Junior tri-captain Tyler Petropulos scored the game-winning goal against No. 12 Princeton.
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team knocked off No. 12 Princeton, 9-8, Saturday afternoon at Princeton Stadium to improve to 7-4 overall and 4-1 in Ivy League play. With the win, the Crimson secures a spot in the 2011 Ivy League Tournament and moves into a tie for second in the Ivy League standings with Dartmouth.
This is the second year in a row the Crimson have been victorious over the Tigers and third year in a row, Harvard has knocked off a nationally ranked opponent. Harvard's win last season snapped Princeton's 17-game win streak over the Crimson.
Jennifer VanderMeulen scored four goals and assisted on another to lead the Harvard attack. Melanie Baskind added two goals and an assist, while Danielle Tetreault put away two scores and Tyler Petropulos added another. Jennifer Leffew saw action for the first time since March 26 and assisted on Tetreault's goal at the end of the first half. Tetreault led the Crimson in draw controls with three, while Petropulos scooped up four ground balls and along with Mariah Pewarski caused two turnovers.
The Crimson dominated the game in the first half, running out to a 5-0 lead 14 minutes into the game. Tetreault started the scoring off with a free position goal and then VanderMeulen fired off three scores in five minutes. Princeton finally found the back of the net 16 minutes into the game and six minutes later only trailed 5-3. Leffew connected with Tetreault with 5:24 left in the first to close out the scoring for the half.
Baskind started the second off by winning the draw and running straight to the goal and giving the Crimson a 7-3 lead just eight seconds into the second stanza. The two teams traded goals in the first 10 minutes of the half. After Cassie Pyle made it 8-5 and won the next draw, Lauren Tomkinson caused a turnover, picked up the ground ball and helped get it into Harvard territory before Baskind found Petropulos for the eventual game-winning goal.
The Tigers scored three more times to pull within one with just 3:26 to play. The Crimson held on for the win as Ellen Gleason caused a Princeton turnover late in the game and Alexa Buckley grabbed the ground ball and the Crimson held on for the win.
Harvard outplayed the Tigers in almost all facets of the game; outshooting Princeton, 28-12; winning 14 of the 19 draws, and grabbing 20 ground balls compared to just 13 for the Tigers.
Kerry Clark made three second half saves to preserve the win.
Harvard plays its final out of conference game Wednesday at Boston University before hosting Columbia Saturday afternoon for Senior Day.