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Women's Lacrosse Weekly Release - Week 9

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Photos courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations and Harvard Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Dartmouth and Penn entered Saturday’s contest with matching 4-0 records, but after its 9-7 victory, No. 9 Big Green (9-2, 5-0 Ivy) vaulted into first-place in the Ivy League standings while handing the seventh-ranked Quakers (6-5, 4-1 Ivy) their first League loss.

Harvard (7-6, 3-2 Ivy) defeated No. 18 Princeton (6-6, 3-2 Ivy), 10-7 on Saturday to move into a three-way tie for third-place with the Tigers and No. 15 Cornell (8-3, 3-2 Ivy), which took a break from Ivy play to defeat No. 11 Loyola (Md.), 17-10.

However, the road for the regular-season Ivy title is far from over, as Dartmouth has games remaining at Princeton and Harvard, while Penn will take on Brown and Princeton. The team with the best League record will host the 2012 Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, which will take place on Friday, May 4 and Sunday, May 6.

In other non-conference action, Dartmouth fell at No. 2 Syracuse, 22-4, Princeton lost to No. 4 Maryland, 15-9 and Yale (4-8, 1-4 Ivy) suffered a 12-8 setback at Stony Brook. Columbia (2-10, 0-6 Ivy) handed Lafayette a 19-11 defeat, Harvard shut down Holy Cross, 10-4 and Brown (6-5, 1-3 Ivy) beat Sacred Heart, 15-5.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Columbia junior Kacie Johnson (Wilton, Conn.) is now the League leader in points per game and assists per game and is ranked second in the conference in goals per game after a 15-point performance last week. Johnson tallied eight goals and seven assists in two games for the Lions and was named Offensive Player of the Week.

Johnson tallied four goals and five assists for a season-high nine points in Columbia’s 19-11 win over Lafayette. The junior midfielder set a program single-season record in points in the victory, with 62, surpassing the mark of 59 she set in 2011. She also set a single-season mark in assists, with 27. Johnson was not finished, as she tallied four goals and two assists in a 13-9 loss at Yale. She also recorded five groundballs, seen draw controls and two caused turnovers in the two games.

The award is the second of the year for Johnson, as she was named Offensive Player of the Week on March 5, and the third of her career.

Johnson’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 8G, 7A, 15 Pts., 5GB, 7DC, 2CT, .500 Shooting %

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Prior to this season, Harvard senior midfielder Melanie Baskind (Framingham, Mass.) had never earned an Ivy League weekly award. After helping the Crimson hold Holy Cross and Princeton to season-lows with four goals and seven goals, respectively, Baskind was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the second-straight week and the third time in 2012.

Baskind finished the week with four goals, five groundballs, five draw controls and four caused turnovers as Harvard went 2-0, including a win over No. 18 Princeton. Against Holy Cross, Baskind netted her fourth hat trick of the season, while recording three groundballs, two draw controls and three caused turnovers.

In its win over Princeton that vaulted the Crimson into a three-way tie for third-place in the Ivy standings, Baskind finished with a goal, two groundballs, three draw controls and one caused turnover.

Baskind’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 4G, 4 Pts., 5GB, 5DC, 4CT

Cornell hopes that three times is a charm, as it will be the third Ivy League team to face No. 2 Syracuse, which has defeated Harvard and Dartmouth so far in 2012. The Big Red and the Orange will square off on April 17. Other non-conference games include Niagara at Dartmouth on April 16 and New Hampshire at Columbia and April 18.

In Ivy action, Brown travels to play Yale on April 18, and then four League games commence on April 21, as Columbia will host Harvard, Cornell will take on Yale, Dartmouth will square off at Princeton and Brown will travel to Philadelphia to play Penn.

HONOR ROLL
Abby Bunting, Brown, Fr., M (Wellesley, Mass.)
1 GP, 3GB, 2CT

Alexandra Crerend, Brown, Fr., M (New Canaan, Conn.)
1 GP, 4G, 4 Pts., 3GB, 2CT, .500 Shooting %

Caroline Crow, Yale, Sr., A (Davidsonville, Md.)
2 GP, 5G, 6A, 11 Pts., 1GB, 2DC, 1CT, .385 Shooting % (1-1)

Kyla Dambach, Cornell, Sr., GK (Chester, N.J.)
1 GP-GS, 60:00 Mins., 10 GA, 10.00 GAA, 9 Svs., 47.4 Sv. %, 1-0

Taylor Gattinella, Columbia, Sr., M (Greenwich, Conn.)
2 GP, 5G, 1A, 6 Pts., 3GB, 7DC, 1CT, .500 Shooting %

Kelsey Johnson, Dartmouth, Jr., D (Hingham, Mass.)
2 GP, 4GB, 1DC, 2CT

Sarah Plumb, Dartmouth, Sr., M (Wellesley, Mass.)
2 GP, 5G, 1A, 6 Pts., 4GB, 13DC, 1CT, .357 Shooting %

Maddie Poplawski, Penn, Jr., M (Springfield, Pa.)
1 GP, 3G, 3 Pts., 3GB, 3DC, 1CT, .600 Shooting %

Caroline Salisbury, Cornell, Jr., A (Middletown, Md.)
1 GP, 5G, 5 Pts., 1GB, 4DC, .833 Shooting %

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Monday, April 16
Niagara at No. 9 Dartmouth 1:30 PM

Tuesday, April 17
No. 2 Syracuse at No. 15 Cornell 7:00 PM     

Wednesday, April 18
*Brown at Yale 4:00 PM     
New Hampshire at Columbia 6:00 PM

Saturday, April 21
*Harvard at Columbia 12:00 PM
*Yale at No. 15 Cornell 12:00 PM
*No. 9 Dartmouth at No. 18 Princeton 1:00 PM
*Brown at No. 7 Penn 1:00 PM

KEY
*-Ivy League contest