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Baskind Adds First Team Academic All-America to List of Honors

Baskind is the fourth first team Academic All-American in program history (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – One day after being tabbed the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Association’s Div. I Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Melanie Baskind has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Women’s At-Large first team.

Baskind is now the fourth student-athlete in program history to be named a first team Academic All-American, following Katie McAnaney ’89, Chris Shortsleeve ’97 and Alli Harper ’01, and is just the fifth Academic All-American in program history. She was also named first team Academic All-America this fall in women’s soccer and was a second team pick in 2010.

Baskind led the Crimson in points (33), assists (6) and caused turnovers (15) this spring while guiding the women’s lacrosse team to its second straight appearance in the Ivy League Tournament. She also ranked  second in goals (27) and ground balls (37). For her efforts, she was named to the Capital One Academic All-District first team, IWLCA All-Region second team, All-Ivy League second team, Ivy League All-Tournament Team and earned three Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors. Baskind finished her career as a three-time all-region selection, a three-time All-Ivy honoree and was named to the 2011 Academic All-Ivy League team.

On the soccer pitch, Baskind led Harvard to its third Ivy League Championship in four years and capped her career off as the unanimous choice for Ivy League Player of the Year. She was also named the conference’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman, earned four All-Ivy selections, was a two-time all-region selection, a three-time Academic All-Ivy pick and was twice named an Academic All-American. She ranks sixth in program history in career points (79), sixth in assists (25) and seventh in goals (27).

A neurobiology concentrator with a secondary concentration in global health and health policy, Baskind graduated this spring with a 3.756 GPA. She received the Mary G. Paget Prize at last month’s Senior Letterwinners Dinner for her impact on Harvard Athletics over her four-year career, and was also awarded the Francis H. Burr ’09 Fund Prize and a Benjamin Trustman Fellowship from the University.