March 6, 2012

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Harvard Upsets No. 13 James Madison in Double OT

from press release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Danielle Tetreault found the back of the net with 1:39 remaining in double overtime to lift the Harvard women's lacrosse team to a 9-8 win over No. 13 James Madison Tuesday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Jess Halpern and Tyler Petropulos led the Crimson attack with three goals apiece, asMelanie Baskind registered two. Baskind and Tetreault paced the defensive efforts, with Baskind picking up a game-high three ground balls and Tetreault recording a game-high five draw controls. Freshman Kelly Weis picked up her second win in goal while making 10 saves.

Halpern's hat trick moves her career goals total to 116, seventh most in Harvard history, and places her ninth on the program's career points list with 138. Tetreault's game-winning goal, meanwhile, was the fifth of her career.

Harvard (2-1) won 13-of-21 draws on the day but JMU (3-2) outshot the Crimson 25-22 and held a 15-7 advantage in turnovers. A total of seven Dukes scored in the game led by Amy Roguski's two. Harvard has now beaten a top 20 opponent in each of the last four seasons as JMU entered the game ranked 13th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.

Harvard took a quick lead as unassisted goals by Halpern and Baskind put the Crimson up 2-0 just 3:46 into the game. Weis kept the margin at two with a pair of saves off JMU free position shots, but a Dukes score with 16:57 remaining made it a 2-1 game. Kaci Starkloff tied it at two before Petropulos and Halpern scored within 50 seconds of each other for a 4-2 advantage.

Weiss made her third save off a free position attempt, leading to Halpern's third goal of the half and a 5-2 Harvard lead. JMU closed the half with a pair of goals, however, putting the score at 5-4 at the break. The Dukes outshot the Crimson 14-10 in the first half and held a 7-4 margin in turnovers, but Weiss made seven saves between the pipes to help Harvard to the lead.

Baskind regained a two-goal advantage for Harvard, 6-4, with her second score 2:05 into the second half. With the score at 6-5, Ellen Gleason made a defensive save after a shooting space penalty was called on Weis, allowing Petropulos to push the score to 7-5 in the Crimson's favor off a free position attempt. Petropulos notched her third goal, off a feed from Chelsey Newman, 57 seconds later to give Harvard its largest lead of the day, 8-5, with 16:43 remaining.

Weiss continued to come up big in goal, making a pair of saves after JMU had cut the lead to 8-6 to preserve a two-goal advantage. The Dukes finally pulled  within one, 8-7, on a Monica Zabel goal with 6:44 to go. Harvard was to waste most of the remaining time but a turnover by Petropulos gave the Dukes the ball back with 1:00 on the clock.

JMU ran a set play out of a timeout for Zabel who fed Roguski at the right of the goal for the game-tying score with 0:28 remaining. The Crimson won the ensuing draw but turned the ball over again, sending the game into overtime.

The teams went scoreless through the first overtime to force a second, sudden victory overtime period despite the Crimson firing three shots. The draw was controlled by Tetreault and the Crimson began running its offense, with Baskind earning a free position shot. Her shot was sent wide but Harvard retained possession, and in the ensuing action Tetreault was fouled to set up the game-winning goal with 1:39 remaining in the overtime period.

Harvard returns to action Saturday, March 10 when it heads out on the road for the first time this season to take on Penn at 12 p.m.

Game Notes: Jess Halpern moved into ninth place on Harvard's career points list with 138 while her 116 goals ranks seventh in program history … Danielle Tetreault's game-winning goal was the fifth of her career … Kelly Weis' 10 saves were the most for the team since Katherine Martino '10 recorded 12 on May 5, 2010 … Tuesday's victory marked Harvard's first overtime win since defeating New Hampshire, 10-9, in triple overtime March 9, 2010.


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