Women's Lacrosse Hosts Yale Saturday in Crucial Ivy League Battle

Women's Lacrosse Hosts Yale Saturday  in Crucial Ivy League Battle

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

The Harvard women's lacrosse team looks to remain in the win column when Yale visits Cambridge Saturday for an Ancient Eight match-up. The Crimson, who welcomes back its alumnae, and Bulldogs face-off at 1 p.m. in Harvard Stadium.

Follow from home
Live video and audio will be streamed on GoCrimson.com for a fee Saturday. Kathryn Tylander '07 will have the call for Harvard's game against Yale. Live statistics will also be available at game time. Click on the links above for more details.

Welcome Back Alumnae
Saturday is alumnae day for the women's lacrosse team. Crimson alumnae will play against each other at Harvard Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. A children's clinic will be offered before the alumnae game at 9 a.m.

Scouting the Crimson
Harvard is 2-3 overall and 1-1 in Ivy League play entering today'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 13 goals and two assists for 15 points. Jennifer VanderMeulen (13g), Jess Halpern (10g) and Melanie Baskind (9g, 2a), have been scoring threats for the Crimson, who is second in the Ivy League and 35th in the nation in scoring offense.

Micaela Cyr leads the team and is second in the Ivy League in draw controls with 21, while Baskind lead the team with nine ground balls. Ellen Gleason paces the Crimson with five caused turnovers. Kerry Clark has made 31saves in the cage and sports a 12.40 goals-against average.

Last Time Out
Jess Halpern scored four goals as Harvard used a second-half surge to hand Johns Hopkins a 12-8 defeat Sunday at home. Jennifer VanderMeulen added three goals and Danielle Tetreault added a goal and won four draw controls in the winning effort.

After Harvard scored first, the Blue Jays led the rest of the first half, taking a 7-4 advantage into the break. VanderMeulen evened the score less than three minutes into the second session and Tyler Petropulos gave the Crimson its first lead of the day five minutes later. Johns Hopkins tied it at 8 before four straight Harvard goals in the final 14 minutes of the game sealed the victory.

Four players collected two ground balls in the win, while Alexis Buckley caused two turnovers and Kerry Clark made six saves in the net.

Scouting the Bulldogs
Despite holding a 4-3 lead early in the second half Wednesday night, Yale fell to Boston University, 12-5 to fall to 1-6 on the season.

The Bulldogs average 5.71 goals per game. Devon Rhodes and Caroline Crow paces the offense with 13 and 12 goals, respectively. Rhodes has a team-best 14 draw controls, while Kaitlyn Flatley leads the team with 13 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.

Whitney Quackenbush has seen the most time in goal and sports a 10.17 goals-against average. She has 45 saves to her credit.

Series History
The all-time series with Yale is the one of the closest in program history. The Bulldogs hold a 20-18-1 advantage in the series that dates back to 1975. Yale has won three of the last four meetings, with Harvard winning at home in 2009, 8-5.

National Rankings
The Harvard women are ranked 18th in the nation by Synapse Sports, formerly womenslacrosse.com, and are receiving votes in the IWLCA poll for a third week in a row.

Against the Rest
The Crimson leads the Ivy League and is 19th in the nation in draw controls (13.4 per game), Harvard is the most accurate team in the league, converting on 52.5 percent of its shots this season.

Individually, Danielle Tetreault and Jennifer VanderMeulen are 50th the nation in goals per game (2.6) and Micaela Cyr is 10th in the country in draw controls with 4.2 per contest.

Around the League
Dartmouth visits Columbia Saturday for an 11 a.m. start, while Cornell travels to Penn and Princeton hosts Georgetown in games that start Sunday at 1 p.m.

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
Boston College, Penn and Stanford were 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. 12 Princeton (April 16), No. 18 Dartmouth (April 29) and No. 19 Boston College (March 17).

Home Sweet Home
Harvard will play Saturday's game and the remainder of its home schedule at Harvard Stadium.

Up Next
Harvard remains at home for two more non-league contests. The Crimson hosts New England foe New Hampshire April 1 and welcomes nationally ranked Virginia April 3.