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Big First Half Propels Women's Lacrosse to 7-5 Victory at Yale

Baskind and Cyr scored two goals apiece to lead the Crimson to a 7-5 win at Yale (Craig Cyr).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team picked up its second straight win over Yale on Saturday with a 7-5 victory in New Haven, Conn.

The Crimson (3-4, 1-2 Ivy League) scored seven straight goals to open the game and took a 7-0 lead into the half. Micaela Cyr began the scoring less than three minutes in and Jennifer VanderMeulen followed with a goal at the 5:08 mark. Melanie Baskind and Jamie Potter made it a 4-0 run before Danielle Tetreault found the back of the net for a 5-0 lead. Cyr scored her second goal of the half off a feed from VanderMeulen and Baskind capped off the frame with her second score for the 7-0 lead.

Yale (2-5, 0-3 Ivy League) responded with a big second half, scoring five unanswered goals to cut Harvard's advantage to 7-5. The Bulldogs got two goals early from Devon Rhodes and Ashley McCormick, and Cathryn Avallone made it a four-goal game with 14:44 to play off a free position attempt. Rhodes notched her second score of the day before Caroline Crow moved the score to 7-5 with 10:20 remaining.

The Crimson's defense held firm over the final 10-plus minutes, however, preventing Yale from getting any closer. Harvard forced three turnovers in the final moments while allowing just one Yale shot to hold on for the win.

Baskind and Cyr led Harvard on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field as each tallied two goals and two ground balls. VanderMeulen recorded one goal, one assist and one draw control while Mariel Jenkins registered a game-high three ground balls. Kelly Weis made seven saves in goal to pick up the victory. Harvard's five goals allowed were the fewest since allowing just three goals in a 19-3 win over the Bulldogs last season.

Harvard owned an 8-6 advantage in draw controls and was successful on 12-of-17 clear attempts. Yale, however, outshot the Crimson 25-21 and went 11-of-12 in clears. Rhodes scored two goals to lead the Bulldog attack as Erin McMullan made 11 saves in goal.

Harvard returns to action Wednesday, March 28 when it hosts Stanford at 4 p.m. in Harvard Stadium.

Game Notes: Harvard's victory over Yale evened the all-time series at 20-20-1 … Harvard's win marked its second straight over Yale and its first in New Haven since 2006 … Harvard's five goals allowed were the fewest given up by the Crimson since a 19-3 victory over Yale last season … Melanie Baskind has scored multiple goals in four games this season while Micaela Cyr has done so three times.