Kowal, Baskind Elected Women's Soccer Captains for 2011

Junior defender Lindsey Kowal was elected co-captain of the Crimson for the 2011 campaign (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Junior defender Lindsey Kowal and junior midfielder Melanie Baskind of the Harvard women's soccer team have been elected co-captains by their teammates for the 2011 season, head coach Ray Leone announced.

Kowal, a three-time All-Ivy League selection from East Meadow, N.Y., started all 17 games for the Crimson at defense this season. She scored the game-winning goal off a free kick against Cornell Oct. 9, and assisted on a tally at Penn Sept. 24. She garnered All-Ivy first-team honors this fall and has started 49 games during her collegiate career, becoming a leader of the Harvard defensive corps.

Baskind, who was recently garnered ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America distinction on the second team, tied for the Harvard and Ivy League lead with classmate Katherine Sheeleigh with nine goals. A three-time All-Ivy selection, including a first-team honoree this year, Baskind ranked second on Harvard with 22 points. She was twice tabbed Ivy Player of the Week in 2010 and was the conference's Rookie of the Year in 2008. Baskind, a native of Framingham, Mass., concluded her junior season ninth in school history with 55 points and 10th with 19 goals.

Baskind earned several other academic awards, receiving her second straight nod to the Academic All-Ivy team, as well as the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first team. She is also an All-Ivy League lacrosse player, garnering second-team status in the spring of 2010.

Harvard finished 9-7-1 overall in 2010, going 4-3 in the Ancient Eight.