Dickson (left) and Kimmel each played a part in two Harvard goals (photo courtesy David Silverman).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -Sophomore Carly Dickson recorded a goal and an assist, but Yale withstood the Harvard field hockey team's three unanswered goals in the second half to hang on for a 4-3 win in the Ivy League opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field.
Ashley McCauley scored three of Yale's four first-half goals. Senior Elizabeth Goodman-Bacon and junior Chloe Keating also scored for the Crimson (3-1, 0-1 Ivy League). Freshman Cynthia Tassopoulos made eight saves in the Harvard goal.
The Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0) jumped on top early, as Marissa Waldemore scored at the 2:45 mark of the first half. McCauley scored less than seven minutes later and then added two scores in less than three minutes late in the half. Katie Cantore assisted on McCauley's second and third goals.
Harvard's comeback effort got going about 15 minutes into the second half, when Goodman-Bacon recorded her first goal of the season. The team co-captain deflected in Dickson's shot off a penalty corner following the stick stop by sophomore Allie Kimmel. Keating cut the lead to two with her sixth goal of the season at 63:49. Dickson had the final tally on a corner with time expired. Senior co-captain Kristin Bannon and Kimmel had the insert and stop, respectively, for assists on Dickson's goal.