Melanie Baskind Tabbed Ivy League Player of the Week for Second Time

Melanie Baskind Tabbed Ivy League Player of the Week for Second Time

Melanie Baskind now has 50 points in her career (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After accumulating a career-high six points on two goals and two assists in a critical 4-0 victory for the Harvard women’s soccer team at Princeton Saturday, junior forward Melanie Baskind has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week, the conference announced. This marks the second time this fall that Baskind has been so honored by the Ancient Eight (Sept. 27).

Baskind had a hand in all four of Harvard’s goals in the win over the Tigers, establishing a new career-high with six points in the process.  A native of Framingham, Mass., she netted two goals and assisted on two other tallies, while firing six shots, all of which were on target.  Baskind gave the Crimson a 1-0 lead at 18:29, beating Princeton goalkeeper Kristin Watson in a one-on-one opportunity.  

In the second half, Baskind assstied on Katherine Sheeleigh’s goal at 60:59, and then scored her second tally less than four minutes later at 64:18. On her second goal, Baskind fired a hard shot from 18 yards out that sailed over the goalkeeper’s head, making it 3-0 Harvard.  Only two minutes later, Baskind picked up her second assist of the game on a score by Alexandra Conigliaro at 66:21.  The victory helped keep Harvard (6-6-1) alive in the Ivy League title race, pushing the Crimson’s conference mark to 3-2 with two games remaining. The Crimson is tied with Princeton for third in the Ivy League standings with nine points, trailing Penn and Columbia by a single point.

Harvard will host Quinnipiac in a non-conference matchup Monday evening at 7 p.m. The game will be held at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.