Harvard Women's Soccer Looks to Remain Atop Ivy Standings, Hosts Dartmouth on Senior Day

Harvard Women's Soccer Looks to Remain Atop Ivy Standings, Hosts Dartmouth on Senior Day

The Harvard Class of 2012 (l to r): Melanie Baskind, Sophie Legros, Patricia Yau, Lindsey Kowal, Hana Taiji and Rebecca Millock.

The Game:
The Crimson hosts Dartmouth in the home finale as Harvard looks to remain in first place in the Ancient Eight. The game will be played at the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m. 

Harvard sits atop the standings with a 4-0-1 conference mark and is 10-4-1 overall. The Big Green enters the weekend 3-11-0 and 1-4-0 in league play.

Senior Day:
Prior to the game, Melanie Baskind, Lindsey Kowal, Sophie Legros, Rebecca Millock, Hana Taiji and Patricia Yau will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony.

The Matchup:
Harvard and Dartmouth have played 33 times since 1978, with the Crimson holding a 16-14-3 edge in the series. The teams are 1-1-1 in the last three contests.

About Harvard:
The Crimson, which is riding an eight-game unbeaten streak (7-0-1), is led offensively by Melanie Baskind, who paces the Ivy League in points (22) and is tied for first with seven goals and eight assists. Baskind now ranks seventh in program history with 77 career points and 26 goals and is sixth with 25 assists.

Meg Casscells-Hamby (4-5-13) and Elizabeth Weisman (5-1-11) stand second and third, respectively, on the Crimson in scoring.
In net, Bethany Kanten, who has started four straight games, owns a 1.04 goals-against average, to go along with one shutout and 34 saves this fall.
The Crimson is outscoring opponents, 31-23,  including 21-13 in the second half of games. Harvard has earned 86 corner kicks, while opponents only have 38 to their credit. The Crimson is also outshooting teams, 230-161. In conference games, Harvard has an 10-5 edge in goals, including a 6-2 edge at home.
About Dartmouth:
The Big Green have dropped four straight after losing at home to Columbia, 2-1, Oct. 22. With three goals and six points, Tasha Wilkins is the team leader in scoring.
Tatiana Saunders and Colleen Hogan have split time in net this season. Saunders has a 1.68 goals-against mark and 35 saves, while Hogan boasts a 1.37 goals-against average to go along with 11 saves.
The Big Green has been outscored, 23-7, including 14-5 in the second half of games.
Around The Ivy League:
With 13 points, Harvard sits in first in the Ancient Eight with a 4-0-1 conference mark. Penn, who visits Brown today, is in second place at 4-1 and 12 points. The Bears, Yale and Columbia are tied for third with identical 3-2 marks and nine points.

The Crimson controls its own destiny with two games remaining. If Harvard wins out, the Crimson will win the Ivy League and earn the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.

There Is No Place Like Home:
Harvard owns a 9-1 record at home games this fall, including a 7-1 mark at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium and a 2-0 record at Ohiri Field. The Crimson has outscored teams, 24-12, in nine home contests.

Coming Up:
The Crimson closes out the regular season at Columbia Nov. 5.