Gillette Stadium to Host Women's Lacrosse and No. 2/2 Syracuse Saturday

Gillette Stadium to Host Women's Lacrosse and No. 2/2 Syracuse Saturday

Harvard looks to knock off No. 2/2 Syracuse Saturday at Gillette Stadium (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard women's lacrosse team will carry a two-game winning streak into action Saturday as it faces No. 2/2 Syracuse in the first-ever women's collegiate event at Gillette Stadium. First draw between the Crimson and Orange is set for 12 p.m. with No. 1/1 Northwestern and No. 16/14 Ohio State to follow at 3 p.m.

Live stats will be available during Saturday's game through

Last Time Out
The Harvard women's lacrosse team used another stifling defensive performance to get back to .500 on Wednesday as it took down Stanford, 10-4, at Harvard Stadium.

Jennifer VanderMeulen led all scorers with a season-high four goals while Jenn Leffew notched two goals and one assist for three points. Melanie Baskind also registered three points with one goal and two assists as six different Crimson scored in the victory.

Kelly Weis anchored the Harvard defense with eight saves and three groundballs, as the team's four goals allowed were its fewest since a 19-3 win over Yale last season. Micaela Cyr matched her season-high with four ground balls while Lauren Tomkinson also registered a season-high with three. Danielle Tetreault and Kasey Uhlenhuth led the Crimson in draw controls with three and two, respectively.

Stanford outshot the Crimson 18-14 but put only 12 attempts on goal. The teams were even in draw controls, 8-8, and Harvard held a slight edge in turnovers, 18-15. Emilie Boeri led the Cardinal attack with two goals while Lyndsey Munoz recorded three saves in goal.

Scouting the Orange
Syracuse is currently ranked second in both the deBeer Women's Media Poll and the IWLCA Coaches Poll with a 5-2 overall record. The Orange has won four straight games heading into Saturday, including a 20-8 affair at Connecticut this past weekend.

Michelle Tumolo has registered a team-high 32 points this season on 17 goals and 15 assists. Alyssa Murray boasts 31 points with 21 goals and 10 assists while Katie Webster has tallied 14 goals and six assists for 20 points. Devon Collins (14g, 3a) and Sarah Holden (10g, 3a) have also recorded double-digit points.

Linley Block and Bridget Daley have led Syracuse's defensive efforts with 10 ground balls apiece. Kirkland Locey has won 22 draw controls while Kailah Kempney has won 20. Alyssa Costantino has spent most of the season in goal and owns a 5-1 record with a 9.35 goals against average and a .500 save percentage.

Harvard head coach Lisa Miller, now in her fifth season with the Crimson, was the first-ever head coach of Syracuse women's lacrosse and spent 10 seasons building the Orange into a national contender. Miller posted a 106-53 record at Syracuse, led the team to six NCAA Tournament appearances and was named the 2007 BIG EAST Coach of the Year. The Crimson is 0-3 all-time against Syracuse and Saturday's meeting will mark the first time the teams have played since Miller took over in Cambridge.

Getting Off on the Right Foot
Harvard held both Yale and Stanford scoreless in the first half of their games and outscored the two 12-0 before the break. The Crimson is 4-1 this season when leading at the half, and has outscored its opponents 34-26 through the first 30 minutes.

Ivy League Honors
Freshman Kelly Weis was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week on March 26, marking the second time this season the award has gone to the Crimson. Weis totaled 15 saves while allowing just 12 goals in a 1-1 week for Harvard. She tallied eight saves in the team's 7-5 loss to Boston College on Wednesday, and then made seven stops in a 7-5 win at Yale.

Melanie Baskind was named defensive player of the week on Feb. 27 after scoring three goals and collecting five ground balls in the team's season opening 11-9 win over Boston University. Baskind was the first Crimson to earn the award since Kathryn Tylander '08 took home the honor on March 4, 2008.

Former Crimson Named Finalists for National Lacrosse Hall of Fame
Harvard alumnae Sarah (Downing) Nelson '94 and Maggie Vaughan '90 are among the 12 finalists on the 2012 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame women's ballot. Vaughan helped Harvard to the program's first NCAA Championship in 1990 and was a four-time Ivy League champion, while Nelson was a two-time Ivy League champion and a three-time All-Ivy honoree. Click here to read the full story. 

Getting Defensive
Harvard has held six of its eight opponents to under 10 goals this season, including five of its last six, and held Yale and Stanford to five goals or less in back-to-back games for the first time since 2002. The Crimson entered the week ranked 13th in the NCAA having allowed just 9.0 goals per game, which would stand as the team's lowest goals against average since 2008 (the last year complete stats are available).

Nail Biters
Harvard played five games between March 6 and March 24 which were decided by a total of seven goals, with three of those games being decided by a one-goal margin. The Crimson has played in 15 one-goal games under head coach Lisa Miller and sports a 7-8 record.

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.

Between the Pipes
Freshman Kelly Weis has made all eight starts in goal for the Crimson this season, and entered the week ranked 15th in the NCAA with an 8.55 goals against average. Her .466 save percentage was 24th-best in the country while her 8.0 saves per game were good for 37th.

Weis made 10 saves while helping the Crimson to a 9-8 double-overtime victory over No. 13 James Madison on March 6, matching Kerry Clark's total of 10 saves against Virginia last season for the most stops by a Harvard goalie since Katherine Martino '10 recorded 12 in a 17-9 win over Boston College on May 5, 2010. Weis has made at least eight saves in five games this season.

Sharing the Wealth
10 different Crimson have scored a goal in 2012 with eight having scored at least four. Melanie Baskind leads the way with 13 goals, while Micaela Cyr and Danielle Tetreault have found the back of the net 12 times. Jennifer VanderMeulen is also in double-digits, having scored 11 times.

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 (13g, 3a) and Tetreault (12g, 4a) are tied for the team lead with 16 points, while Cyr (12g) ranks fourth with 12. Baskind's 18 ground balls are tops on the team with Cyr's 16 placing her second. Tetreault has won a team-high 18 draw controls as Cyr also leads the Crimson with five caused turnovers.

National Prominence
Harvard has received votes in three of this year's first six IWLCA Coaches Polls, and opened the season ranked 19th in the deBeer Media Poll. The Crimson moved up to No. 16 in the media poll after its season-opening 11-9 win over Boston University, but has since fallen from the rankings.

Week of
March 26
March 19
March 12
March 5
Feb. 27
Feb. 20

deBeer Women's Media Poll

IWLCA Coaches Poll

Hat Trick Heroes
Harvard has notched eight hat tricks this season with Melanie Baskind, Micaela Cyr and Jennifer VanderMeulen leading the way with two apiece. VanderMeulen, meanwhile, leads all active Crimson with 24 career hat tricks.

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

2012 Hat Tricks

Career Hat Tricks

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.

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 eighth with 115 goals in just 39 games and boasts 132 points, six shy of entering the top 10. Her 56 goals scored in 2010 rank fifth on the Crimson's single-season list.

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.

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-America 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.