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Women's Lacrosse Continues Homestand Wednesday Versus Holy Cross

The Crimson looks to make it two in a row Wednesday against Holy Cross (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's lacrosse team will go for its second straight win when it hosts Holy Cross Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at Harvard Stadium. The Crimson is 4-2 at home this season and is a perfect 7-0 all-time against the Crusaders.

A live video stream and live stats will be available during Wednesday's game through GoCrimson.com.

Last Time Out
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 as six different players registered a goal. VanderMeulen's six goals also 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 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.

Scouting the Crusaders
Holy Cross will carry a 6-6 overall record into Wednesday's contest after knocking off Bucknell, 20-5, on Saturday. Holy Cross' 20-goals scored against the Bison marked a season high as seven different Crusaders got in on the action.

Laura Ryan (31g, 5a) and Taylor Zebrowski (28g, 8a) have registered a team-high 36 points to lead the Crusader attack. Ryan also leads the team with 47 draw controls and ranks second with 21 ground balls. Sara Hennessey has added 31 points (30g, 1a), 29 draw controls and 14 caused turnovers.

Sarah Weber has started all 12 games in goal and sports a 12.12 goals against average with a .340 save percentage.

Harvard is a perfect 7-0 all-time against Holy Cross including a 10-6 win last season in Worcester, Mass. Jennifer VanderMeulen and Danielle Tetreault posted three goals apiece for the Crimson as Kerry Clark made seven saves in the net. Wednesday's showdown between the teams will mark the seventh consecutive season the teams have played one another.

Ivy League Honors
Senior Melanie Baskind was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week on April 9, 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 two-points (1g, 1a) and three ground balls at No. 9/9 Virginia, and followed it up with one goal and a season-high five ground balls against Brown. The midfielder was also named defensive player of the week on Feb. 27 after scoring three goals and collecting five ground balls in the team's season opening 11-9 win over Boston University.

Freshman Kelly Weis earned her first career Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week award on March 26 with 15 saves against just 12 goals in a 1-1 week for Harvard. She tallied eight saves in the team's 7-5 loss to Boston College on Wednesday, and then made seven stops in a 7-5 win at Yale on Saturday.

Sixth Sense
Junior Jennifer VanderMeulen tied her career-high with six goals on April 7 against Brown, marking the most goals scored by a Crimson student-athlete since senior Tyler Petropulos netted seven on March 7, 2009 versus Quinnipiac. VanderMeulen has scored six goals three times in her career, including twice as a freshman in 2010.

Drawing it Up
Sophomore Kyleigh Keating recorded a career-high six draw controls as Harvard out-drew Brown 17-9 on April 7. Keating's six draw controls marked the most for the team since Kaitlin Martin '09 tallied seven on March 25, 2009 at Albany.

Strength of Schedule
Harvard currently sits at 5-6 on the year, with all six of its losses coming against teams currently ranked in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. Harvard has already played eight teams which have been ranked in either the coaches poll or the deBeer Media Poll at some point this season, and will have played a total of 10 at season's end.

Getting Defensive
Harvard has held seven of its 11 opponents to under 10 goals this season, and held Yale and Stanford to five goals or less in back-to-back games for the first time since 2002. The Crimson entered the week ranked ninth in the NCAA having allowed just 8.8 goals per game, which would stand as the team's lowest goals against average since 2008 (the last year complete stats are available).

Between the Pipes
Freshman Kelly Weis has made all 11 starts in goal for the Crimson this season, and entered the week ranked eighth in the NCAA with an 8.53 goals against average. Her .451 save percentage was 23rd-best in the country while her 7.2 saves per game were good for 41st.

Weis made 10 saves while helping the Crimson to a 9-8 double-overtime victory over No. 13 James Madison on March 6, matching Kerry Clark's total of 10 saves against Virginia last season for the most stops by a Harvard goalie since Katherine Martino '10 recorded 12 in a 17-9 win over Boston College on May 5, 2010. Weis has made at least eight saves in five games this season.

Sharing the Wealth
11 different Crimson have scored a goal in 2012 with eight having scored at least four. Melanie Baskind, Danielle Tetreault and Jennifer VanderMeulen lead the way with 18 goals apiece, while Micaela Cyr has found the back of the net 15 times.

Harvard had 13 different goal scorers last season with VanderMeulen (48), Tetreault (42), Jess Halpern (29), Baskind (28), Tyler Petropulos (14) and Chelsea Newman (10) each scoring at least 10.

Two Way Players
Midfielders Melanie Baskind, Micaela Cyr and Danielle Tetreault have led the Crimson on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field in 2012. Baskind (18g, 6a) has posted a team-high 24 points and also leads the team with 27 ground balls. Tetreault's (18g, 4a) 22 points rank second on the squad while her 20 draw controls are tops. Cyr (15g, 1a) is the team's fourth-leading scorer at 16 points and has caused a team-best eight turnovers.

Getting Off on the Right Foot
Harvard held both Yale and Stanford scoreless in the first half and outscored the two 12-0 before the break. The Crimson is 5-1 this season when leading at the half, but 0-5 when trailing.

Four Score
Senior co-captain Melanie Baskind put together an impressive four-game stretch between March 24 and April 2, totaling 12 points (7g, 5a) while adding eight ground balls. Baskind scored multiple points in each of the four games, including a season-high five-point performance (3g, 2a) against then No. 2/2 Syracuse at Gillette Stadium.

Monumental Moment
Harvard competed in the first-ever women's collegiate sporting event held at Gillette Stadium, home of the three-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, when it took to the field against then No. 2/2 Syracuse on March 31. The game was part of a women's lacrosse double-header, as No. 1/1 Northwestern and No. 14/16 Ohio State took to the field after the Crimson and Orange.

Former Crimson Named Finalists for National Lacrosse Hall of Fame
Harvard alumnae Sarah (Downing) Nelson '94 and Maggie Vaughan '90 are among the 12 finalists on the 2012 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame women's ballot. Vaughan helped Harvard to the program's first NCAA Championship in 1990 and was a four-time Ivy League champion, while Nelson was a two-time Ivy League champion and a three-time All-Ivy honoree. Click here to read the full story.

Nail Biters
Harvard played five games between March 6 and March 24 which were decided by a total of seven goals, with three of those games being decided by a one-goal margin. The Crimson has played in 15 one-goal games under head coach Lisa Miller and sports a 7-8 record.

Overtime Thrillers
The Crimson went to overtime against both No. 13 James Madison and No. 9/10 Penn, marking the first time in program history that Harvard has played in back-to-back overtime games. Harvard is 5-5 all-time in overtime games and has never gone to overtime more than twice in a season.

National Prominence
Harvard received votes in three of this year's first four IWLCA Coaches Polls, and opened the season ranked 19th in the deBeer Media Poll. The Crimson moved up to No. 16 in the media poll after its season-opening 11-9 win over Boston University, but has since fallen from the rankings.

Week of
April 9
April 2
March 26
March 19
March 12
March 5
Feb. 27
Feb. 20

deBeer Women's Media Poll
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16
19

IWLCA Coaches Poll
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RV
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RV
RV

Hat Trick Heroes
Harvard has notched 12 hat tricks this season with Melanie Baskind, Micaela Cyr and Jennifer VanderMeulen totaling three apiece. VanderMeulen also leads all active Crimson with 25 career hat tricks.

Name
Melanie Baskind
Micaela Cyr
Jess Halpern
Tyler Petropulos
Danielle Tetreault
Jennifer VanderMeulen

2012 Hat Tricks
3
3
1
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2
3

Career Hat Tricks
11
7
23
2
11
25

To Be the Best, You Have to Beat the Best
Harvard has knocked off a top 20 opponent in each of the last four seasons, with James Madison, then ranked 13th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, becoming its latest victim via a 9-8 double-overtime triumph on March 6. The Crimson has had plenty of opportunities to knock off one of the premier teams in the nation this season, as 10 of the team's scheduled opponents have been ranked in either the deBeer Media Poll or the IWLCA Preseason Coaches Poll including Boston College, Cornell, Dartmouth, James Madison, John's Hopkins, Penn, Princeton, Stanford, Syracuse, and Virginia.

Climbing the Charts
Junior Jennifer VanderMeulen and senior Jess Halpern currently rank among Harvard's all-time top 10 scorers. VanderMeulen moved into a tie for sixth place with 122 career goals this past weekend while her 138 points have her tied for 10th. Halpern has netted 117 career goals, good for seventh in program history, with her 139 points placing her ninth in the school record books.

In the News
Harvard was featured by Lacrosse Magazine's Clare Lochary on March 14 in her column, "Surprise Upsets Continue in WD1." Lochary broke down the Crimson's double-overtime win over No. 13 James Madison and detailed its importance to the Crimson's development under head coach Lisa Miller. Click here to read the full column.

Catch the Crimson in 2012
Harvard has announced that 11 home men's and women's lacrosse games will be streamed online from Harvard Stadium during the 2012 season, marking the third straight year fans of Harvard lacrosse will have the opportunity to watch the Crimson live from home.

A total of six women's games will be available to watch, beginning with the Crimson's March 21 showdown with Boston College, its first inside Harvard Stadium. Each home contest for the remainder of the year will be streamed.

A full season pass for either the men's or women's team will be available for just $29.95, while single games can be purchased for $9.95. Click here to sign up for your season pass today.

Tewaaraton Award Watch List
Junior's Jennifer VanderMeulen and Danielle Tetreault were named to the 2012 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, which is comprised of the top 50 women's lacrosse student-athletes from all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse. VanderMeulen and Tetreault are the latest Crimson to be put up for the prestigious award, after current teammates Jess Halpern and Micaela Cyr were nominated in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

VanderMeulen is coming off a season in which she was named to the Synapse Sports All-America second team, IWLCA All-Region first team and All-Ivy League first team after ranking 18th in the NCAA in goals per game (3.0) and 30th in goals (48). She currently ranks 10th in program history with 104 career goals, while her 56 scores in 2010 rank fifth on Harvard's single-season list.

Tetreault was a first team all-region and second team all-Ivy selection a year ago, and ranked 31st in the nation with 2.63 goals per game. Tetreault boasts 62 career goals, 17 assists and 79 points in 31 career games.

Captaining the Ship
Seniors Melanie Baskind, Ellen Gleason and Tyler Petropulos were voted by their teammates as captains for the 2012 season. Baskind and Petropulos also served as captains last season, making them just the sixth and seventh student-athletes in program history to be voted captain in consecutive seasons. Carroll Clark '92 was the first to do so when she captained both the 1991 and 1992 squads, and was followed by Daphne Clark '97 (1996 & 1997), Ali Harper '01 (2000 & 2001), Lauren Bobzin '08 (2007 & 2008) and Sara Flood '10 (2009 & 2010). This is just the sixth time in program history three Crimson had been chosen to lead the team.

Two-Sport Star Baskind Featured by New England Lacrosse Journal
Senior Melanie Baskind, who captains both the women's lacrosse and women's soccer teams and is an All-Ivy League honoree in both sports, was recently featured by Sammi Gorman of the New England Lacrosse Journal.

"In the city of Boston — a breeding ground for both star athletes and top students at some of the world's best academic institutions — Melanie Baskind is different.

"She's not the only student with a 3.8 grade-point average as a neurobiology major at a top school like Harvard, and she's not the only athlete to get league Player of the Year honors in her sport. She is the only one to do those things and be a threat to earn those kind of honors in two sports."

Click here to read the full article.

Historical Perspective
Harvard captured the program's first national championship in 1990 when it defeated Maryland, 8-7. The Crimson won four games that season by a single goal en route to a 15-0 record, with Jenny Walser '90 scoring the game winner in three of those four games, including the national title contest. Julia French '90, Charlotte Joslin '90 and Maggie Vaughan '90 were named first team All-America following the season while Susan Carls '91 and Karen Everling '90 were named to the second team. Four-year letterwinners Everling, French and Walser graduated with a career record of 50-8-1, including a perfect 23-0 mark in the Ivy League.

The Crimson has made a total of nine NCAA Tournament appearances and has reached the national championship game three times. Harvard has also won 11 Ivy League Championships, tied with Dartmouth for the most in conference history.