Photo of Ellen Gleason courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Five members of the Harvard women's lacrosse team were named to the All-Ivy League team as voted on the league coaches. Jennifer VanderMeulen and Melanie Baskind both earned spots on the All-Ivy League first-team to lead the Crimson.
This is the first time since 1994 that five Harvard women have been selected to the all-conference team.
After leading the league in scoring (both overall and Ivy games only), VanderMeulen earned her second consecutive selection to the All-Ivy first team. The sophomore attack averaged 3.57 goals per game in Ivy play (25 total) and 3.21 goals per game overall (45 total), helping the Crimson to its No. 1 League rank of 12.43 goals per game. She scored multiple times in all 16 games played this season, including five in a near upset of then No. 7 Virginia April 3 and April 23 in a 15-9 victory over Columbia.
Joining VanderMeulen on the first team is Baskind. This is the second women's lacrosse All-Ivy selection for the junior midfielder, though the dual-sport athlete has earned All-Ivy honors three times in women's soccer, including first-team selection this past fall. As she did on the soccer pitch, Baskind was key to the Crimson midfield, recording 13 goals, two assists, six caused turnovers and a team-high 16 ground balls during Ivy competition. For the season, Baskind was one of four Crimson players to record 20-plus goals, netting 25 to go along with six assists and 30 ground balls (2.14 per game ranked No. 4 in the League).
Danielle Tetreault and Ellen Gleason were named to the second-team, earning All-Ivy accolades for the first time. Tetreault was second on the Crimson in goals (36) and points (42). She led the team in draw controls with 25 and also collected 12 ground balls. Gleason was a mainstay on the defense all season long, causing 15 turnovers, collecting 21 ground balls and winning 19 draw controls.
Jess Halpern earned Ancient Eight honors for the third time when she received honorable mention this season. Halpern, a first-team selection as a sophomore and second-team honoree as a freshman was again one of the top attackers. Despite a slow start to the season, coming back from a season-ending knee injury last year, Halpern scored 26 goals in 13 games for the Crimson.
Harvard will be the third seed at the Ivy League Tournament this weekend at Penn. The Crimson will face the No. 2 seed Dartmouth Friday at 4 p.m.