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Crimson Women's Soccer Opens 2011 NCAA Tournament at No. 12 BU Saturday

Harvard is making its 13th trip to the NCAA tournament (Gil Talbot).

The Game:
Harvard opens the 2011 NCAA tournament by facing No. 12 Boston Universitty at Nickerson Field. Game time is slated for Saturday at noon.

The Coverage:
GoTerriers.com will provide live statistics for this weekend's NCAA matchup. There will also be a free live video stream of the game. WTBUSports.com will provide live audio of the action.
 
How They Got Here:
Harvard won the Ivy League championship, earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.  This is the Crimson's third appearance in the NCAA postseason in the last four years.
 
Boston University, a member of America East, won its conference tournament, defeating Albany, 2-0, in the final Nov. 5.
 
Tickets:
Tickets for Saturday's game are $8 for general admission, $4 for seniors and for students with ID from one of the participating schools and $1 for children ages five and under.
 
The Matchup:
The Crimson, which owns a 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1) since Sept. 23, completed the regular season 12-4-1 and 6-0-1 in the Ivy League.
 
The Terriers are also enjoying a long streak of success, as BU has won 13 straight games, including nine at home. BU's win streak started with a 3-0 decision over the Crimson Sept. 14. The Terriers have only allowed four goals during this stretch, while scoring 39 times.
 
Looking Ahead:
The winner of Harvard and BU will face either Wake Forest, a one-seed, or Oakland in the second round of the NCAA tournament Nov. 18.
 
Series History:
Harvard and BU have met 19 times on the soccer field, with the Crimson owning a 12-4-3 advantage in the all-time series which began in 1977. The Terriers have responded of late, winning four of the last five games, including the last three overall.
 
Earlier this season, BU topped the Crimson, 3-0, at Nickerson Field Sept. 14. Kylie Strom tallied two goals for the Terriers, while Kai Miller added another. BU's Alice Binns finished with four saves, while Alexandra Millet (three saves) and Cheta Emba (two stops) played in net for the Crimson.   


Harvard in the NCAA Tournament:
The Crimson has now qualified for the NCAA tournament 13 times, the last being in 2009.  Harvard owns an 8-11-1 record all-time in the tournament.  The Crimson has reached the quarterfinal round three times, most recently in 2000. Harvard now has earned a berth to the NCAA tournament three times under current head coach Ray Leone.

Success In The Classroom:
Co-captain Melanie Baskind was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team for the third consecutive season. Baskind is now eligible for Academic All-America honors.
 
Around The Tourney:
Two of Harvard's 17 opponents this season are among the 64 teams in this year's NCAA tournament.  The Crimson posted a 0-2 mark against teams in the NCAAs, falling at Long Island, 2-2, Sept. 2 and at BU, 3-0, Sept. 14.
 
Finishing Strong:
Harvard has enjoyed a 10-game unbeaten streak from Sept. 23, going 9-0-1 during the stretch. During the unbeaten streak, Harvard has outscored opponents, 21-8 and has scored multiple goals nine times, while only allowing opponents to score more than one goal once during the unbeaten stretch.
 
About Harvard:
The Crimson won its 10th Ivy League title after posting a 6-0-1 conference record, its best conference mark since the 1999 season.  Harvard's 12 victories is also the most for the program since 1999 and the team tied its program record by winning 10 games (10-1).
 
Last time out, Lauren Urke scored the game's only goal in the 21st minute, while Bethany Kanten made two saves as the Crimson earned a 1-0 win at Columbia Nov. 5.
 
With 24 points on eight goals and eight assists, co-captain Melanie Baskind leads Harvard and is tied for the Ancient Eight lead in all offensive categories. Meg Casscells-Hamby (4-6-14), Elizabeth Weisman (5-1-11) and Peyton Johnson (4-3-11) have also reached double figures in scoring this fall.  

Kanten has played 14 games in net and boasts a 9-2-1 overall record, to go along with two shutouts. She also owns a 0.94 goals-against average and has recorded 40 saves on the season.
 
Harvard holds a 34-24 advantage in goals and is outshooting teams by a wide margin, 254-183. The Crimson has also earned more than twice as many corner kicks, 98-46.
 
Players to Watch – Boston University:
Six Terrier players have reached double digits in points. Jessica Luscinski (9-7-25) leads the team in goals and points and is tied with Brittany Heist (5-7-17) for first on the squad in assists. Kylie Strom (7-3-17), Tiya Gallegos (6-4-16) and Madison Clemens (6-1-13) have all been effective on offense.
 
Krebs paces the team with five game-winning tallies, while Strom has four game-winners to her credit.
 
In net, Alice Binns has played 12 games and is 9-1-1 with six clean sheets and a 0.36 goals-against average. Kelly King has also seen significant time and is 9-1 with four shutouts and a 0.73 goals-against mark.
 
BU is outshooting teams, 408-150, and outscoring opponents, 51-11, including 24-4 in the first half and 27-7 in the second half. The Terriers have earned 108 corner kicks, while opponents have 41 corners.
 
Ivy League Soccer Goes Crimson:
For the third time in four years, Harvard women's soccer won the Ivy League crown. The Crimson also took home the title in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2008 and 2009.
 
When The Game's On The Line:
Melanie Baskind paces the Crimson with three game-winning goals. Peyton Johnson has tallied two game-winning scores, while  Meg Casscells-Hamby, Elizabeth Weisman, Mai Le, Lauren Urke, Alexandra Conigliaro, Hana Taiji and Catherine Coppinger have each netted one game-winning goal apiece.
 
Harvard Against Boston Teams in NCAA:
With the game against BU in the opening round of this year's NCAA tournament, Harvard will have faced Boston area teams three straight times in the NCAA championship. The Crimson tied Northeastern, 2-2, but fell in penalty kicks, 4-2, in 2008, and lost at Boston College, 1-0, in 2009,
 
Harvard is 0-2-1 all-time against Boston teams in the NCAA tournament and owns a 1-5-1 mark against teams from the state of Massachusetts in the NCAA postseason. 

Crimson Atop the Ivy League:
Melanie Baskind tied for the Ancient Eight lead in points (24), goals (eight) and assists (eight).

Good To Be Home:
Harvard posted a 10-1 record at home this season, going 8-1 at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium and 2-0 at Ohiri Field. The 10 home victories ties the program record for a single season (1979).
 
Harvard In The Bay State:
The Crimson went 1-1 against teams from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts this season, defeating UMass, 2-1, Sept. 9, but fell at BU, 3-0, Sept. 14.
 
Spreading The Ball Around:
Twelve different Harvard players have scored goals this season, led by Melanie Baskind (eight), Elizabeth Weisman (five), Meg Casscells-Hamby (four) and Peyton Johnson (four).
 
Head Coach Ray Leone:
Ray Leone, in his fifth season at the helm of the Crimson women's soccer program, owns a 242-130-36 (.637) overall record in his career. Harvard's trip to the NCAA tournament this season will mark the seventh time Leone has guided a team to the NCAA postseason.  In his first five seasons at Harvard, Leone has guided the Crimson to a 50-27-9 (.634) overall record and led the team to three Ivy League titles (2008, 2009 and 2011).
 
Unbeaten In League Play:
For the first time since 2006, an Ivy League team went unbeaten in conference play, as the Crimson finished 6-0-1 in the Ancient Eight. Columbia (6-0-1) was the last Ivy team to go unbeaten, while the Crimson also finished unbeaten in  1999 (7-0-0), 1996 (7-0-0) and 1995 (6-0-1).
 
Getting On The Scoreboard First:
Harvard is 8-1-1 when scoring first and 5-1-0 when leading at halftime during games this fall.  The Crimson, meanwhile, owns a 3-3-0 record when the opponent nets a goal first, and is also 3-3-0 when trailing at halftime.
 
Defense Wins Games:
The Crimson boasts a perfect 12-0-0 record when holding opponents to one goal or less. Harvard is also 11-2-1 when scoring two or more goals. 
 
On The Road Again:
The Crimson boasts a 2-3-1 mark in road contests, defeating Yale, 2-1, and Columbia, 1-0. Harvard also tied Cornell, 2-2.

Day And Night:
Harvard is 7-3-1 in games during the day and 5-1-0 in contests played at night this fall.

Bay Staters:
Melanie Baskind (Framingham), Alexandra Conigliaro (Dedham), Catherine Coppinger (Billerica) and Kate Makaroff (Hanover), Marie Margolius (Acton) and Alexandra Millet (Westford) all hail from the state of Massachusetts. 
 
They're Honored:
Four Harvard players have received Ivy League weekly awards this season. Melanie Baskind (Sept. 26) and Lindsey Kowal (Oct. 10) have been named Ivy Player of the Week, while Lauren Urke (Sept. 12 and Nov. 7) and Bethany Kanten (Sept. 26 and Oct. 17) have taken home Ivy Rookie of the Week accolades.
 
Youth Movement:
Harvard's roster of 27 players includes ninefreshmen and six sophomores.  The squad also consists of six juniors and six seniors.
 
Ivy League vs. America East:
Ivy League schools are a combined 7-4-1 against the America East Conference this season.
 
Defense Stepping Up:
After surrendering a total of 11 goals during a three-game stretch from Sept. 14-18, the Crimson surrendered only eight goals since.
 
Ivy League in NCAAs:
Ancient Eight schoolls have made 42 total appearances in the NCAA Championship and hold an all-time record of 25-42. The Ivy League's last NCAA Tournament win came in 2005 when Yale reached the third round by knocking off Central Connecticut State (3-0, 1st round) and Duke (2-1, 2nd round). Last season, Penn lost to Penn State, 1-0, on Nov. 12 at West Virginia's Dick Dlesk Stadium.

Great Month:
The Crimson went 6-0-1 during the month of October, defeating Yale, Fairfield, Siena, Brown, Princeton and Dartmouth. Harvard also tied Cornell on the road. With the Crimson's 1-0 win at Columbia Nov. 5, Harvard is 1-0-0 in November.

Records Falling:
Melanie Baskind has reached Harvard's all-time top 10 for career points, goals and assists this season.  She is tied for sixth in points (79), stands sixth in assists (25) and ranks seventh in goals (27).

Nail Biters:
The Crimson is 9-3 in games decided by one goal this season.

Good Days To Play:
Harvard owns a 2-0 record on Tuesdays and boasts a 5-0-1 mark on Saturdays this fall.
 
Harvard's Scoring Trio:
The trio of Melanie Baskind, Meg Casscells-Hamby and Lindsey Kowal has collectively earned 18 assists, which is more than any other trio in the Ivy League this season.
 
Youthful Experience:
Seven freshmen have played as many as 10 games this season: Erika Garcia (17), Lauren Urke (16), Meg Casscells-Hamby (15), Bethany Kanten (14), Marie Margolius (14), Mai Le (12) and Kate Makaroff (10).
 
Putting The Ball On Net:
Harvard holds an advantage in shots on goal, 254-183, or 14.9-10.8 per game.
 
Kant Be Stopped
Freshman goalkeeper Bethany Kanten has not earned a losing decision since falling at Rhode Island Sept. 18. Since then, she is 8-0-1 and has allowed more than only one goal once (Cornell Oct. 8).
 
Prepare For Corners:
Harvard enjoys an advantage in corners this season, 98-46. The Crimson finished the regular season ranked third in the Ivy League in corner kicks, just five behind league leader Princeton (103).
 
Clean Play:
The Crimson has committed only 106 fouls this season, by far the least amount in the Ancient Eight.
 
They Will Shoot:
Melanie Baskind (51) and Meg Casscells-Hamby (47) were third and fifth, respectively, in the Ivy League in shots.
 
Second-Half Surge:
The Crimson has outscored teams, 22-13, in the second half of contests this fall.
 
Game-Winners:
The Crimson has enjoyed 12 game-winning goals this season from nine different players.
 
Scoring Against The Ivies:
Harvard had the second-best scoring offense in the Ancient Eight with 99 points and 34 goals.