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Harvard Field Hockey Opens Against Holy Cross, Bryant

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard field hockey team begins the 2010 season with a pair of home games on Labor Day weekend. The Crimson hosts Holy Cross on Saturday at 1 p.m., and Bryant on Monday at 1.

Follow From Home
Admission to Harvard home field hockey games is free, but fans who cannot make it to Jordan Field can follow the action online. Harvard's GameCentral portal features live video with a single-game or season subscription, while GoCrimson.com offers free live statistics.

Crimson Captains
Senior back KJ Warren and junior midfielder Carly Dickson are the captains of the 2010 edition of the Crimson. Dickson is a two-time All-Ivy League selection, while Warren is working her way back to the field after missing last season with an injury.

Returning Statistical Leaders
Chloe Keating led Harvard in goals (10) and points (25) last season as a junior. Carly Dickson registered 17 points and tied for the team lead in assists with seven.

Cynthia Tassopoulos played every minute in goal as a freshman, ranking eighth nationally with 8.82 saves per game. Dickson earned selection to the All-Ivy second team and, along with classmate Georgia McGillivray, was a second-team all-region pick. Keating and Tassopoulos each garnered All-Ivy honorable mention.

Strength in Numbers
The Crimson roster features 20 student-athletes, including 11 returning letterwinners. Eight players started at least nine games last season.

Welcome to Cambridge
In addition to this year's eight-woman freshman class, there are two new assistant coaches roaming the Crimson's sideline. Julie Munson was an assistant coach for six seasons at James Madison, where she helped the Dukes win three conference titles, reach three NCAA tournaments and field the top defense in Division I in 2008.

Jen Long was a three-time All-America defender and four-year starter at Penn State. She was twice named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and helped the Nittany Lions reach the 2007 NCAA title game.

History Lessons
The Crimson has won 10 of its 11 previous meetings with the Crusaders, including three straight since Holy Cross notched its only series win in 2006. Chloe Keating logged two goals and an assist to lead Harvard to a 4-1 win last season in Worcester. Carly Dickson notched two assists, and Emma Keller scored in her collegiate debut. Alanna Sikorski scored for Holy Cross.

In the first meeting between the Harvard and Bryant programs, the Crimson defeated the Bulldogs, 4-2, last year at Jordan Field. Keating and Kristin Bannon '09-10 eached registered a goal and an assist for Harvard, while Georgia McGillivray and Keller also scored. Harvard held a 10-2 advantage in penalty corners and outshot Bryant, 21-7, but Courtney Landi scored to get Bryant within one goal before Keller's late marker. Elise Boiseneau also tallied for the Bulldogs.

Hot Starts
Harvard has won its last three season openers. Last season's win against the Crusaders was followed by consecutive victories against UC Davis and Bryant. The Crimson won five of its first six home games in 2008 and four of its first five in 2007.

Scouting the Crusaders
Holy Cross returns 14 letterwinners and six starters from last season's squad that tied for fourth place in the Patriot League. Alanna Sikorski is the team's top returning scorer, having registered 12 points on five goals and two assists last season. Kelly Casey played the entire season in goal, notching a 3.14 goals-against average, a .615 save percentage and 5.94 saves per game.

Scouting the Bulldogs
Bryant takes on New Hampshire Thursday night, seeking its first win after previously falling to Davidson, 5-0, and Georgetown, 6-1. The Bulldogs, in their first year of full Division I status, were picked fourth of eight teams in the Northeast Conference preseason poll. Elise Boiseneau has the team's lone goal so far. She ranked second on the team with five goals and 13 points last season, while Courtney Landi paced the squad with eight goals and 18 points.