AMHERST, Mass. -Junior Chloe Keating scored two goals and set up freshman Emma Keller for two more as the Harvard field hockey team defeated UC Davis, 4-1, in the first meeting between the schools, a neutral-site game Wednesday night at Garber Field.
It was the second straight 4-1 win for the Crimson (2-0) and second straight two-goal game for Keating, who has 11 points on four goals and three assists through two games.
Freshman Cynthia Tassopoulos made five saves and kicked the ball out of trouble on several occasions to record her second straight win in the Crimson cage. UC Davis goalie Lauren Sawvelle made five saves and got several blocked shots from her defense to combat Harvard's 22-10 edge in shots. The Crimson registered 10 penalty corners to six for the Aggies (3-2).
The Crimson dominated early, controlling the ball in the UC Davis end of the field, but could not get on the board despite five penalty corners and 10 shots in the opening few minutes.
Keating broke the deadlock in the game's eighth minute. Sophomore Carly Dickson found Keating with a pass to the middle of the circle and the junior turned and fired a reverse chip. Sawvelle got a piece of the ball but not enough to keep it from banging into the top right corner for a 1-0 Crimson advantage.
The Aggies got their first corner of the game with about 12 minutes remaining before halftime, but could not break through. It was instead Keating doubling the Crimson's lead and her goal total for the night by deflecting in a shot off a corner by sophomore Georgia McGillivray.
McGillivray nearly made it a three-goal game with a reverse chip of her own, but the ball caromed off the crossbar and out of play. The 2-0 margin held up until halftime, with Harvard holding a 16-2 edge in shots and a 9-2 advantage in corners.
UC Davis got off to a good start to the second half, recording the first two shots of the period, but Harvard again got on the board first. Dickson started with the ball on a restart following a UCD foul. She moved it ahead to Keating for a break in on Sawvelle. When the UC Davis goalie challenged her, she passed across to Keller to knock the ball into the cage.
The margin reached 4-0 when Keating dribbled into the circle and flicked a ball toward goal. Keller tipped it out of the air and over Sawvelle at 50:29 for her third goal of the season and second in eight minutes.
UC Davis got on the board at 62:29 following a penalty corner. Lindsey Valadez took the short insertion from Ellre Ancheta and put a shot that deflected off Tassopoulos and trickled over the line.
Tassopoulos made four second-half saves as UC Davis held an 8-6 shots advantage after the break.
The Crimson opens its home schedule Saturday at noon against Bryant.