Photo of Jennifer VanderMeulen courtesy of Gil Talbot.
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team held off a late charge from Cornell to earn a 13-12 victory in its first Ivy League contest of the season. Jennifer VanderMeulen scored four goals for the Crimson and Danielle Tetreault scored the eventual game-winner to give the Crimson its first win of the season.
Five Crimson players found that back of the net against the Big Red, all scoring multiple tallies in the win. Melanie Baskind added three goals, two caused turnovers and a ground ball, while Jenn Leffew, Tetreault and Jess Halpern each had two scores. Micaela Cyr won five draw controls and joined senior captain Sam McMahon with one cause turnover. Cyr, Tetreault and Chelsey Newman each contributed an assist.
VanderMeulen put the Crimson on the board first before Cornell scored two straight. Harvard used a 5-2 run to take a 6-4 lead with 12 minutes to play in the first half. The Big Red scored the final three goals of the half to take a 7-6 lead into the break.
Harvard responded by scoring the first five goals of the second session and take 12-7 lead. The Big Red closed the gap and scored five of the final six goals of the game.
The Crimson won 16 of the 27 draw controls and converted on 3-of-6 free position attempts. Cornell won 14 ground balls to Harvard's 11. Kerry Clark made seven saves in the net.
Harvard plays its first game of the season at home Saturday against nationally ranked Penn. First draw is slated for 1 p.m. at Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Field.