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Harvard Women’s Soccer Celebrates Ivy Championship Season at Team Banquet

Bethany Kanten was presented with the Leslie Gray Poole '93 Memorial award (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's soccer team held its annual banquet at the Lee Family Hall of History in the Murr Center Sunday afternoon. The Crimson, which won its 10th Ivy League title, including the third under head coach Ray Leone, finished 12-5-1 overall and 6-0-1 in the Ancient Eight en route to a berth in the NCAA tournament, marking the 13th time Harvard has reached the NCAA postseason.

With the team, coaches and members of the administration in attendance, head coach Ray Leone announced the recipients of the Crimson's three major awards.

The first award presented was the Leslie Gray Poole '93 Memorial Award, presented annually to the most improved player on the Harvard women's soccer team. Freshman goalkeeper Bethany Kanten was the recipient of this award after boasting a 9-3-1 record with two shutouts during her rookie campaign. Kanten owned a 0.94 goals-against average during the regular season and made 44 saves.

Leone handed out the Seamus Malin '62 Award, given annually to the player who has, through love of the game and commitment to Harvard, demonstrated the values shown by Seamus Malin '62 in his long and continuing association with Harvard and the game.

Senior co-captain and defender Lindsey Kowal was presented with this award after earning her fourth straight All-Ivy League team accolade. Kowal, who earned a spot on the all-conference team for the second consecutive fall, also garnered NEWISA All-New England honors. She played in all 18 games and stood third on the Crimson with four assists.

The final award presented was the Meg Berte Owen '94 Memorial Award, which is given annually to the soccer player that best exemplifies Meg's leadership, work ethic, passion, courage, and sheer determination both on and off the playing field. The award is named after former Harvard captain Meg Berte Owen. Meg, the captain of the 1993 team, passed away from lung disease brought on from an earlier battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Senior co-captain Melanie Baskind took home this honor after enjoying another stellar season with the Crimson. Baskind, a midfielder/forward, was among the nominees for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, was tabbed to the Capital One Academic All-America first team and was nominated for the Soccer News Net Player of the Year. A unanimous selection as Ivy League Player of the Year, Baskind earned her fourth All-Ivy nod, garnering first team status for the second straight season, and she received Academic All-Ivy honors for the third consecutive fall.

Baskind, who ranks tied for sixth in program history in career points (79), sixth in assists (25) and seventh in goals (27), led Harvard in points (24), goals (eight), assists (eight) and game-winning goals (three) during her senior season.