Sophomore Jennifer VanderMeulen leads the Crimson with 31 goals and 24 points (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team defeated Holy Cross, 10-6, Wednesday night at the Holy Cross Field to improve to 6-4 on the season. Jennifer VanderMeulen and Danielle Tetreault both scored hat tricks in the winning effort.
Five different Crimson players scored and four had assists for the Crimson. VanderMeulen added two assists to her stat line, while Tetreault had one. Tyler Petropulos added two goals and an assist and Chelsey Newman and Kyle Keating each found the back of the net. Melanie Baskind, who also had a handout, won three draw controls and collected three ground balls, while Lauren Tomkinson grabbed three ground balls and caused two turnovers. Mariah Pewarski also caused two of Holy Cross's 15 turnovers.
The Crimson got on the scoreboard first, putting in the first two scores of the half. Jennifer VanderMeulen scored on a free position shot after 2:47 of play and Petropulos put in an unassisted tally four and a half minutes later. The teams traded goals for the rest of the half with Tetreault finding Kyle Keating in front on the net and VanderMeulen handing off to Tetreault to give the Crimson a 4-2 lead. After Holy Cross pulled to within a goal, VanderMeulen scored with 13 seconds left in the half to put the visiting team up, 5-3.
VanderMeulen extend the Crimson lead to six seven minutes into the second frame. Two scores from the Crusaders made it a 6-5 game midway through the stanza. But Newman's unassisted goal and Tetreault's goal off a Petropulos feed gave the Crimson a three-point cushion. The Crusaders found the back of the net one more time in the final 10 minutes of the game.
The Harvard defense held Crusaders leading scorer Kat Sutton scoreless and snapped her 43 game scoring streak. Kerry Clark made seven second half saves to bring her season total to 65.
Harvard travels to Princeton for an Ancient Eight match-up Saturday at 1 p.m.