Photo of Lauren Tomkinson courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications.
HANOVER, N.H. – Sophomore Jenn VanderMuelen netted three goals for the Harvard women's lacrosse team Friday as the Crimson fell, 14-7, at Dartmouth in the final game of the regular season.
The Big Green (10-3, 6-1 Ivy League) got out to an early 1-0 lead 68 seconds into the game and pushed that to 2-0 with a goal from Hana Bowers eight minutes in. Harvard (9-5, 5-2 Ivy League) lit up the scoreboard for the first time at the 19:55 mark with a goal from Jess Halpern. After falling behind 7-2 with six minutes left before halftime, the Crimson got two quick goals within 57 seconds of each other, the first from Melanie Baskind and the second from Petropulos, both unassisted shots in traffic from right in front of the goal. Dartmouth would add one more goal to hold an 8-4 advantage at halftime.
Harvard came out firing in the second half, cutting the Big Green's lead to three with VanderMeulen's second goal of the game 1:35 into the second frame. Dartmouth would answer, however, with five straight goals, including two within 16 seconds of each other, pushing its lead to 13-5 within the first 15 minutes of the final half. VanderMeulen would cap off her hat trick with the final goal of the game, a shot from center with 4:30 to play.
A total of five Harvard players got into the scoring action. The team grabbed 14 ground balls, led by Mariah Pewarski's four pick ups. Dartmouth would finish with three players notching a hat trick, led by Greta Meyer's four scores and two assists. Courtney Bennett also had two assists to go along with her three goals for five points in the game for the Big Green.
The Crimson outshot Dartmouth in the game, 30-26, but Big Green goalkeeper Kriste Giovanniello made 13 saves while 10 of Harvard's shots went wide or hit the post. The Crimson went 1-for-7 on free position shots and were called for 28 fouls compared to Dartmouth's 17 whistled infractions.
Harvard and Dartmouth will face each other again in next week's Ivy League Tournament, hosted in Philadelphia by Penn. Dartmouth will be the No. 2 seed and Harvard will be the No. 3 seed in the semifinal matchup set for May 6.