Women's Lacrosse to Play Johns Hopkins Saturday

Women's Lacrosse to Play Johns Hopkins Saturday

Harvard will go for its second straight win over Johns Hopkins Saturday in Baltimore (Craig Cyr).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's lacrosse team is headed south over spring break to face Johns Hopkins Saturday, March 17 at 12 p.m. in Baltimore, Md. Harvard is 2-1 all-time against the Blue Jays, including a 12-8 win last season in Cambridge.

A free video stream and live stats will be available during Saturday's game through HopkinsSports.com.

Last Time Out
Harvard played its second overtime game of the week in search of its second straight top 20 upset, but Courtney Tomchik's goal with 0:24 remaining in the extra session proved to be the difference as No. 9/10 Penn took the victory, 14-13, Saturday in Philadelphia, Pa.

Melanie Baskind, Micaela Cyr and Danielle Tetreault each registered a hat trick for the Crimson with Baskind's season-high four goals leading the way. Cyr recorded a team-high four ground balls and three draw controls, while Tetreault added four draw controls. Tetreault converted all three of her free position shots as Harvard went 5-fo-7 for the day. Kelly Weiss tallied six saves in goal while taking the loss.

Penn was led by Caroline Bunting and Tomchik who each scored four goals, while Erin Brennan added three. The Quakers held a 23-20 edge in shots and an 18-13 advantage in draw controls, including a 4-1 margin in overtime.

Scouting the Blue Jays
Johns Hopkins will enter play Saturday riding a two-game winning streak with a 5-2 overall record. The Blue Jays most recently defeated Georgetown on Wednesday, 16-12, as Taylor D'Amore (5g, 1a) and Sammy Cermack (4g) combined for 10 points.

D'Amore leads the team with 31 points (19g, 12a), while her 26 draw controls are also tops on the team. Candace Rossi has added 17 goals and 12 assists for 29 points, while Colleen McCaffrey (16g, 3a) ranks third on the team with 19 points and second with 21 draw controls. Monica D'Ambrogi and Alyssa Kildare have collected a team-high 14 ground balls.

Cosette Larash and K.C. Emerson have split time in goal, with Larash owning a 2-1 record in five starts and Emerson posting a 3-1 record in two starts. Larash has allowed 9.09 goals against and has a 28.9 save percentage while Emerson have allowed 8.34 goals against and has posted a save percentage of 53.2.

Saturday's contest between Harvard and Johns Hopkins will mark the third straight year the teams will have met and the fourth time overall. The Crimson defeated the Blue Jays 12-8 last year in Cambridge to take a 2-1 lead in the all-time series, led by Jess Halpern's four-goal performance and Jennifer VanderMeulen's three-goal effort. Harvard won 15-of-22 draw controls on the day and scored on 4-of-6 free position shots.    

National Prominence
The Crimson is currently receiving votes in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and has received votes in three of the first four polls of the year. Harvard opened the season ranked 19th in the deBeer Media Poll and moved up to No. 16 after its season-opening 11-9 win over Boston University, but has since fallen from the rankings.

Week of
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deBeer Women's Media Poll

IWLCA Coaches Poll

In the News
Harvard was featured by Lacrosse Magazine's Clare Lochary on March 14 in her column, "Surprise Upsets Continue in WD1." Lochary broke down the Crimson's double-overtime win over No. 13 James Madison and detailed its importance to the Crimson's development under head coach Lisa Miller. Click here to read the full column.

Overtime Thrillers
The Crimson went to overtime against both No. 13 James Madison and No. 9/10 Penn, marking the first time in program history that Harvard has played in back-to-back overtime games. Harvard is 5-5 all-time in overtime games and has never gone to overtime more than twice in a season.

Hat Trick Heros
Harvard has notched seven hat tricks this season with Melanie Baskind and Micaela Cyr leading the way with two apiece. Jess Halpern and Jennifer VanderMeulen, meanwhile, lead all active Crimson with 23 career hat tricks.

Melanie Baskind
Micaela Cyr
Jess Halpern
Tyler Petropulos
Danielle Tetreault
Jennifer VanderMuelen

2012 Hat Tricks

Career Hat Tricks

Between the Pipes
Freshman Kelly Weis made 10 saves while helping the Crimson to a 9-8 double-overtime victory over No. 13 James Madison on March 6, marking the most saves a Harvard goalie has made in a single game since Katherine Martino '10 recorded 12 in a 17-9 win over Boston College on May 5, 2010. Weis has made all three starts in goal for the Crimson, posting an 8.88 goals against average and a save percentage of 49.1.

To Be the Best, You Have to Beat the Best
Harvard has knocked off a top 20 opponent in each of the last four seasons, with James Madison, then ranked 13th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, becoming its latest victim via a 9-8 double-overtime triumph on March 6. The Crimson will have plenty more opportunities to knock off one of the premier teams in the nation this season, as 10 of the team's opponents have been ranked in either the deBeer Media Poll or the IWLCA Preseason Coaches Poll including Boston College, Cornell, Dartmouth, James Madison, John's Hopkins, Penn, Princeton, Stanford, Syracuse, and Virginia.

Sharing the Wealth
Seven different Crimson have scored a goal in 2012 with six having scored at least three. Melanie Baskind leads the way with nine goals, while Micaela Cyr and Danielle Tetreault rank second and third with eight goals and seven goals, respectively. Jess Halpern has found the back of the net six times as Tyler Petropulos and Jennifer VanderMeulen have notched four apiece.

Harvard had 13 different goal scorers last season with VanderMeulen (48), Tetreault (42), Halpern (29), Baskind (28), Petropulos (14) and Chelsea Newman (10) each scoring at least 10.

Two Way Players
Midfielders Melanie Baskind, Micaela Cyr and Danielle Tetreault have led the Crimson on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field in 2012. Baskind (9g, 1a) and Tetreault (7g, 3a) are currently tied for the team lead with 10 points, while Baskind, Cyr and Tetreault rank first, second and third in goals with nine, eight and seven, respectively. Defensively, Baskind's nine ground balls are tops on the Crimson with Cyr's eight putting her second. Tetreault has recovered a team-best 13 draw controls while Baskind and Cyr are tied for second with two.

Climbing the Charts
Senior Jess Halpern and junior Jennifer VanderMeulen currently rank among Harvard's all-time top 10 goal scorers. Halpern has netted 117 career goals, good for seventh in program history, while her 139 points place her ninth in the school record books. VanderMeulen, meanwhile, ranks ninth with 108 goals in just 35 games and boasts 122 points. Her 56 goals scored in 2010 rank fifth on the Crimson's single-season list.

Ivy League Honors
Senior co-captain Melanie Baskind was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week Feb. 27 after leading the Crimson to an 11-9 season-opening win over Boston University.

Baskind led the Crimson on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field, registering her ninth career hat trick while collecting a game-high five ground balls. The midfielder converted on all three of her shot attempts and also won two draw controls and caused two turnovers.

This was the first weekly award of Baskind's career and Harvard's first defensive player of the week honor since Kathryn Tylander '08 took home the award on March 4, 2008.

Catch the Crimson in 2012
Harvard has announced that 11 home men's and women's lacrosse games will be streamed online from Harvard Stadium during the 2012 season, marking the third straight year fans of Harvard lacrosse will have the opportunity to watch the Crimson live from home.

A total of six women's games will be available to watch, beginning with the Crimson's March 21 showdown with Boston College, its first inside Harvard Stadium. Each home contest for the remainder of the year will be streamed.

A full season pass for either the men's or women's team will be available for just $29.95, while single games can be purchased for $9.95. Click here to sign up for your season pass today.

Tewaaraton Award Watch List
Junior's Jennifer VanderMeulen and Danielle Tetreault were named to the 2012 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, which is comprised of the top 50 women's lacrosse student-athletes from all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse. VanderMeulen and Tetreault are the latest Crimson to be put up for the prestigious award, after current teammates Jess Halpern and Micaela Cyr were nominated in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

VanderMeulen is coming off a season in which she was named to the Synapse Sports All-America second team, IWLCA All-Region first team and All-Ivy League first team after ranking 18th in the NCAA in goals per game (3.0) and 30th in goals (48). She currently ranks 10th in program history with 104 career goals, while her 56 scores in 2010 rank fifth on Harvard's single-season list.

Tetreault was a first team all-region and second team all-Ivy selection a year ago, and ranked 31st in the nation with 2.63 goals per game. Tetreault boasts 62 career goals, 17 assists and 79 points in 31 career games.

Captaining the Ship
Seniors Melanie Baskind, Ellen Gleason and Tyler Petropulos were voted by their teammates as captains for the 2012 season. Baskind and Petropulos also served as captains last season, making them just the sixth and seventh student-athletes in program history to be voted captain in consecutive seasons. Carroll Clark '92 was the first to do so when she captained both the 1991 and 1992 squads, and was followed by Daphne Clark '97 (1996 & 1997), Ali Harper '01 (2000 & 2001), Lauren Bobzin '08 (2007 & 2008) and Sara Flood '10 (2009 & 2010). This is just the sixth time in program history three Crimson had been chosen to lead the team.

Two-Sport Star Baskind Featured by New England Lacrosse Journal
Senior Melanie Baskind, who captains both the women's lacrosse and women's soccer teams and is an All-Ivy League honoree in both sports, was recently featured by Sammi Gorman of the New England Lacrosse Journal.

"In the city of Boston — a breeding ground for both star athletes and top students at some of the world's best academic institutions — Melanie Baskind is different.

"She's not the only student with a 3.8 grade-point average as a neurobiology major at a top school like Harvard, and she's not the only athlete to get league Player of the Year honors in her sport. She is the only one to do those things and be a threat to earn those kind of honors in two sports."

Click here to read the full article.

Historical Perspective
Harvard captured the program's first national championship in 1990 when it defeated Maryland, 8-7. The Crimson won four games that season by a single goal en route to a 15-0 record, with Jenny Walser '90 scoring the game winner in three of those four games, including the national title contest. Julia French '90, Charlotte Joslin '90 and Maggie Vaughan '90 were named first team All-Americans following the season while Susan Carls '91 and Karen Everling '90 were named to the second team. Four-year letterwinners Everling, French and Walser graduated with a career record of 50-8-1, including a perfect 23-0 mark in the Ivy League.

The Crimson has made a total of nine NCAA Tournament appearances and has reached the national championship game three times. Harvard has also won 11 Ivy League Championships, tied with Dartmouth for the most in conference history.