Women's Lacrosse Hits the Road for Contests at Yale and No. 4 Virginia

Women's Lacrosse Hits the Road for Contests at Yale and No. 4 Virginia

Photo of Micaela Cyr courtesy of Gil Talbot Photograhpy.

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Story Line
Harvard hits the road for two games. First stop is Friday at Ivy League rival Yale, followed by a Monday night contest against No. 4 Virginia.

Scouting the Crimson
The Crimson is 4-4 on the season and 1-2 in league play after a split weekend against Brown and Bryant at home. After a one goal loss to the Bears on Saturday, Harvard handed Bryant a 19-4 loss Sunday.

Jennifer VanderMeulen scored 10 goals over the weekend to increase her team lead to 29 goals. She also has a team-best 33 points after handing out four assists. Sophomore Melanie Baskind is second in scoring with 12 goals and is tied for the team lead in assists with five. Baskind leads the team in ground balls (24) and caused turnovers (17), while VanderMeluen has a team-best 16 draw controls.

Katherine Martino sports a 9.49 goals-against average. She has a 58 saves and a .439 save percentage.

The Crimson has outscored its opponents (84-80), won more draw controls (117-106), collected more ground balls (92-90) and caused more turnovers (71-68).

Last Time Out             
Harvard defeated Bryant, 19-4, Sunday afternoon at Harvard Stadium. Eight Crimson players scored at least one goal and assisted on a goal. It was the most goals for a Crimson team since Harvard scored 20 against Massachusetts last season. Freshman Jennifer VanderMeulen recorded a career-high eight points on career-best six goals and two assists. Classmate Micaela Cyr had give goals and a helper, while sophomore Melanie Baskind and freshman Mariel Jenkins contributed two goals each.

Harvard cruised out to a 10-0 lead before the Bulldogs got on the board. Bryant put back-to-back goals on the scoreboard before the Crimson added three scores to close out the half.  

In the second session, Harvard scored two more to extend its lead to 15-2 with 12:15 left to play in the game. Bryant added to more goals in the game before Harvard finished off the contest with three tallies in 1:41. 

Harvard won 20 out of 25 draw controls and converted on 15-of-18 clears. Katherine Martino picked up her fourth win of the season in the net, making six saves. Baskind won five draw controls, collected five ground balls and caused three turnovers.  Rookie Danielle Tetreault also had three caused turnovers, four draw controls and two ground balls.  Cyr won a team-best six draw controls.

Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale is 4-6 overall and 2-1 in Ivy League play after a 13-9 loss to New Hampshire Wednesday evening. The Bulldogs have dropped two straight after upsetting Boston University, 11-9, March 24.

Devon Rhodes paces the Eli offense with 16 goals and seven assists. She is one of three Bulldogs scoring in double digits. Kaitlyn Flatley and Jessica Sturgill have 14 and 10 goals, respectively. Rhodes leads the team in draw controls with 15, while Flatley has a team-best 14 caused turnovers. Whitney Quackenbush has scooped up 19 ground balls, which leads the Bulldogs

Quackenbush sports a 9.40 goals-against average and has stopped 100 shots this season. She has a .515 save percentage.

The Series
The Harvard/Yale series has been close in more than just wins and loss, as nine of the last 13 meetings have been decided by three goals or fewer. The Bulldogs have a 19-18-1 lead in the all-time series that dates back to the spring of 1974. Yale has won two of the last three. Kaitlin Martin ’09 scored four goals including the game-winner in an 8-5 win last year at Harvard Stadium. 

Scouting the Cavaliers
No. 4 Virginia entered the weekend with an 8-3 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the ACC. The Cavaliers play No. 19 Boston College Friday night before hosting the Crimson. Eleven Cavaliers scored to give Virginia a 22-7 win over Old Dominion Wednesday evening.

Virginia has outscored its opponents 140-105 so far this season with the help of seven Cavaliers with double-digit tallies. Kaitlin Duff paces the team with 25 goals and also has 12 assists. Josie Owen has a team-best 13 assists.  Brittany Kalkstein leads the team in ground balls with 24, draw controls with 48 and caused turnovers with 20.

Lauren Benner has spent the most time in the net, she sports a 8.20 goals-against average and has made 64 saves. She is 6-1 on the season. Kim Kolarik is 2-2 with a 12.43 goals-against average and 15 saves.

The Series
Harvard and Virginia have met two other times on the lacrosse field with the Cavalier earning the win both times. Virginia won last year’s meeting at Harvard Stadium, 13-9. The victory game 16 years after the first meeting between the schools, an 11-10 overtime victory for the Cavaliers. The game was played May 15, 1993 in the semifinal of the NCAA Tournament. Virginia went on to win the NCAA title that year.

Compared to the Rest
Jennifer VanderMeulen leads the league in scoring with her 29 tallies thus far. She is eighth in the nation in goals per game (3.63). She is second in the league and 28th in the nation in points per game (4.13) Melanie Baskind paces the league in caused turnovers with 17 (2.13 per game) and ground balls with 24 (3.00), which rank 14th and 16th in the nation, respectively.  Katherine Martino’s 9.51 goals-against average is 25th in the nation.

Jennifer VanderMeulen has scored at least one goal in all eight games this season. She has six games with three or more goals and six games with four or more points.

Ivy Player of the Week
Freshman Jennifer VanderMeulen has named Co-Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week March 29.  VanderMeulen led the Crimson with 10 goals and two assists in two games last week. She had a career-high six goals and two assists for a career-best eight points in a 19-4 win over Bryant as well as four goals against Brown. She had a draw control and a caused turnover against the Bears, while she had a ground ball, a draw control and two caused turnovers versus the Bulldogs.

VanderMeulen garnered Co-Offensive Player of the Week March 15. She was named to the Women’sLacrosse.com honor roll March 4 as well.

First Year Touch
All 10 Harvard goals in the Crimson’s season opening win over Massachusetts were scored by freshmen. In fact, all the points in the game were scored by first year players. Alexis Dal Col had five goals and Jennifer VanderMeulen had four goals and an assist.

On the Horizon
The Crimson returns to Harvard Stadium for three straight home games. Harvard plays a non-conference game against Holy Cross April 14.