Photo of sophomore Tyler Petropulos courtesy of DSPICS.com.
AMHERST, Mass. – Three freshmen scored in their collegiate debuts to lead the Harvard women’s lacrosse team to a 10-8 victory over Massachusetts Saturday in the season opener for the Crimson.
Alexis Dal Col scored five goals, while Jennifer VanderMeulen contributed four goals and an assist in the victory. Danielle Tetreault added a goal and sophomore Melanie Baskind, playing in her first collegiate lacrosse game, had an assist as well.
UMass scored first, but the Crimson responded and took a 2-1 lead. Harvard was able to extend its lead to two twice in the first 30 minutes of action. The Crimson took a 6-4 lead just before halftime.
The largest lead of the game came when VanderMeulen scored five minutes into the second frame to make it 7-4. The Minutewomen tied the score at 7-7 and then again at 8-8. But the Crimson defense held the UMass team scoreless for the final 11:50 of the game, while adding two scores to seal head coach Lisa Miller’s third season opening win.
Senior Katherine Martino played all 60 minutes in net and made seven stops. Sophomore Tyler Petropulos collected a team-high four ground balls, while junior Jess Halpern and VanderMeulen each won two draw controls.
UMass outshot the Crimson, 24-22, while Harvard held a 16-9 advantage in ground balls.
Harvard, who plays its first four games of the season on the road, travels to perennial power Johns Hopkins March 6 for a 1 p.m. start time.