Season Preview: Field Hockey Looks to Raise the Bar in 2010

Cynthia Tassopoulos, Georgia McGillivray and Emma Keller are among eight returning starters for the Crimson (photo courtesy David Silverman).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--With the preseason approaching its midway point and the start of the regular season barely a week away, Harvard field hockey coach Sue Caples sat down for an interview with to preview the 2010 campaign.

Harvard returns 11 letterwinners from last year's squad, including eight who started at least nine of the Crimson's 17 games and six who started at least 16. Harvard will rely on a veteran defensive unit, led by co-captain KJ Warren and three-year starter Pilar Curtis and anchored by sophomore goalie Cynthia Tassopoulos.

The Crimson is a deep squad featuring 20 players, including 14 freshmen and sophomores. Much of that young talent will contribute at the midfield and forward positions. The midfield corps is led by junior co-captain Carly Dickson, while senior Chloe Keating paces the Harvard attack.

Keating led the team with 25 points and 10 goals a year ago. She and Tassopoulos each earned All-Ivy League honorable mention, while Dickson was a second-team All-Ivy pick. Dickson and back Georgia McGillivray were named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Northeast Region second team.

Following an exhibition Sunday against the University of Victoria, Harvard begins the 2010 regular season Sept. 4 against Holy Cross at Jordan Field. The Crimson wraps up Labor Day weekend by hosting Bryant Sept. 6. Ivy League play begins with a Sept. 18 matchup with rival Yale.