Photo of Melanie Baskind courtesy of Gil Tablot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team used a 9-0 second half run to earn a 15-9 win over Columbia Saturday at Harvard Stadium. Jennifer VanderMeulen scored five goals and three other Crimson players recorded hat tricks as Harvard improves to 9-4- overall and 5-1 in Ivy League play.
The Crimson, who has already secured a spot in the Ivy League tournament, will play Dartmouth for a share of the Ivy League title next Friday in Hanover, N.H. Penn clinched a share of the Ancient Eight trophy with a win over Brown today.
Melanie Baskind, Jess Halpern and Danielle Tetreault each scored three goals and Tetreault had an assist in the come-from-behind win over the Lions. Nina Kucharczyk also put one away for her sixth on the season. Tyler Petropulos had an assist to go along with three ground balls, a draw control and two caused turnovers. Chelsey Newman led the team with three draw controls, while Tetreault and Kerry Clark also had a team-high three ground balls.
Harvard got off to a slow start and Columbia took advantage by pulling away 3-1 seven minutes into the game. The Lions held a 4-2 lead after 11 minutes of play. After 15 minutes with no scoring, the Columbia opened up a 5-2 lead. Halpern and Baskind scored with less than two minutes to play to pull within 5-4 at the half.
Columbia scored three of the first four goals in the second session to take a 8-5 lead with 23:09 to play. Over the next 15 minutes, the Crimson erased its deficit and took a 17-8 lead with five minutes to play. Harvard scored nine straight goals, including five off free position shots. With just over a minute to play, Columbia snuck a goal into the net for its first tally in more than 22 minutes.
Clark made five saves in the cage for the Crimson. Harvard edged the Lions in ground balls, 21-8, but was beaten on the draw, 14-11.
VanderMeulen's five goals on the day moved her into 10th on the Harvard goals list with 98 career tallies. Halpern, with 107 goals, is eighth on the list. Halpern is also 10th on the Harvard points list with 129.
Harvard travels to Hanover, N.H., Friday night for a chance to win a share of its first Ivy League title under head coach Lisa Miller.