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Women's Lacrosse Hosts No. 10/11 Dartmouth Friday with Ivy League Championship On The Line

Harvard can clinch a berth into the Ivy League Tournament Friday against Dartmouth (Gil Talbot).

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The Storyline
Everything is on the line heading into the final week of the women's lacrosse regular season as the Ivy League Championship and all four spots in the Ivy Tournament are up for grabs. Harvard will make a final push to crash the party when it hosts No. 10/11 Dartmouth on Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in Harvard Stadium, and still has a shot at being called the 2012 Ivy League Champion and earn the right to host the tourney.

A live video stream and live stats will be available during Saturday's game through GoCrimson.com.

What's at Stake
Dartmouth and Penn currently own a share of first place in the Ivy League standings with a 5-1 record, while Cornell, Harvard and Princeton are tied for third at 4-2. Dartmouth, Cornell and Harvard each still have a chance to earn the No. 1 seed in the Ivy League Tournament and the right to host, while all five are battling for four spots in the tournament. Below is a breakdown of all the possible scenarios:

  • What does being tied for first in the final regular season standings mean?
    The team or teams with the best record will be crowned the Ivy League champion. This year that could be one team or up to five teams. The Ivy League tournament champion gets just that title and league's automatic bid. They are not considered the Ivy League champion - that is bestowed to the regular season champion(s).
  • What games are left to play?
    Wednesday: Princeton hosts Penn at 7 p.m.
    Friday: Harvard hosts Dartmouth at 7 p.m.
    Saturday: Brown hosts Cornell at 12 p.m.
  • What happens if Princeton beats Penn, Cornell loses and Harvard wins?
    Cornell would be eliminated. Dartmouth, Penn, Harvard and Princeton would all be tied at 5-2. Going head-to-head Harvard and Princeton would both be 2-1; while Dartmouth and Penn would be 1-2. Harvard would be the No. 1 seed because of its head-to-head over Princeton, making Princeton the No. 2 seed. Dartmouth would be the No. 3 seed because of its head-to-head over Penn, making Penn the No. 4 seed.
  • What happens if Princeton beats Penn, Cornell wins and Harvard loses?
    Dartmouth would be the No. 1 seed with a 6-1 record. Harvard at 4-3 would be out. Penn, Cornell and Princeton would all be 5-2. The first tie-breaking procedure is head-to-head, but all three teams would be 1-1 against each other. The next tie-breaker is record against the highest seed outside of the tie. In this case it would be Dartmouth. Princeton would be the No. 2 seed because it beat Dartmouth. Penn and Cornell both lost to Dartmouth, so it would go back to head-to-head giving Penn the No. 3 seed and Cornell No. 4 based on Penn's win over Cornell.
  • What happens if Princeton loses to Penn, Harvard beats Dartmouth and Cornell wins?
    Princeton would be eliminated from the tournament with a loss, even if both Cornell and Harvard lose, they both would get the tie-breaker over Princeton because both beat Princeton. In this scenario, Penn would get the No. 1 seed with a 6-1 record while Harvard, Dartmouth and Cornell would be tied at 5-2 while being 1-1 in the head-to-head. Dartmouth would be the No. 2 seed by virtue of its win over Penn, and Cornell would get the No. 3 seed by virtue of its win over Harvard. The Crimson would earn the No. 4 seed.
  • What happens if Princeton loses to Penn, Harvard beats Dartmouth and Cornell loses?
    Princeton would be eliminated from the tournament with a loss, even if both Cornell and Harvard lose, they both would get the tie-breaker over Princeton because both beat Princeton. In this scenario, Penn would get the No. 1 seed with a 6-1 record while Harvard and Dartmouth would be tied at 5-2. By virtue of its win over Dartmouth, Harvard would become the No. 2 seed with the Big Green earning the No. 3 seed. Cornell would enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed.
  • What happens if Princeton, Cornell and Harvard all win?
    There would be a five-way tie for first place at 5-2. Oddly enough that means all five teams would be named Ivy League champion. Head-to-head everyone is even. Record against the next highest seed would be irrelevant as all five beat Brown, Columbia and Yale. The next tiebreaker would be goal differential against each other. This can't be determined obviously since the final three games haven't been played. However as this point this would be the order - taking into consideration Cornell is the only team to have played the other four: Cornell +4, Dartmouth +1, Penn E, Princeton -1, Harvard -4. If the order holds true, after the three games, Cornell would be the No. 1 seed. Now that the highest seed has been determined, we go back to head-to-head (see figure 1). Harvard would be No. 2, Princeton No. 3 and Dartmouth No. 4. Penn would be eliminated.

Last Time Out
Danielle Tetreault
scored four goals for the second straight game as the Harvard women's lacrosse team defeated Columbia, 10-3, Saturday afternoon in New York City. The win was the Crimson's fourth straight as it remains in a three-way tie for third place in the Ivy League standings.

Tetreault's four goals came off nine shots with the junior adding two draw controls, one ground ball and one caused turnover on the defensive end. Chelsey Newman totaled two goals, five ground balls and one caused turnover as five different Crimson found the back of the net.

Kyleigh Keating recorded a career-high seven ground balls and four draw controls, while Micaela Cyr added five ground balls, two draw controls and one caused turnover. Kelly Weis made eight saves in 52:15 of action in goal before giving way to Julia Nagle who made her first career appearance, logging 7:45 with one save.

Harvard dominated the stat sheet with a 42-16 advantage in shots, a 33-19 edge in ground balls and a 12-3 margin in draw controls. The Crimson was also a perfect 15-of-15 on clear attempts. Kacie Johnson, the sixth leading scorer in the nation entering the weekend, was held scoreless for Columbia and Skylar Dabbar made 17 saves in goal.

Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth enters play this weekend ranked No. 10 in the deBeer Media Poll and No. 11 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Big Green carries a 10-3 overall record and is 5-1 in conference play after falling at then-No. 20 Princeton on Saturday, 12-9. The loss was Dartmouth's second in four games, albeit the other came at the hands of No. 2/2 Syracuse, 22-4.

Kirsten Goldberg (33g, 10a) and Sarah Plumb (31g, 11a) pace the Big Green with 43 points and 42 points, respectively. Plumb is also Dartmouth's top performer on the defensive end, as she leads the team in draw controls (67) and caused turnovers (13), while ranking second in ground balls (27). Lindsey Allard (17g, 9a) has added 26 points while Hana Bowers (16g, 6a) and Liz Calby (18g, 4a) have tallied 22 apiece.

Kristen Giovanniello has started all 13 games in goal and sports a 10-3 record with a 9.29 goals against average and a .464 save percentage. Harvard leads the all-time series with Dartmouth, 19-18-1, and took an 11-10 victory last season in the Ivy League Tournament quarterfinals.

Thank You, Seniors
Prior to Friday's game, Harvard will celebrate the accomplishments of this year's graduating seniors; Melanie Baskind, Chelsey Bowman, Kerry Clark, Ellen Gleason, Jess Halpern, Julia Nagle and Tyler Petropulos. The class of 2012 has been instrumental to the team's growth over the past four seasons, culminating in last year's appearance in the Ivy League Championship game. Harvard finished its 2011 campaign with a 10-7 record and 5-2 in the Ivy League, recording the team's highest win totals since 1994 and earning the program's first national ranking since 1997. The Crimson went 8-7 in 2010, marking the team's first winning season since 1996.

The class of 2012 has combined for more than 250 goals, more than 300 points, over 300 ground balls and better than 200 saves while earning six All-Ivy League and two regional All-America honors. 

Streaking
Harvard has won each of its last four games, marking the team's longest winning streak of the season. The Crimson has outscored its opponents 46-22 during this run while holding an 85-50 advantage in ground balls, a 48-28 edge in draw controls and a 45-40 margin in turnovers. Harvard has also won four straight at home in Harvard Stadium.

Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 6-2 this season at home and 4-1 inside Harvard Stadium. The Crimson has posted a 15-8 record at home over the last three seasons while going 13-4 at Harvard Stadium.

Dressed to the 9's
Senior co-captain Melanie Baskind has scored at least one goal in nine straight games, helping the Crimson to a 6-3 record in this time while going 4-0 in the Ancient Eight. Baskind has totaled 19 points on 14 goals and five assists during this stretch, and has added 20 ground balls, 12 draw controls and nine caused turnovers defensively.

Step Your Game Up
Junior Danielle Tetreault averaged 1.90 points over the Crimson's first 10 games, but has stepped her game up over the last four averaging 3.00 points. Tetreault has notched 12 goals during this span, including four in each of Harvard's last two outings.

Strength of Schedule
Harvard currently sits at 8-6 on the year, with all six of its losses coming against teams currently ranked in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. Harvard has already played nine teams which have been ranked in either the coaches poll or the deBeer Media Poll at some point this season, and will have played a total of 10 at season's end.

Getting Defensive
Harvard has held 10 of its 14 opponents to under 10 goals this season, and has held four to five goals or fewer. Harvard previously had not allowed five or fewer goals more than three times in a season since 1995 when it held five opponents to five or less. The Crimson held both Yale and Stanford to five or fewer goals in back-to-back games, marking the first time the team had accomplished the feat since 2002.

The Crimson entered the week ranked sixth in the NCAA having allowed just 7.93 goals per game, which would stand as the team's lowest goals against average since 2008 (the last year complete stats are available).

Between the Pipes
Freshman Kelly Weis has made all 14 starts in goal for the Crimson this season, and entered the week ranked fifth in the NCAA with an 7.72 goals against average. Her .473 save percentage was 13th-best in the country while her 7.00 saves per game were good for 48th.

Weis made 10 saves while helping the Crimson to a 9-8 double-overtime victory over No. 13 James Madison on March 6, matching Kerry Clark's total of 10 saves against Virginia last season for the most stops by a Harvard goalie since Katherine Martino '10 recorded 12 in a 17-9 win over Boston College on May 5, 2010. Weis has made at least eight saves in six games this season.

Sharing the Wealth
13 different Crimson have scored a goal in 2012 with 10 having scored at least four. Danielle Tetreault leads the way with 27 scores, while Jennifer VanderMeulen has notched 24. Melanie Baskind comes into play this weekend having notched 23 goals while Micaela Cyr has added 15.

Harvard had 13 different goal scorers last season with VanderMeulen (48), Tetreault (42), Jess Halpern (29), Baskind (28), Tyler Petropulos (14) and Chelsea Newman (10) each scoring at least 10.

Two Way Players
Midfielders Melanie Baskind, Micaela Cyr and Danielle Tetreault have led the Crimson on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field in 2012. Tetreault ranks first on the team in goals (27), points (31) and draw controls (28), while Baskind is second in goals (23), points (29) and ground balls (32). Cyr has collected a team-high 34 ground balls while adding 15 goals, and ranks second in caused turnovers with 11 behind Baskind's team-leading 13.

Ivy League Honors
Melanie Baskind was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season on April 16 after leading Harvard to a perfect 2-0 week. Baskind totaled four goals, five ground balls, five draw controls and four caused turnovers, and scored the game-winning goal in both contests as Harvard took down Holy Cross, 10-4, and No. 18 Princeton, 10-7.

Baskind also earned the honor April 9 after finishing the week with three points (2g, 1a), eight ground balls and three caused turnovers, and was named defensive player of the week for the first time in her career Feb. 27 after scoring three goals and collecting five ground balls in the team's season opening 11-9 win over Boston University. Freshman Kelly Weis was given the accolade March 26 with 15 saves against just 12 goals in a 1-1 week for Harvard, giving the Crimson four honors for the season.

Fielding Grounders
Sophomore Kyleigh Keating recorded a career-high seven ground balls April 21 at Columbia, the most by a Crimson student-athlete since Melanie Baskind notched seven vs. Columbia on April 23, 2011.

Sixth Sense
Junior Jennifer VanderMeulen tied her career-high with six goals on April 7 against Brown, marking the most goals scored by a Crimson student-athlete since senior Tyler Petropulos netted seven on March 7, 2009 versus Quinnipiac. VanderMeulen has scored six goals three times in her career, including twice as a freshman in 2010.

Drawing it Up
Sophomore Kyleigh Keating recorded a career-high six draw controls as Harvard out-drew Brown 17-9 on April 7. Keating's six draw controls marked the most for the team since Kaitlin Martin '09 tallied seven on March 25, 2009 at Albany.

Getting Off on the Right Foot
Harvard held both Yale and Stanford scoreless in the first half and outscored the two 12-0 before the break. The Crimson is 7-1 this season when leading at the half, 0-5 when trailing and 1-0 when tied.

Monumental Moment
Harvard competed in the first-ever women's collegiate sporting event held at Gillette Stadium, home of the three-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, when it took to the field against then No. 2/2 Syracuse on March 31. The game was part of a women's lacrosse double-header, as No. 1/1 Northwestern and No. 14/16 Ohio State took to the field after the Crimson and Orange.

Former Crimson Named Finalists for National Lacrosse Hall of Fame
Harvard alumnae Sarah (Downing) Nelson '94 and Maggie Vaughan '90 are among the 12 finalists on the 2012 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame women's ballot. Vaughan helped Harvard to the program's first NCAA Championship in 1990 and was a four-time Ivy League champion, while Nelson was a two-time Ivy League champion and a three-time All-Ivy honoree. Click here to read the full story.

Nail Biters
Harvard played five games between March 6 and March 24 which were decided by a total of seven goals, with three of those games being decided by a one-goal margin. The Crimson has played in 15 one-goal games under head coach Lisa Miller and sports a 7-8 record.

Overtime Thrillers
The Crimson went to overtime against both No. 13 James Madison and No. 9/10 Penn, marking the first time in program history that Harvard has played in back-to-back overtime games. Harvard is 5-5 all-time in overtime games and has never gone to overtime more than twice in a season.

National Prominence
Harvard is currently receiving votes in the IWLCA Coaches Polls, and opened the season ranked 19th in the deBeer Media Poll. The Crimson moved up to No. 16 in the media poll after its season-opening 11-9 win over Boston University, but has since fallen from the ranking.

Week of
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April 16
April 9
April 2
March 26
March 19
March 12
March 5
Feb. 27
Feb. 20

deBeer Women's Media Poll
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IWLCA Coaches Poll
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Hat Trick Heroes
Harvard has notched 15 hat tricks this season with Melanie Baskind and Danielle Tetreault leading the way with four. Micaela Cyr and Jennifer VanderMeulen have added three apiece. VanderMeulen also leads all active Crimson with 25 career hat tricks.

Name
Melanie Baskind
Micaela Cyr
Jess Halpern
Tyler Petropulos
Danielle Tetreault
Jennifer VanderMeulen

2012 Hat Tricks
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Career Hat Tricks
12
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23
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25

To Be the Best, You Have to Beat the Best
Harvard has knocked off a top 20 opponent in each of the last four seasons, including two in 2012. The Crimson has had plenty of opportunities to show its metal against the premier teams in the nation this season, as 10 of the team's scheduled opponents have been ranked in either the deBeer Media Poll or the IWLCA Preseason Coaches Poll including Boston College, Cornell, Dartmouth, James Madison, John's Hopkins, Penn, Princeton, Stanford, Syracuse, and Virginia.

Climbing the Charts
Junior Jennifer VanderMeulen and senior Jess Halpern currently rank among Harvard's all-time top 10 scorers. VanderMeulen has moved into fifth place with 128 career goals while her 144 points have her eighth. Halpern has netted 117 career goals, good for ninth in program history, with her 139 points placing her 10th in the school record books.

In the News
Harvard was featured by Lacrosse Magazine's Clare Lochary on March 14 in her column, "Surprise Upsets Continue in WD1." Lochary broke down the Crimson's double-overtime win over No. 13 James Madison and detailed its importance to the Crimson's development under head coach Lisa Miller. Click here to read the full column.

Catch the Crimson in 2012
Harvard has announced that 11 home men's and women's lacrosse games will be streamed online from Harvard Stadium during the 2012 season, marking the third straight year fans of Harvard lacrosse will have the opportunity to watch the Crimson live from home.

A total of six women's games will be available to watch, beginning with the Crimson's March 21 showdown with Boston College, its first inside Harvard Stadium. Each home contest for the remainder of the year will be streamed.

A full season pass for either the men's or women's team will be available for just $29.95, while single games can be purchased for $9.95. Click here to sign up for your season pass today.

Tewaaraton Award Watch List
Junior's Jennifer VanderMeulen and Danielle Tetreault were named to the 2012 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, which is comprised of the top 50 women's lacrosse student-athletes from all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse. VanderMeulen and Tetreault are the latest Crimson to be put up for the prestigious award, after current teammates Jess Halpern and Micaela Cyr were nominated in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

VanderMeulen is coming off a season in which she was named to the Synapse Sports All-America second team, IWLCA All-Region first team and All-Ivy League first team after ranking 18th in the NCAA in goals per game (3.0) and 30th in goals (48). She currently ranks 10th in program history with 104 career goals, while her 56 scores in 2010 rank fifth on Harvard's single-season list.

Tetreault was a first team all-region and second team all-Ivy selection a year ago, and ranked 31st in the nation with 2.63 goals per game. Tetreault boasts 62 career goals, 17 assists and 79 points in 31 career games.

Captaining the Ship
Seniors Melanie Baskind, Ellen Gleason and Tyler Petropulos were voted by their teammates as captains for the 2012 season. Baskind and Petropulos also served as captains last season, making them just the sixth and seventh student-athletes in program history to be voted captain in consecutive seasons. Carroll Clark '92 was the first to do so when she captained both the 1991 and 1992 squads, and was followed by Daphne Clark '97 (1996 & 1997), Ali Harper '01 (2000 & 2001), Lauren Bobzin '08 (2007 & 2008) and Sara Flood '10 (2009 & 2010). This is just the sixth time in program history three Crimson had been chosen to lead the team.

Two-Sport Star Baskind Featured by New England Lacrosse Journal
Senior Melanie Baskind, who captains both the women's lacrosse and women's soccer teams and is an All-Ivy League honoree in both sports, was recently featured by Sammi Gorman of the New England Lacrosse Journal.

"In the city of Boston — a breeding ground for both star athletes and top students at some of the world's best academic institutions — Melanie Baskind is different.

"She's not the only student with a 3.8 grade-point average as a neurobiology major at a top school like Harvard, and she's not the only athlete to get league Player of the Year honors in her sport. She is the only one to do those things and be a threat to earn those kind of honors in two sports."

Click here to read the full article.

Historical Perspective
Harvard captured the program's first national championship in 1990 when it defeated Maryland, 8-7. The Crimson won four games that season by a single goal en route to a 15-0 record, with Jenny Walser '90 scoring the game winner in three of those four games, including the national title contest. Julia French '90, Charlotte Joslin '90 and Maggie Vaughan '90 were named first team All-America following the season while Susan Carls '91 and Karen Everling '90 were named to the second team. Four-year letterwinners Everling, French and Walser graduated with a career record of 50-8-1, including a perfect 23-0 mark in the Ivy League.

The Crimson has made a total of nine NCAA Tournament appearances and has reached the national championship game three times. Harvard has also won 11 Ivy League Championships, tied with Dartmouth for the most in conference history.