Harvard players celebrate after their win over No. 10 Dartmouth (photo courtesy of the Ivy League).
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Harvard women's lacrosse team knocked off No. 10 Dartmouth in the first semifinal game of the Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Championship Friday afternoon at Franklin Field on Penn's campus.
The win snaps the Big Green's 18-game win streak over the Crimson. It was Harvard's first win over Dartmouth since 1994.
Jennifer VanderMeulen scored a hat trick and won three draw controls in the win. Danielle Tetreault scored two goals, both free position goals, including the game winner. Melanie Baskind, Chelsey Newman and Tyler Petropulos also had two goals each. Baskind won four draws and collected two ground balls.
Newman scored the first goal of the 2011 Ivy League Lacrosse Tournament, but Dartmouth used a 3-0 run to take a 3-1 lead midway through the first half. The Crimson used goals from Petropulos and Tetreault to even the score with just over 15 minutes left in the first session. VanderMeulen extended her scoring streak to 30 games with a tally to make it 5-4 at the end of the half.
Dartmouth pulled away early in the second stanza to take a 7-4 lead 26 minutes left to play. Harvard slowly climbed back into the game pulling to within 7-5, then against at 8-6, 13 minutes into the second session. Baskind's goal to pull the Crimson was the first of three straight scores that tied the game at 8 with 11:56 remaining on the clock. The Big Green responded with a goal from Greta Meyer to regain the lead. Baskind scored the equalizer one minute and 30 seconds later and after another one minute and 30 seconds Tetreault found the back of the net to give the Crimson its first lead since 1-0. Harvard won the next draw and VanderMeulen scored an insurance goal.
Kerry Clark made eight saves in the net for the Crimson.
Harvard will play the winner of the Penn/Princeton game Sunday, May 8 at 1 p.m. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports.