VanderMeulen scored a career-high six goals to lead Harvard past Brown (Craig Cyr).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team defeated Brown Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium behind a season-high 16 goal effort, 16-8.
Jennifer VanderMeulen tied her career-high with six goals to lead a balanced scoring attack for the Crimson (5-5, 2-2 Ivy League) as six different players registered a goal. VanderMeulen's six goals moved her into a tie for sixth place on Harvard's career goals list with 122. Micaela Cyr and Danielle Tetreault recorded a hat trick apiece, while Kyleigh Keating netted two. Melanie Baskind and Chelsey Newman scored one goal each, with Cyr, Keating, Newman and Tyler Petropulos each handing out one assist. Keating recorded a career high six draw controls.
The Crimson jumped out to a 4-0 lead with three VanderMeulen goals, one assisted by Keating, in a 1:14 span followed by a score from Tetreault less than a minute later. Bre Hudgins put the Bears (5-5, 1-3 Ivy League) on the board with back-to-back goals cutting Harvards lead to two, 4-2. Baskind's goal at the 8:21 mark sparked a 4-0 scoring run for the Crimson extending its lead to 8-2. A Bears goal by Alexandra Crerend closed out the half, 8-3.
The Crimson continued the offensive outburst in the second half as Cyr netted her second goal of the game followed by four unanswered Crimson goals to take a 13-4 lead. Alyssa DiBona ended the run when she found the back of the net for Brown, 13-5, with 17:11 to play. Harvard's lead lengthened to 16-5, as VanderMeulen, Keating and Tetreault scored three straight goals. The Crimson's 16 goals marked a season high.
Hudgins (2g, 1a) and Julia Keller (1g, 2a) led the Bears' attack with three points apiece.
The Crimson held the advantage in several statistical categories including shots, 25-18, ground balls, 18-11, and draw controls, 17-9. Harvard was perfect on free-position shots connecting on all four.
Harvard returns to action Wednesday, April 11 when it hosts Holy Cross at 7:00 p.m. in Harvard Stadium.
Game Notes: Jennifer VanderMeulen tied her career-high with six goals and moved into a tie for sixth place on Harvard's career goals list with 122 … 16 goals is a season high for the Crimson … Kyleigh Keating recorded a career-high six draw controls … Micaela Cyr and Danielle Tetreault each scored a hat trick.