Baskind records fourth hat trick of the season in win against Holy Cross (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team opened the game with five unanswered goals to down Holy Cross, 10-4, on Wednesday night at Harvard Stadium.
The Crimson (6-6) set the tone early as Melanie Baskind scored her first of three goals just four minutes into the contest. Chelsey Newman made it 2-0, while Danielle Tetreault and Jamie potter converted two free position attempts to put the Crimson up four. Less than 30 seconds later Baskind netted her second goal of the day extending Harvard's lead to 5-0. Maddie Carrellas was the lone Crusader to score for Holy Cross (6-6) in the half as Harvard took a 5-1 lead into the intermission.
The lead grew to 7-1 out of the break with back-to-back tallies by Jennifer VanderMeulen. Kyleigh Keating made it an 8-1 margin with 19:27 remaining, while Newman netted her second goal to lengthen Harvard's lead to eight. Two Holy Cross goals would end the Crimson's run with 10:45 left in the contest, 9-3. Baskind capped off her hat trick with 4:21 to play, securing the 10-4 win for the Crimson.
Baskind led all scorers with a hat trick, while Newman tied her career-high three points with two goals and one assist. VanderMeulen tallied two moving her into sole possession of sixth place on Harvard's all-time goals list with 124 career scores as six different Crimson scored in the victory. Micaela Cyr recorded a career-high six ground balls and Kelly Weis made six saves to record the win.
Harvard is now 8-0 all-time against the Crusaders, while the Crimson's four goals allowed matched its season low.
Carrellas and Sara Hennessey anchored Holy Cross's offense with two points (1g, 1a) and two goals, respectively. Sarah Webber came away with 16 saves in the losing effort.
Harvard out shot Holy Cross, 35-14. The Crimson also outdrew the Crusaders, 10-6, and grabbed more ground balls, 20-11.
Harvard returns to Ivy League play Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. against Princeton at Harvard Stadium.
Game Notes: Harvard's four goals allowed matched its season low ... Harvard improves to 8-0 all-time against Holy Cross ... Melanie Baskind scored her fourth hat trick of the season … Michael Cyr recorded a career-high six ground balls … Jennifer VanderMeulen moved into sole possession of sixth place on Harvard's career goals list with 124 … Chelsey Newman tied her career-high three points with two goals and one assist.