Harvard’s seven All-Ivy selections are the most for the program since 1990 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – seven members of the Harvard women’s lacrosse team were named to the All-Ivy League teams on Wednesday, highlighted by Ellen Gleason’s unanimous selection to the first team. Melanie Baskind and Danielle Tetreault received second team honors, while Micaela Cyr, Mariel Jenkins, Jennifer VanderMeulen and Kelly Weis were named to the honorable mention.
Gleason has started all 15 games on defense for the Crimson, collecting 13 ground balls, four draw controls and four caused turnovers. The senior co-captain has helped to turn the Harvard defense into one of the top units in the country, as the Crimson entered the week ranked fifth in the NCAA having allowed just 7.73 goals per game. Gleason and her counterparts have limited 11 of Harvard’s 15 opponents to less than 10 goals, and have held five to five or fewer. This is Gleason’s second straight All-Ivy accolade after having been named to the second team in 2011.
Baskind’s selection to the second team marks the third straight year the senior co-captain has been recognized by the conference’s head coaches. She was a first team selection in 2011, and made an appearance on the second team in 2010. Baskind has been a catalyst for the Crimson on both ends of the field this season, ranking first on the team in assists (6) and caused turnovers (13), second in points (31), ground balls (34) and draw controls (21), and third in goals (25). She was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week three times and enters play this weekend having scored at least one goal in 10 straight games.
Tetreault was named to the second team for a second straight season after posting a team-high 32 points and 28 goals heading into the Ivy League Tournament. The junior midfielder also leads the Crimson in draw controls with 29 and has converted a team-best eight free position attempts. Additionally, Tetreault ranks third in assists (4) and fourth in ground balls (18). She has scored at least one goal in all 15 games this season and has averaged 2.60 goals per game over the team’s last five contests.
Cyr, like Baskind and Tetreault, has been a force at both ends of the field for Harvard. She is fourth on the team with 17 goals this season, just two off her career high, and also ranks fourth with 19 points. Cyr’s 36 ground balls lead the team while her three game-winning goals are also tops on the squad. The junior has registered three hat tricks on the year and collected a career-high six ground balls in the team’s win over Holy Cross. This marks the second straight year that Cyr has earned honorable mention status.
Jenkins was an integral piece to the Ancient Eight's top-rated defense. Jenkins' career-high 17 ground balls placed her fifth on the team, while she also registered a career-best 10 draw controls and three caused turnovers. The defender boasts one goal on the year, a strike against Princeton to help lift the Crimson to victory.
VanderMeulen is now a three-time All-Ivy honoree after having been named to the first team in 2010 and 2011. The junior currently ranks fifth in Harvard history with 130 career goals and eighth with 148 points, and this season ranks second on the squad with 26 goals, five assists and 31 points. VanderMeulen has recorded three hat tricks in 2012, including a career-high six-goal performance in the team’s win over Stanford.
Weis earned her first All-Ivy recognition as an honorable mention selection following her impressive freshman campaign. She currently ranks fifth in the NCAA with a 7.54 goals against average and 11th with a .484 save percentage, and leads the Ancient Eight in both categories. Weis was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week twice while recording at least eight saves in a game seven times.
Harvard’s seven All-Ivy selections are the most for the program since garnering nine in 1990. The Crimson boasts a total of 136 All-Ivy honorees since 1980, and has earned 19 in five seasons under head coach Lisa Miller.
Harvard is set to begin play in the 2012 Ivy League Tournament Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m. against Penn in Philadelphia, Pa. For a complete tournament preview, click here.