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Women's Lacrosse Hosts Princeton and Welcomes Back Alumni Saturday

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.

Story Line
Harvard returns to Ivy League play Saturday when it host league-rival Princeton at 1 p.m.

Follow from Home
Live statistics will be available for Saturday's and Sunday's games at GoCrimson.com.  Live audio and video will also be available at GoCrimson.com via a subscription for all home Ivy League contests.  Fans can purchase the video and audio stream of the game for $6.95. Harvard lacrosse alumnae Kathyrn Tylander ’08 and Kaitlyn Martin ’09 team up to make the call.

Welcome Back
Many former Harvard lacrosse players and their families have gathered for the annual Alumnae day including members of the 1990 NCAA Championship team, who are here to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

This season is the 35th in women’s lacrosse history at Harvard. The Crimson has a storied tradition on the lacrosse field with 12 Ivy League titles, an NCAA title, Nine NCAA Tournament appearances and three trips to the NCAA final four. Nine Ivy League Player of the Year and Four Ivy League Rookie of the Year Selections.

Last Time Out
Jennifer VanderMeulen scored six goals to lead Harvard to a 15-9 win over Holy Cross Wednesday night. VanderMeulen equaled a career-high six goals and eight points in the game. Senior co-captain Sara Flood scored three goals and assisted on two others.  Freshman Micaela Cyr and Danielle Tetreault both had two tallies, while sophomore Melanie Baskind added a goal and an assist.

Scouting Report
Harvard (5-6, 1-3 Ivy) scored 10 or more goals for the seventh time this season with its 15- 9 victory over the Crusaders last Wednesday.

Jennifer VanderMeulen leads the team with 41 goals, 49 points and 21 draw controls. Melanie Baskind is second in scoring with 17 goals and leads the team in ground balls (34) and caused turnovers (21). Sara Flood has a team-best nine assists to go along with 14 goals.

Kerry Clark has started the last three games and picked up her first win against the Crusaders. She has a 13.45 goals-against average and 17 saves to her credit. Katherine Martino sports a 9.89 goals-against average with 60 saves. She is 4-4 on the season.

Scouting the Tigers
Princeton has lost three of its last four games and is coming off a tough 13-6 loss to No. 3 Maryland Wednesday night. The Tigers are 3-1 in Ivy League play.

Lizzy Drumm and Kristin Morrison lead the Tigers attack with 26 and 20 goals, respectively.  Morrison has a team-best 11 assists. Lindsey deButts leads the team in draw controls (29) and shares the team lead in ground balls (29) with Erin Tochihara and team lead in caused turnovers (16) with Morrison.

Tochichara has started all 12 games in the net. She sports a 10.44 goals-against average and has stopped 97 shots.

Princeton is outscoring its opponents (129-126) and winning more draw controls (228-224).

The Series
Harvard and Princeton meet for the 39th time Saturday. The Tigers hold a 23-15 edge in the series.  The first seven meetings of the series, which dates back to 1975, went back and forth with neither team winning more than two games in a row. Harvard then took a hold on the series winning 14 of 16 between 1980 and 1992, including 11 straight. The Tigers have won 17 in a row.

Game-by-Game
Stick around for an autograph session with the current Harvard Women’s Lacrosse team after  Saturday’s game. The post-game autograph session is scheduled to take place on the field. A rain location will be made available if necessary.

Up Next
The Crimson closes out its three-game homestand with nationally ranked Dartmouth next Wednesday. First draw is slated for 4 p.m.