Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Jennifer VanderMeulen of the Harvard women's lacrosse team earned her first Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honors of 2011 after leading Harvard to two wins last weekend, including an upset win over No. 12 Princeton that helped the Crimson secure a bid in the Ivy League Tournament.
The sophomore scored seven goals and assisted on three others to help the Crimson in wins over Holy Cross and the Tigers last week. VanderMeulen scored three goals and two assists in a 10-6 win over Holy Cross Wednesday and put in four goals and an assist against the Tigers. She scooped up two ground balls, won a draw and caused a turnover in the win over the Tigers. She leads the Crimson with 35 goals and 39 points. She extended her scoring streak to 26 games.
VanderMeulen was also named to the weekly honor roll for SynapseSports.com
The Crimson upset an opponent ranked in the top-25 for the third year and a row. Harvard's win over Princeton secured a spot in the Ivy League tournament and gave the Crimson at least four conference wins for the first time since 1993.
Harvard travels to Boston University Wednesday for its final non-conference game of the season before hosting Columbia on Senior Day Saturday.