Photo of Jennifer VanderMeulen courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jennifer VanderMeulen scored a hat trick as the Harvard women's lacrosse team scored eight unanswered goals in a come-from-behind win over New Hampshire, 8-6, Friday night at Harvard Stadium.
VanderMeulen scored three goals on five shots including a 2-for-3 effort on free positions to lead the Crimson (4-3). Jess Halpern added two goals while Melanie Baskind, Tyler Petropulos and Danielle Tetreault each found the back of the net.
New Hampshire controlled the opening draw and dominated on offense for the first 20 minutes of the game, outshooting the Crimson 12-1 and taking a quick 6-0 lead. After the Wildcats scored its sixth tally of the game, Baskind won the draw and ran straight for the net, where she put in Harvard's first scored of the night with 10:16 left to play. Halpern scored the next two goals for the Crimson, almost seven minutes apart. Her second goal on the night was part of three Crimson goals in the final 90 seconds of the first half. Tetreault scored an unassisted tally with 16 seconds on the clock before Chelsey Newman found VanderMeulen with four ticks on the clock to pull the Crimson within, 6-5, at the half.
VanderMeulen scored the first two goals of the second session. The first tally game five minutes in to the frame to even the score and the game-winner came with 10:31 left on the clock. Petropulos scored as time expired to give the Crimson at least eight goals for the seventh time this season.
Kerry Clark made five saves in the net and played 40 minutes of shutout lacrosse for the second straight game. She had two great saves in the final five minute of the game to preserve the win.
Tetreault won four draw controls for the Crimson, collected a ground ball and caused a turnover for the Crimson. Baskind won three draw controls and VanderMeulen led the Crimson with three ground balls.
Harvard turns around and plays No. 7 Virginia at home Sunday afternoon for the final contest of a four game home stand. The Crimson and Cavaliers face-off at noon.