Sara Flood scored three goals and assisted on two others in Harvard's, 15-9 victory. Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Jennifer VanderMeulen scored six goals to lead the Harvard women's lacrosse team to a 15-9 win over Holy Cross Wednesday night at Harvard Stadium. Six Crimson players found the back of the net to help Harvard improve to 5-9 on the season.
VanderMeulen equaled a career-high six goals and eight points in a game. The native of Liverpool, N.Y., leads the Crimson and the Ivy League with 41 goals on the season. 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.
Back-to-back goals from Flood and a pair of tallies from VanderMeulen over the next nine minutes gave the Crimson a 4-1 lead. Harvard extended its lead to 12-2, scoring eight straight goals by the end of the first half.
VanderMeulen started the second session off with a goal, making three straight scores from the rookie. Holy Cross chopped into the lead with four in a row, pulling to within 13-6. Baskind and Nina Kucharczyk added insurance goals before the horn sounded.
Baskind led the Crimson with four ground balls, while Cyr won four draw controls. Flood and Kucharczyk caused two turnovers each to pace the Crimson.
Kerry Clark made four saves in 60 minutes of action to improve to 1-2 on the season.
Harvard continues its homestand Saturday, April 17 when Princeton comes to town. The Crimson will celebrate 35 years of women's lacrosse and honor the 1990 NCAA Championship team as many alumni return to town. First draw is slated for 1 p.m.