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Baskind Named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for Third Time

Baskind earned her third defensive player of the week honor and second in as many weeks Monday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Melanie Baskind was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season on Monday after leading Harvard to a perfect 2-0 week.

Baskind was dominate on both the offensive and defensive ends as the Crimson took out Holy Cross, 10-4, on Wednesday and No. 18 Princeton, 10-7, on Saturday. Against the Crusaders, Baskind registered her fourth hat trick of the season with three goals while also collecting three ground balls, two draw controls and three caused turnovers. The senior returned to the field against the Tigers to post one goal, two ground balls, three draw controls and one caused turnover.

Baskind totaled four goals, five ground balls, five draw controls and four caused turnovers for the weekend and scored the game-winning goal in both contests. Harvard's four goals allowed to the Crusaders matched the team's season low, while the Crimson has held nine of its 13 opponents to less than 10 goals, including each of its last three. Baskind has scored at least one goal in eight straight games.

This marks the third defensive player of the week award for Baskind this season and the fourth overall for the Crimson. Baskind also earned the honor last week after finishing with three points (2g, 1a), eight ground balls and three caused turnovers, and was named defensive player of the week for the first time in her career 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 was given the accolade March 26 with 15 saves against just 12 goals in a 1-1 week for Harvard.