Baskind Tabbed Ivy Player of the Year; Five Crimson Earn All-Ancient Eight Honors

Baskind Tabbed Ivy Player of the Year;  Five Crimson Earn All-Ancient Eight Honors

Melanie Baskind and the Crimson face No. 12 Boston University in the opening round of the NCAA tournament Saturday at noon (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's soccer co-captain Melanie Baskind has been unanimously named the Ivy League Player of the Year and joined four teammates on the All-Ancient Eight team, it was announced Thursday.

Baskind, a senior midfielder/forward who also garnered unanimous All-Ivy first team honors, was selected to the first team along with senior defender and co-captain Lindsey Kowal and sophomore midfielder Peyton Johnson. Senior defender Rebecca Millock and freshman midfielder Meg Casscells-Hamby earned All-Ivy second team accolades.
A native of Framingham, Mass., Baskind, who was also named Ivy Rookie of the Year in 2008, leads Harvard and was tied for the Ivy League lead with 24 points, eight goals and eight assists. A two-time Academic All-Ivy choice and a three-time Academic All-District honoree, as well as an Academic All-America selection in 2010, Baskind has earned All-Ivy honors in each of her four seasons in Cambridge.
A nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award this fall, Baskind, who was named Ivy Player of the Week Sept. 26, ranks tied for sixth in program history with 79 career points, is sixth with 25 assists and stands seventh with 27 goals.
Kowal, who hails from East Meadow, N.Y., has played all 17 games this fall and is a leader of Harvard's defense, which ranked second in the Ivy League in goals-against average during conference games (0.86). Kowal was third on the Crimson in assists, dishing out four helpers, including two in a 2-1 win over Fairfield Oct. 4, and was tabbed Ivy Co-Player of the Week Oct. 10. Kowal has received All-Ivy accolades four straight years, including all-conference first team honors in each of the last two seasons.
Johnson, a product of Catonsville, Md., ranked tied for third at Harvard with 11 points and four goals. She tallied two game-winning goals, both coming in key points in conference games.  Johnson, who earned All-Ivy honorable mention as a freshman in 2010, converted a penalty kick in an overtime win at Yale Oct. 1, and buried a free kick with only 10 seconds remaining in a victory over Dartmouth Oct. 29, which helped Harvard clinch the Ivy League title.
A senior from Loudonville, N.Y., Millock appeared in all 17 games this fall, playing for the Harvard defensive unit. Millock, who was an All-Ivy honorable mention selection last year, helped Harvard allow only eight goals in the final 10 games of the regular season, during which the Crimson have enjoyed an unbeaten streak (9-0-1).
Casscells-Hamby, a native of Winter Park, Fla., stands second on the Crimson with 14 points and six helpers and ranks tied for third on the team with four goals. She tallied two goals against Hofstra Sept. 16 and assisted on the game-winning tally in the 1-0 win at Columbia Nov. 5, which clinched the outright conference crown for the Crimson.
Harvard, which owned a 12-4-1 overall mark and a 6-0-1 record in the Ivy League, will visit No. 12 Boston University in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday, Nov. 12 at noon. The Crimson won the program's 10th Ivy League title and posted a 10-1 record at home this season, tying the Harvard record for most home victories in a single season.