Photo of Tyler Petropulos courtesy of Gil Tablot.
The Harvard women's lacrosse team makes the short trip to Chestnut Hill to face No. 20 Boston College Thursday afternoon. The Eagles (0 and Crimson (1-2) face-off at 3 p.m.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard is 1-2 overall and 1-1 in Ivy League play heading into Thursday's contest. Eight Crimson players have found the back of the net for a team that averages 12.7 goals per game. Danielle Tetreault paces the offense with nine goals and two assists for 11 points. Jennifer VanderMeulen (8g), Micaela Cyr (6g, 1a), Melanie Baskind (5g, 1a), Melanie Baskind (5g, 1a), and Jess Halpern (4g) have been scoring threats for the Crimson.
Cyr leads the team in draw controls with 13, while Ellen Gleason and Baskind lead the team with five ground balls. Baskind, Gleason and senior tri-captain Sam McMahon lead the team with three caused turnovers. Kerry Clark has made 21 saves in the cage and sports a 13.0 goals-against average.
Last Time Out
Harvard came up short in its upset bid of No. 4 Penn Saturday. The Quakers scored with 17 seconds left in the second half to take a 9-8 lead and held a last effort Crimson attempt. Micaela Cyr led the Crimson with three scores
Cyr scored three goals on four shots, including going 1-for-1 on free position shots. Jess Halpern and Jennifer VanderMeulen scored two goals apiece, while Danielle Tetreault had a goal and an assist. Cyr won three draw controls, while Ellen Gleason caused two turnovers and scooped up two ground balls. Kerry Clark made five stops in the net.
Harvard scored first, putting three straight goals into the net. The Crimson held onto the ball for the first 10 minutes of the game, not allowing Penn into Harvard territory until it the Quakers won their first draw and ran it in for a score. VanderMeulen and Tetreault tallied a goal each to put the Crimson up 5-1. The Crimson held a 6-3 lead at the half.
The two teams traded goals to start the second half. The Quakers then put together four straight tallies to take an 8-7 lead with 2:57 left to play. It was the first time all afternoon the Crimson trailed, and it's didn't for long as Halpern scored a free position goal a minute later to tie the score.
Scouting the Eagles
The Eagles own a 6-1 overall record after winning its first six games of the season. Boston College earned a 18-4 win over Ivy Rival Yale and then edged UConn and Holy Cross to keep its win streak alive. The Eagles suffered a 12-11 setback at Virginia Tech Saturday for its first defeat of the season.
Moria Barry, Kristin Igoe and Brittany Wilton pace the team with double-digit goals. Barry has 21 goals, followed by Igoe (20), Wilton (15). Igoe, Wilton and Katie Collins lead the team with 15 ground balls each.
Shelia Serafino is 6-1 in the net for the Eagles with a 6.88 goals-against average and a46 saves to her credit. Series History
Harvard leads the all-time series over its neighbors, 28-5. The Crimson has won four in a row against the Eagles, including a 17-9 victory at Harvard Stadium last May.
The Harvard women are receiving votes in the IWLCA poll for a second week in a row.
Against the Rest
Harvard ranks in the top 30 in several national statistics. The Crimson has the 27th best offense in the nation, averaging 12.67 goals per game and is 29th in draw controls with 13.3 per game.
Individually, Danielle Tetreault is 23rd in the nation in goals per game and Micaela Cyr is eighth in the country in draw controls with 4.43 per contest.
Around the League
Elsewhere in the league, Yale hosts Marist and Brown travels to Princeton Saturday, while Cornell and Columbia meet in New York City Sunday.
O' Captain, My Captain
Senior Sam McMahon and juniors Melanie Baskind and Tyler Petropulos were elected captains for the 2011 season. It's the fifth time in program history three players have been selected to lead the team and only the second since 1999.
Multi Sports Stars
Several Harvard players also moonlight on fall sports teams. Melanie Baskind is a member of the women's soccer team. She was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2008 and has earned second-team (2009) and first-team (2010) All-Ivy League honors as well. She was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team selection last fall.
Tough Road Ahead
Stanford was the first of several nationally ranked teams on the Crimson's docket this spring. Six teams on Harvard's schedule appear in this week's IWLCA Division I poll: No.4 Penn (March 12), No. 7 Virginia (April 3), No. 7 Stanford, No. 15 Princeton (April 16), No. 18 Dartmouth (April 29) and No. 20 Boston College (March 17).
Home Sweet Home
Harvard will play its home games at the new Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium and Harvard Stadium. Soldiers Field was unveiled in the fall of 2010 and is one of the premier lacrosse and soccer facilities in the Northeast. Features seating capacity of up to 2,500 fans, including permanent bleachers which seat 1,000 spectators, as well as additional space for standing room only sections. Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium also has a permanent press box and lights, which allow for games to be played at night. The Crimson is slated to play its first home game of the season there before moving to Harvard Stadium.
Harvard returns home for the first of four straight contests in Cambridge March 20 against John Hopkins. The game will be played at the Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium starting at noon.