Baskind Earns Second Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week Honor

Baskind picked up Harvard’s third defensive player of the week honor on Monday, her second of the season (Craig Cyr).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Melanie Baskind was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, marking the second time this season she has earned the honor and the third time it has gone to the Crimson.

Baskind opened the week with her fourth straight multiple-point game at No. 9/9 Virginia, scoring one goal and adding an assist. She also recorded three ground balls, one draw control and one caused turnover against the Cavaliers. The co-captain returned to the field on Saturday and led Harvard’s defensive efforts in a 16-8 win over Brown, matching her career high with five ground balls while adding two caused turnovers and one goal.

Baskind finished the week with three points (2g, 1a), eight ground balls and three caused turnovers. She has scored a team-high 24 points (18g, 6a) this season while also leading the Crimson in ground balls (27) and caused turnovers (8). She earned her first defensive player of the week honor Feb. 27 after scoring three goals and collecting five ground balls in the team's season opening 11-9 win over Boston University.

Harvard has earned a total of three defensive player of the week awards this season with freshman Kelly Weis getting the accolade March 26 with 15 saves against just 12 goals in a 1-1 week for Harvard.