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Weis Earns Harvard's Fifth Defensive Player of the Week Honor

Weis earned her second weekly award from the conference after picking up her third win over a top-20 opponent (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women’s lacrosse team capped off its regular season Friday with a 7-5 win over then No. 10/11 Dartmouth, and on Monday freshman goalie Kelly Weis was rewarded with her second Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honor.

Weis made nine saves and collected a game-high four ground balls against the Big Green while allowing just five goals, marking the fewest goals scored by Dartmouth since 14-4 loss to Princeton on April 18, 2009. The win was Harvard’s third this season over a top-20 opponent and the team’s fifth in a row.

Weis and the Harvard defense have limited 11 of their 15 opponents to under 10 goals this season, while five have scored five or fewer. The Crimson currently ranks fifth in the NCAA in scoring defense (7.73), while Weis ranks fifth in goals against average (7.54), 11th in save percentage (.484) and 45th in saves per game (7.13).

This marks the second defensive player of the week honor for Weis this season and the fifth overall for the Crimson. Weis also earned the award March 26 with 15 saves against just 12 goals in a 1-1 week for Harvard. Melanie Baskind, meanwhile, has been named the defensive player of the week three times.

Harvard will begin play in the 2012 Ivy League Tournament as the No. 4 seed Friday, May 4 when it faces No. 1 Penn in Philadelphia, Pa. at 8 p.m. For more information on the tournament, click here.