Baskind Named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week

Baskind earned the first weekly award of her career after leading the Crimson to a win over BU (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior co-captain Melanie Baskind has been named the Ivy League’s Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Crimson to an 11-9 season-opening win over Boston University.

Baskind led the Crimson on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field Saturday, registering her ninth career hat trick while collecting a game-high five ground balls. The midfielder converted on all three of her shot attempts and also won two draw controls and caused two turnovers.

Baskind’s first goal gave Harvard a 5-3 lead with 8:37 remaining in the opening half, as the team went into the intermission on top, 5-4. She added back-to-back tallies in less than a minute in the second half to put Harvard in front by three-goals, 8-5, its largest lead of the day. Baskind’s defensive efforts came up clutch late in the game, as she forced one turnover and recorded two ground balls in the final nine minutes to help hold off a Terrier comeback.

This is the first weekly award of Baskind’s career and Harvard’s first defensive player of the week honor since Kathryn Tylander '08 took home the award on March 4, 2008.

Harvard returns to action Saturday, March 3 when it hosts Cornell at 12 p.m. at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.