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No. 19 Women's Lacrosse Opens 2012 Season Saturday vs. BU

No. 19 Women's Lacrosse Opens 2012 Season Saturday vs. BU

Harvard returns 23 of 24 letterwinners from last year's team which registered the program's highest win total since 1994 (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The No. 19 Harvard women's lacrosse team will open its 38th season of play Saturday, Feb. 25 when it hosts cross-town foe Boston University at 3 p.m. at Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium. The Crimson is coming off its most successful campaign in 17 years and has returned all but one student-athlete from last year's squad.

Banner Year
Harvard posted a 10-6 overall record and went 5-2 in the Ivy League in 2011, recording the team's highest overall and conference win totals since 1994. The Crimson finished in a tie for third place in the Ancient Eight standings, its best showing since a third-place finish in 1996, and was rewarded with one All-America, three all-region and five all-Ivy selections.

National Prominence
The Crimson is currently ranked 19th in the deBeer Media Poll and was listed as receiving votes in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Preseason Coaches Poll. Harvard finished 2011 ranked 20th in the IWLCA poll, marking the team's first appearance in the rankings since 1997.

Tewaaraton Award Watch List
Junior's Jennifer VanderMeulen and Danielle Tetreault were named to the 2012 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, which is comprised of the top 50 women's lacrosse student-athletes from all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse. VanderMeulen and Tetreault are the latest Crimson to be put up for the prestigious award, after current teammates Jess Halpern and Micaela Cyr were nominated in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

VanderMeulen is coming off a season in which she was named to the Synapse Sports All-America second team, IWLCA All-Region first team and All-Ivy League first team after ranking 18th in the NCAA in goals per game (3.0) and 30th in goals (48). She currently ranks 10th in program history with 104 career goals, while her 56 scores in 2010 rank fifth on Harvard's single-season list.

Tetreault was a first team all-region and second team all-Ivy selection a year ago, and ranked 31st in the nation with 2.63 goals per game. Tetreault boasts 62 career goals, 17 assists and 79 points in 31 career games.

Previewing What's To Come
Head coach Lisa Miller recently sat down with GoCrimson.com to provide insight into what fans can expect to see from the Crimson in 2012.

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ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

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