Harvard players celebrate their second consecutive Ivy League championship following Saturday's 2-1 OT win at Columbia in winch Melanie Baskind scored both goals. (Photo Courtesy Harvard Athletics with thanks to Columbia Media Relations.)
NEW YORK - Harvard won the outright Ivy League championship - its second straight - with a 2-1 overtime victory at Columbia Saturday night. Melanie Baskind scored both Crimson goals.
Just 15 seconds away from claiming the victory in regulation, Harvard was called for a foul and Columbia's Lauren Cook headed home a free kick to send the game into overtime.
However, Baskind won the game with her second goal of the game and fourth of the season 5:08 into extra time. It marked her second game-winner this year.
The victory improves Harvard to 9-6-1 overall and 6-1 in the league. The Crimson will find out its seeding and location in the NCAA Championships Monday during the NCAA selection show on ESPNews at 8 p.m. Columbia, which claimed the 2007 championship, dips to 7-7-3 and 3-3-1 in the league. Harvard enters championship play as one of the country's hottest teams having won eight of its last nine games.
Baskind put the Crimson ahead less than 10 minutes into the game with Harvard's first shot when she dribbled through the Columbia defense from 18 yards out straight on and flocked s shot to the right side.