Baskind, Kanten Sweep Weekly Ivy League Awards

Melanie Baskind paces Harvard with 14 points this fall (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior midfielder/forward Melanie Baskind and freshman goalkeeper Bethany Kanten of the Harvard women’s soccer team have taken home the weekly Ivy League awards. Baskind was tabbed Ivy Player of the Week, while Kanten earned conference Rookie of the Week accolades after leading the Crimson to two victories over the weekend.

In Harvard’s Ivy League opener, Baskind scored both goals for the Crimson in a 2-0 win over Penn Sept 23. A native of Framingham, Mass., and nominee for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, she scored after a cross from Peyton Johnson at 13:02 before adding her team-high seventh goal of the year on another Johnson assist at 24:42.

Baskind added  two assists to help the Crimson past New Hampshire, 4-1, Sept. 25. After the Crimson jumped to a 2-0 lead at the half, Baskind assisted on goals by Elizabeth Weisman and Meg Casscells-Hamby in a three-minute span at the beginning of the second half to put the game out of reach. Baskind paces Harvard with 14 points on the year (4-6-14) and now ranks seventh in program history with 69 points, 10 shy of Katherine Sheeleigh ’11 for sixth place.

Kanten, who hails from Park City, Utah, played the second half in Harvard’s 2-0 win over Penn and made three saves in 45 minutes to preserve the victory. She also started Harvard’s 4-1 win against New Hampshire and did not allow a goal in 45 minutes of action.

Harvard is now 5-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play on the season. The Crimson will visit Yale Saturday, Oct. 1 for a 4 p.m. contest.