Baskind and VanderMeulen scored three goals apiece to lead the Crimson to its second straight victory over BU (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 19 Harvard women's lacrosse team opened its 2012 campaign Saturday with an 11-9 victory over Boston University at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.
Melanie Baskind and Jennifer VanderMeulen recorded hat tricks to lead the Crimson (1-0) offense while Kelly Weis made nine saves in goal to record the win. Baskind converted on all three of her shot attempts and also led the team with five ground balls. VanderMeulen, meanwhile, registered six shots with five on goal, and found the back of the net with just 1:12 remaining to give Harvard the final margin.
Halpern's two goals moved her into sole possession of seventh place on Harvard's all-time list with 113 career scores while VanderMeulen's three moved her into ninth place with 107.
BU (1-1) owned a 14-8 advantage in draw controls and outshot Harvard, 25-22, but only 18 of the Terriers attempts were put on goal. Danielle Etrasco and Mallory Collins notched three goals apiece, with Etrasco and Elizabeth Morse recording a team-high three draw controls.
The Terriers took an early 1-0 lead but back-to-back goals by Halpern and Tyler Petropulos put the Crimson ahead, 2-0, just over 10 minutes in. VanderMeulen answered a Collins goal with her first of the day off a free position shot to make it a 3-2 game, and Collins answered right back with her second to tie things up at three with 12:00 remaining in the half.
Harvard took the lead for good when Danielle Tetreault assisted VanderMeulen's second score for a 4-3 advantage, and Baskind extended the margin to 5-3 less than a minute later for her second tally. Etrasco pulled BU to within one with 2:00 to play as Harvard took a 5-4 lead into the intermission.
Halpern scored out of the break for a 6-4 Crimson advantage, and Harvard took its largest lead of the afternoon at 8-5 following back-to-back Baskind goals with 26:26 on the clock. BU remained close, however, scoring twice to make it a one-goal game again, 8-7.
Cyr scored her lone goal with 8:54 to go to make it a 10-8 game, but Etrasco answered with her third off a free position shot to cut the margin to 10-9 with 5:09 remaining. VanderMeulen capped off her hat trick with just 1:12 to play off a feed from Kyleigh Keating, securing the 11-9 win for the Crimson.
Harvard will return to action Saturday, March 3 against Cornell at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. First draw is scheduled for 12 p.m.
Game Notes: Jess Halpern moved into sole possession of seventh place on Harvard's career goals list with 113 while Jennifer VanderMeulen moved into ninth with 111 … Harvard's victory marks its second straight over the Terriers and is the team's fifth win in its last six season openers.