season. This season was Harvard's second in the last three year with a record above .500.