Women's Lacrosse Closes 2010 By Hosting Boston College Under the Lights

Women's Lacrosse Closes 2010 By Hosting Boston College Under the Lights

Story Line
Harvard closes at its 2010 campaign at home against Boston College Wednesday night. The Crimson will recognize its three seniors prior to the start of the 7 p.m. contest.

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Last Time Out
Freshman Jennifer VanderMeulen and sophomore Melanie Baskind scored five goals each to lead the Harvard women's lacrosse team to a must-win victory over Columbia, 18-10, Saturday afternoon.

Baskind scored five goals and added an assist for a career-high six points to pace Crimson.  She won two draw controls and scooped up four ground balls in the win. VanderMeulen also won two draw controls and was a perfect 2-for-2 on free position shots. Classmate Micaela Cyr scored four goals, while rookie Danielle Tetreault and senior co-captain Sara Flood added two goals apiece. Tetreault also contributed two assists and two ground balls and won three draw controls.

Scouting Report
Harvard (7-7, 3-4 Ivy) has outscored, picked up more ground balls, won more draw controls and caused more turnovers that its opponents in its first 14 games this season. The Crimson won three Ivy League games for the first time since 2006, finishing in a tie for fifth in the Ivy League standings.

Jennifer VanderMeulen paces the Crimson and the Ivy League with 51 goals and 59 points. Danielle Tetreault and Sara Flood have 10 assists apiece to lead the team. Melanie Baskind leads the team and is second in the Ancient Eight in ground balls (39) and caused turnovers (24). Micaela Cyr has won a team-high 30 draw controls.

In the net, Katherine Martino sports a 9.92 goals-against average and has made 82 saves. She sports 6-5 record.

Scouting the Eagles
Boston College (12-5) is the winner of four of its last five games, including a 17-6 win over LeMoyne this past Saturday. The Eagles have appeared in the IWLCA top 20 poll several times this season and currently is 17th in the polls.

The tandem of Lauren Costello and Brooke Blue are tied for fifth in the nation in the top-point scoring tandem in Division I. Costello was 50 goals and 39 assists for 89 points, while Blue has 42 goals and 11 assists. Sheila Serafino leads the team in ground balls with 34, while Katherine Caufield has a team-best 32 draw controls and 20 caused turnovers.

Serefanio has started in all 17 games for the Eagles and sports an 8.16 goals-against average. She has 117 saves to go along with a .470 save percentage.

The Series
Boston College and Harvard met for the first time on the lacrosse field in 1979 and have since played 31 times. Harvard looks to improve upon its 26-5 lead in the series when it plays the 32nd game of the series under the lights. Harvard won 19 straight from 1979 to 1997 before the Eagles secured a victory. The Crimson has won the last two contests including a thrilling 9-8 victory in the final second of the game last year in Chestnut Hill.

Against the Bay State
Boston College is the fourth team from the state of Massachusetts on Harvard???s schedule this season. The Crimson is 2-1 against its Bay State rivals in 2010.

The Class of 2010
Sara Flood, Delia Pais and Katherine Martino make up the three members of the class of 2010. The trio has helped Harvard to 27 victories, including nine during their sophomore season, which was the most since 2002. Harvard began that season 7-1, its best start since 1992. The Crimson won three league games for the first time in 2010 and also beat rival Princeton for the first time in 18 years.  

League Honors
Freshman Jennifer VanderMeulen was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was one of three Crimson players to earn a spot on the All-Ivy League teams. VanderMeulen was selected to the first team, while sophomore Melanie Baskind earned a spot on the second team and freshman Micaela Cyr received honorable mention.