Strong Defense Powers Women’s Lacrosse to 10-4 Win Against Cornell

Pictured: Katherine Martino stopped eight shots in the win over Cornell.
Photo Courtesy: David Silverman

The Harvard women’s lacrosse team held Cornell scoreless for the first 40 minutes of play as the Crimson earned its first league win of the season with a 10-4 victory over the Big Red Saturday at Harvard Stadium. The Crimson improves to 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in league play while Cornell slips to 2-4 on the year and 1-1 in Ivy action.

Goals by freshmen Danielle Tetreault and Jen VanderMeulen gave the Crimson a 2-0 lead just eight minutes into the game and the hosts were able to stymie the Big Red offense in a low-scoring first half. Senior captain Sara Flood netted her fourth goal of the year at 8:02 off an assist from sophomore Melanie Baskind and VanderMeulen and Tyler Petropulos added tallies to give the Crimson a 5-0 halftime lead.

Flood put the hosts up 6-0 just 48 seconds into the second half but Cornell answered back at 20:44 as Jessi Steinberg got the guests on the board. Two more Steinberg tallies brought the score to 7-3 with 14:26 to play, but VanderMeulen and Baskind scored with less than 1:30 to play to seal the 10-4 win.

VanderMeulen finished the game with three goals as Flood and Petropulos netted two apiece. Steinberg led the Big Red with three scores in the loss. Harvard goalie Katherine Martino recorded eight saves in the win while Cornell’s Kyla Dambach stopped six shots.

Harvard will play the third game of a four-game homestand next Saturday as it welcomes Brown to Harvard Stadium. Game time is slated for 12 p.m.