Harvard knocked off No. 18 Princeton to move into a three-way tie for third place in the Ivy League (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's lacrosse outscored No. 18 Princeton 4-1 in the second half and dominated the time of possession en route to a 10-7 win Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium. The win was the Crimson's third straight and pulls the team into a three-way tie for third place in the Ivy League standings.
Harvard (7-6, 3-2 Ivy League) took control of the game early as Danielle Tetreault scored her first of four goals off the opening draw for a 1-0 lead. Princeton's (6-6, 3-2 Ivy League) first possession ended with a Kelly Weis save and the Crimson took a 2-0 lead on its ensuing possession when Kyleigh Keating found Jennifer VanderMeulen on her way to the net. Harvard took a three-goal advantage at the 21:43 mark with Keating's first score.
Princeton got on the board with a Cassie Pyle goal but Tetreault responded moments later to move the score to 4-1. The Tigers began to gain momentum as they tied the game at four with three straight goals before Mariel Jenkins ended the run with her first score of the year for a 5-4 margin. VanderMeulen and Keating teamed up once again just 24 seconds later, putting Harvard on top by two, 6-4. Princeton came back once more, however, and retied the game at 6-6 before the half.
Keating opened the scoring in the second half with her second marker of the game, before Barb Previ tied things up for a third time at 7-7. Harvard took over from there, however, outscoring the Tigers 3-0 over the final 20-plus minutes. Melanie Baskind gave the Crimson the lead for good with 20:24 remaining, and Tetreault extended the lead to 9-7 with 15:51 to play. Tetreault tacked on an insurance goal with 9:58 on the clock, and Harvard held possession of the ball for the final 7:06 to hang on for the 10-7 victory.
Tetreault scored a season-high four goals on seven shots to lead the Crimson attack, and added two ground balls and three draw controls on the defensive end. Keating set a new career high with four points on two goals and two assists, and also collected two ground balls and one draw control. VanderMeulen also notched two scores with Baskind and Jenkins recording one apiece.
VanderMeulen's two goals moves her career total to 126, good for fifth place in Harvard history.
Weis made five saves in goal to pick up the win, including three in the second half. Micaela Cyr and Baskind collected three ground balls and two ground balls, respectively, while Ellen Gleason caused two turnovers.
Harvard outshot Princeton, 22-15, and held a 14-9 advantage in ground balls. The Tigers outdrew the Crimson, 10-9, while both Harvard (12-13) and Princeton (8-9) were successful on all but one clear attempt. Pyle scored three goals to lead the Tigers as Annie Woehling made eight saves in the loss.
Harvard returns to action Saturday, April 21 when it heads out on the road to take on Columbia at 12 p.m.
Game Notes: Harvard's victory moves the team into a three-way tie for third place in the Ivy League standings with Cornell and Princeton … Junior Jennifer VanderMeulen moved into fifth place in Harvard history with 126 career goals ... Junior Danielle Tetreault scored a season-high four goals … Sophomore Kyleigh Keating record a career-high four points (2g, 2a) … Senior Melanie Baskind has scored at least one goal in eight straight games … Harvard has held nine of its 13 opponents to under 10 goals this season, including each of its last three … Harvard's victory over No. 18 Princeton is its second of the year over a top 20 opponent … Harvard improves to 6-2 this season at home and 4-1 inside Harvard Stadium.