Women's Lacrosse Puts Three-Game Win Streak on the Line Saturday at Columbia
Harvard will look to continue its hot streak Saturday at Columbia (Gil Talbot).
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Harvard women's lacrosse team will play on the road for the first time in nearly three weeks when it faces Columbia on Saturday, April 21 at 12 p.m. in New York City. Harvard's three straight wins have catapulted the Crimson into a three-way tie for third place in the Ivy League standings, with the top four teams earning a trip to the 2012 Ivy League Tournament.
Live stats will be available during Saturday's game through GoColumbiaLions.com.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's lacrosse outscored No. 18 Princeton 4-1 in the second half and dominated the time of possession en route to a 10-7 win Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium. The win was the Crimson's third straight and pulls the team into a three-way tie for third place in the Ivy League standings.
Danielle Tetreault scored a season-high four goals on seven shots to lead the Crimson attack, and added two ground balls and three draw controls on the defensive end. Kyleigh Keating set a new career high with four points on two goals and two assists, and also collected two ground balls and one draw control. Jennifer VanderMeulen also notched two scores with Melanie Baskind and Mariel Jenkins recording one apiece.
Kelly Weis made five saves in goal to pick up the win, including three in the second half. Micaela Cyr and Baskind collected three ground balls and two ground balls, respectively, while Ellen Gleason caused two turnovers. Harvard outshot Princeton, 22-15, and held a 14-9 advantage in ground balls. The Tigers outdrew the Crimson, 10-9, while both Harvard (12-13) and Princeton (8-9) were successful on all but one clear attempt.
Scouting the Lions
Columbia enters play this weekend with a 2-11 overall record and an 0-6 mark in the Ancient Eight. The Lions have lost two straight, including a 14-8 defeat at home Wednesday against New Hampshire.
Kacie Johnson leads the Ivy League with 70 points (40g, 30a) and entered the week ranked sixth in the nation. She has also been a force on the defensive side of the field, collecting 26 ground balls, 24 draw controls and forcing 17 turnovers. On Monday she was honored with her second Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week award after tallying 15 points (8g, 7a), five ground balls and seven draw controls.
Paige Cuscovitch ranks second on the team with 38 points (33g, 5a) while Taylor Gattinella (18g, 3a) has chipped in 21. Cuscovitch has added a team-best 31 ground balls while Gattinella leads in draw controls with 47. Skylar Dabbar has played every minute in goal for the Lions, posting a 13.82 goals against average and a .372 save percentage.
Harvard is 12-2 all-time against Columbia and has won two straight meetings versus the Lions. Last year, Jennifer VanderMeulen scored five goals to help the Crimson to a 15-9 victory while Melanie Baskind, Jess Halpern and Danielle Tetreault added three scores apiece.
Ivy League Honors
Melanie Baskind was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season on April 16 after leading Harvard to a perfect 2-0 week. Baskind totaled four goals, five ground balls, five draw controls and four caused turnovers, and scored the game-winning goal in both contests as Harvard took down Holy Cross, 10-4, and No. 18 Princeton, 10-7.
Baskind also earned the honor April 9 after finishing the week 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, as the Crimson have now earned the honor four times this season.
8's are Wild
Senior co-captain Melanie Baskind, who wears jersey No. 8, has put together a solid eight-game stretch totaling 18 points (13g, 5a), 20 ground balls, eight draw controls and eight caused turnovers while helping Harvard to a 5-3 record. Baskind has scored at least one goal in each of the Crimson's last eight games, including a season-high five-point performance (3g, 2a) against then No. 2/2 Syracuse.
Step Your Game Up
Junior Danielle Tetreault averaged 1.90 points over the Crimson's first 10 games, but has stepped her game up over the last three averaging 2.67 points. Tetreault has notched eight goals during this span, including a season-high four against No. 18 Princeton on April 14.
Strength of Schedule
Harvard currently sits at 7-6 on the year, with all six of its losses coming against teams currently ranked in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. Harvard has already played nine 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.
Harvard has held 9 of its 13 opponents to under 10 goals this season, and has held three to five goals or less. Harvard has held a total of three teams to five goals or less several times in recent history, but has not done so more than three times since 1995 when it held five opponents to five goals or fewer. The Crimson held both Yale and Stanford to five or fewer goals in back-to-back games, marking the first time the team had accomplished the feat since 2002.
The Crimson entered the week ranked sixth in the NCAA having allowed just 8.31 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 13 starts in goal for the Crimson this season, and entered the week ranked fifth in the NCAA with an 8.08 goals against average. Her .457 save percentage was 16th-best in the country while her 6.92 saves per game were good for 49th.
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
12 different Crimson have scored a goal in 2012 with 10 having scored at least four. Danielle Tetreault leads the way with 23 scores, while Melanie Baskind and Jennifer VanderMeulen have notched 22 apiece. Micaela Cyr has added 15.
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 (22g, 6a) has posted a team-high 28 points and also leads the team with 32 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. Tetreault ranks first on the team with 23 goals and second with 27 points (23g, 4a), while her 26 draw controls are also tops. Cyr (15g, 2a) is the team's fourth-leading scorer at 17 points and ranks second to Baskind in both ground balls (29) and caused turnovers (10).
Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 6-2 this season at home and 4-1 inside Harvard Stadium. The Crimson has posted a 15-8 record at home over the last three seasons while going 13-4 at Harvard Stadium.
Junior Micaela Cyr recorded a career-high six ground balls on April 11 against Holy Cross, marking the most ground balls collected by a Crimson student-athlete since Melanie Baskind notched seven vs. Columbia on April 23, 2011.
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.
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 6-1 this season when leading at the half, 0-5 when trailing and 1-0 when tied.
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.
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.
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.
Harvard is currently receiving votes in the 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 ranking.
deBeer Women's Media Poll
IWLCA Coaches Poll
Hat Trick Heroes
Harvard has notched 14 hat tricks this season with Melanie Baskind leading the way with four. Micaela Cyr, Jennifer VanderMeulen and Danielle Tetreault have added three apiece. VanderMeulen also leads all active Crimson with 25 career hat tricks.
2012 Hat Tricks
Career Hat Tricks
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, including two in 2012. The Crimson has had plenty of opportunities to show its metal against 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 has moved into fifth place with 126 career goals while her 142 points have her tied for eighth. Halpern has netted 117 career goals, good for ninth in program history, with her 139 points placing her 10th 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.
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.