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Women's Lacrosse Begins Homestand With Johns Hopkins Sunday

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.

Particulars
The Harvard women's lacrosse team is back at home after playing Thursday on the road. The Crimson faces Johns Hopkins in the first of four straight home contests Sunday at noon.

Scouting the Crimson
Harvard is 1-3 overall and 1-1 in Ivy League play heading into Sunday's contest. Eight Crimson players have found the back of the net for a team that averages 12.0 goals per game. Danielle Tetreault paces the offense with 12 goals and two assists for 14 points. Jennifer VanderMeulen (11g), Melanie Baskind (7g, 2a), Micaela Cyr (6g, 1a), and Jess Halpern (6g) have been scoring threats for the Crimson.

Cyr leads the team in draw controls with 18, while Baskind lead the team with seven ground balls. Baskind and Gleason lead the team with four caused turnovers. Kerry Clark has made 25 saves in the cage and sports a 13.5 goals-against average.

Last Time Out
Danielle Tetreault scored at hat trick as falls at No. 20 Boston College, 15-10,Thursday afternoon. Tetreault scored three goals on six shots, scooped up a ground ball and caused a turnover in the loss. Melanie Baskind, Jess Halpern, ad Jennifer VanderMeulen each had two tallies, while Chelsey Newman scored a goal for the Crimson. Micaela Cyr won five draw controls, while Baskind, Ellen Gleason and Tomkinson joined Tetreault with one caused turnover. Kerry Clark made four saves in the net.

VanderMeulen put the Crimson on the board first and after tallies from Halpern and Newman, Harvard led, 3-1, seven minutes into the game. The Eagles scored five of the next six goals to take a 6-4 lead with five minutes left in the first half. VanderMeulen and Tetreault scored two before the end of the half to pull the Crimson within, 7-6.

Boston College started the second off with two straight goals to extend its lead to 9-6. Goals from Halpern and Tetreault and a pair of Baskind tallies evened the score at 10 with nine minutes to play. The Eagles scored the final five goals of the game to earn the victory.

Scouting the Blue Jays
Johns Hopkins, which is also received votes in this week's IWLCA poll is 4-2 overall and 2-1 on the road this season. The Blue Jays have three double-digit scorers in Colleen McCaffrey (15), Candace Rossi (11) and Taylor D'Amore (10). JHU averages 13.33 goals per game and has held its opponents to 7.17 tallies per contest. McCaffrey paces the team in draw controls with 16 while, Alyssa Kildare has 18 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. Cosette Larash has played the entire time in the net and owns a 7.17 goals-against average. She has 47 saves to her credit. Series History
The two teams have met twice in program history with each winning one contest. JHU earned a 15-10 victory last year at home, while the Crimson earned a 9-8 victory in the ECAC tournament in 2002. National Rankings
The Harvard women are receiving votes in the IWLCA poll for a second week in a row.

Against the Rest
Harvard entered the week ranked in the top 30 in several national statistics. The Crimson has the 27th best offense in the nation, averaging 12.67 goals per game and is 29th in draw controls with 13.3 per game.

Individually, Danielle Tetreault is 23rd in the nation in goals per game and Micaela Cyr is eighth in the country in draw controls with 4.43 per contest.

Around the League
Yale and Penn meet Saturday in the only Ivy League contest of the weekend. Princeton travels to Virginia and Dartmouth heads to Duke March 19 as well. On Sunday Cornell faces Notre Dame in Baltimore and Brown hosts Bryant. O' Captain, My Captain
Senior Sam McMahon and juniors Melanie Baskind and Tyler Petropulos were elected captains for the 2011 season. It's the fifth time in program history three players have been selected to lead the team and only the second since 1999.

Multi Sports Stars
Several Harvard players also moonlight on fall sports teams. Melanie Baskind is a member of the women's soccer team. She was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2008 and has earned second-team (2009) and first-team (2010) All-Ivy League honors as well. She was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team selection last fall.

Sophomore Nina Kucharczyk and freshmen Mariah Pewarski and Morgan Powell suit up for the field hockey team as well.

Tough Road Ahead
Stanford was the first of several nationally ranked teams on the Crimson's docket this spring. Six teams on Harvard's schedule appear in this week's IWLCA Division I poll: No.4 Penn (March 12), No. 7 Virginia (April 3), No. 7 Stanford, No. 15 Princeton (April 16), No. 18 Dartmouth (April 29) and No. 20 Boston College (March 17).

Home Sweet Home
Harvard will play its home games at the new Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium and Harvard Stadium. Soldiers Field was unveiled in the fall of 2010 and is one of the premier lacrosse and soccer facilities in the Northeast. Features seating capacity of up to 2,500 fans, including permanent bleachers which seat 1,000 spectators, as well as additional space for standing room only sections. Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium also has a permanent press box and lights, which allow for games to be played at night. The Crimson is slated to play its first home game of the season there before moving to Harvard Stadium.

Up Next
Harvard gets back into Ivy League action Saturday against Yale. The Crimson hosts the Bulldogs at noon in Harvard Stadium. The team will welcome back its alumnae for the game.