Women's Lacrosse Travels to No. 12 Princeton for Key Ivy League Match-up

Women's Lacrosse Travels to No. 12 Princeton for Key Ivy League Match-up

Kyleigh Keating scored her first collegiate goal in Harvard's win over Holy Cross (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).

The Harvard women's lacrosse team travels to No. 12 Princeton for an Ivy League match-up Saturday in New Jersey. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. The Crimson needs to win at least one of its three remaining conference games to earn a spot in the Ivy League Tournament.

Scouting the Crimson
Harvard boasts a 6-4 overall record and a 3-1 mark in the Ivy League. The Crimson is 5-1 in its last six games. Eleven Crimson players have found the back of the net for a team that averages 12.7 goals per game. Jennifer VanderMeulen paces the offense with 31 goals and three assists for 34 points. Danielle Tetreault (26g, 4a), Jess Halpern (19g, 1a) and Melanie Baskind (17g, 4a), have been scoring threats for the Crimson, which leads the Ivy League and is 21st in the nation in scoring offense.

Micaela Cyr leads the team and is second in the Ivy League in draw controls with 21, while Baskind leads the team with 18 ground balls. Ellen Gleason paces the Crimson with nine caused turnovers. Kerry Clark has made 65 saves in the cage and sports an 10.50 goals-against average.

Last Time Out
Harvard defeated Holy Cross, 10-6, Wednesday night at the Holy Cross Field to improve to 6-4 on the season. Jennifer VanderMeulen and Danielle Tetreault both scored hat tricks in the winning effort.

Five different Crimson players scored and four had assists for the Crimson. VanderMeulen added two assists to her stat line, while Tetreault had one. Tyler Petropulos added two goals and an assist and Chelsey Newman and Kyle Keating each found the back of the net. Melanie Baskind, who also had a handout, won three draw controls and collected three ground balls, while Lauren Tomkinson grabbed three ground balls and caused two turnovers. Mariah Pewarski also caused two of Holy Cross's 15 turnovers.

The Harvard defense held Crusaders leading scorer Kat Sutton scoreless and snapped her 43 game scoring streak. Kerry Clark made seven second half saves to bring her season total to 65.

Scouting the Tigers
Princeton also boasts a 6-4 overall record and is 3-0 in Ancient Eight play. The 12th-ranked Tigers are 3-1 in its last four games after falling to top-ranked Maryland, 17-10, Wednesday night.

Fourteen Tigers have found the back of the net with six scoring 10 or more goals this season. Lizzy Drumm leads the team with 24 goals and 26 points. Jaci Gassaway has a team-best 10 assists. Drumm also paces the team in draw controls with 25, while Lindsey deButts leads the team in ground balls and caused turnovers with 25 and 15, respectively. Erin Tochichara has a 10.0 goals-against average and has stopped 85 shots. Series History
Princeton leads the all-time series with the Crimson, 23-16. The two teams first played in 1975 with the Tigers earning the first three wins in the series. Harvard won 11 straight from 1984-92.

The Princeton has taken 17 of the last 18 meetings.

National Rankings
The Harvard women are ranked 20th in the nation by Synapse Sports, formerly womenslacrosse.com, and are receiving votes in the IWLCA poll for the sixth week in a row.

Silencing the Offense
Kerry Clark and the Crimson defense held Yale and New Hampshire without a goal in the second half. In fact, Harvard held its opponents scoreless for 71 minutes and 14 seconds in those two games.

Eight is Great
Harvard has scored at least eight goals in all 10 games so far this season.

Against the Rest

Entering the week, the Crimson led the Ivy League and is 26th in the nation in draw controls (12.89 per game). Harvard is the most accurate team in the league, converting on 52.9 percent of its shots this season. The Crimson also has the league's highest scoring offense, which ranks 21st in the nation.

Jennifer VanderMeulen leads the league and are 16th the nation in goals per game (3.11). Danielle Tetreault is not far behind, ranking third in the league and 41st in the nation.

Scoring Streak
Jennifer VanderMeulen has scored in every game of her career, 25 straight contests for the Crimson. She has 18 games with three or more goals and 13 games with four or more scores.

In the Record Books
Jess Halpern scored her 100th career goal against No. 7 Virginia (April 5). She has 101 goals, 22 assists and 123 career reports entering this weekend.

Around the League
Yale visits Columbia Friday afternoon to start off the Ivy League action this weekend. Brown makes the trek to Cornell and Penn hosts Dartmouth Saturday at 1 p.m.

O' Captain, My Captain

Senior Sam McMahon and juniors Melanie Baskind and Tyler Petropulos were elected captains for the 2011 season. It's the fifth time in program history three players have been selected to lead the team and only the second since 1999.

Multi Sports Stars
Several Harvard players also moonlight on fall sports teams. Melanie Baskind is a member of the women's soccer team. She was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2008 and has earned second-team (2009) and first-team (2010) All-Ivy League honors as well. She was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team selection last fall.

Sophomore Nina Kucharczyk and freshmen Mariah Pewarski and Morgan Powell suit up for the field hockey team as well.

Tough Road Ahead
Harvard is more than halfway through the toughest part of its schedule as only two nationally ranked teams are left on the Crimson docket. The Crimson boast the 14th most difficult schedule in Division I. Six teams on Harvard's schedule appear in this week's IWLCA Division I poll: No. 7 Stanford (Feb. 27), No. 8 Penn (March 12), No. 11 Virginia (April 3), No. 12 Princeton (April 16), No. 14 Dartmouth (April 29) and No. 16 Boston College (March 17).

Up Next
The Crimson visits cross town rival Boston University in its final non-conference contest of the season Wednesday. First draw is slated for 7 p.m.