March 28, 2009

Halpern, Martin Lead Harvard over Yale

from press release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Kaitlin Martin scored four goals including the game-winner as the Harvard women's lacrosse team handed Yale  an 8-5 loss Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium. Martin was one of three Crimson players to find the back of the net as Harvard snapped a two-game losing skid and picked up its first Ivy League win of the season.

The Crimson (4-5, 1-1 Ivy) held the Bulldogs (2-9, 0-3 Ivy) to just five goals in the loss. It's the best defensive effort by the Crimson since holding Holy Cross to just two goals on Feb. 24, 2008.

Sophomore Jess Halpern recorded a hat trick in the win and extended her scoring streak to 20 straight games. Freshman Katie Dohertypicked up her eighth goal of the season and junior tri-captain Sara Flood added her 10th assist.

Halpern scored the first tally, just 1:09 into the game and Yale tied it a little more than five minutes later when Jessica Sturgill found Jenna Block. After more than 13 minutes action without a score, the Crimson put two goals in the net in 17 seconds. Doherty scored the first on a free position shot and then Martin won the draw control for Harvard and passed off to Halpern, who dodged a Yale defender to give the Crimson a 3-1 lead.  The Bulldogs called a timeout after Harvard took a two goal lead and came back to cut the lead to one when Logan Greer scored unassisted with 3:31 left in the first half. The Crimson had the last word in the half as Martin took advantage on a Yale foul and scored on a free position shot with nine seconds on the clock.

The Crimson extended its lead to 5-2 in the second stanza when Halpern tallied her third goal of the game on a free position shot. Yale fought back and scored three straight scores in a 10 minutes span that allowed them to tie the game with 17:57 left to play.  During the final 10:23 of the game, Martin score three goals to break open the tie and give the Crimson the win. Yale had several offensive positions during that time, including a shot by Sara David then nearly went in, but a great stick save from freshman Kerry Clarkstopped the ball.

Halpern, Martin and freshman Ellen Gleason led the Crimson with two draw controls each. SophomoreSam McMahon picked up a game-high six ground balls. Clark made five saves in the net and allowed a season-low five goals.

Harvard outshot the Bulldogs, 23-17, and held the advantage in ground balls, 16-13, and draw controls, 8-7. The Crimson converted on 12-of-14 clears and forced seven of Yale's 18 turnovers.

The Crimson continues its home stand with a pair of games next weekend against two of the top 10 teams in the country. Harvard hosts No.2 Penn Saturday at noon and No. 9 Virginia Sunday at 1 p.m.

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