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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Senior captain Melanie Baskind earned one of the highest honors in women’s lacrosse on Wednesday as she was named the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s (IWLCA) Div. I Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
A two-sport star, Baskind led the women’s lacrosse team to its second-straight appearance in the Ivy League Tournament in the spring. She paced the Crimson in points (33), assists (6) and caused turnovers (15), while ranking second in goals (27) and ground balls (37). For her efforts, she was named to the Capital One Academic All-District first team, IWLCA All-Region second team, All-Ivy second team, Ivy League All-Tournament Team and earned three Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors. Baskind finished her career as a three-time all-region selection, a three-time All-Ivy honoree and was named to the 2011 Academic All-Ivy League team.
Baskind led the women’s soccer team to its third Ivy League Championship in four years in the fall, and capped her soccer career off as the unanimous choice for Ivy League Player of the Year. She was also named the conference’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman, earned four All-Ivy selections, was a two-time all-region selection, a three-time Academic All-Ivy pick and was twice named an Academic All-American. She ranks sixth in program history in career points (79), sixth in assists (25) and seventh in goals (27).
Baskind has also put together a very impressive resume away from the field, and graduated this spring with a 3.756 GPA as a neurobiology concentrator with a secondary concentration in global health and health policy. She received the Mary G. Paget Prize at last month’s Senior Letterwinners Dinner for her impact on Harvard Athletics over her four-year career, and was also awarded the Francis H. Burr ’09 Fund Prize and a Benjamin Trustman Fellowship from the University.
Additionally, Baskind has volunteered at low income hospitals across Boston helping patients connect with resources such as housing, utilities, food and clothing, and has worked at Boston Medical Center as a Maternity Ward Advocate. She serves on the community service board of Harvard’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and volunteers as a peer tutor. Baskind plans to spend this next year in Kenya working with Coaches across Continents.