CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman Jennifer VanderMeulen and sophomore Melanie Baskind scored hat tricks to lead the Harvard women's lacrosse team to an 11-9 win over Princeton Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Crimson (6-6, 2-3 Ivy) records its first victory over the Tigers (5-8, 3-2 Ivy) since 1992.
Princeton struck first, scoring 2:25 into the contest, before Harvard scored two in a row to take a 2-1 lead nine minutes into the first half. The Tigers tied it at 2-2, but that was as close as the visiting team would get for the rest of the game. VanderMeulen scored the first of four straight Harvard tallies with 16:50 left in the first half. Princeton scored with 25 seconds left in the frame to make it 6-3 at the half.
Harvard stretched its lead to as many as five, twice in the second session before the Tigers closed the game. Princeton scored four games in the final 10 minutes of the game, including two with less than 1:19 to play, but the Crimson defense held strong, forcing a turnover with 15 seconds left to play.
Senior Katherine Martino made seven saves in the net to improve to 5-4 on the season. Kucharczyk and sophomore Ellen Gleason each had two caused turnovers in the game, while senior co-captain Delia Pais collected a team-high three ground balls. Pais, Gleason and junior Sam McMahon played tough defense throughout the game to hold the Tigers to just nine goals. Baskind won three draw controls to pace the Crimson.
At halftime, Harvard recognized the 1990 NCAA Championship team, who were in town to celebrate its 20th anniversary on Alumni Day. Banners for the national championship team, Harvard's NCAA tournament appearances and Harvard's Ivy League titles were unveiled during the ceremony.
Harvard closes out its homestand when nationally ranked Dartmouth visits Cambridge Wednesday, April 21. First draw is slated for 4 p.m.