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Harvard Field Hockey Suffers First Loss, 2-1 to Maine

Rosenfeld is the second Harvard freshman to score a goal this season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

BURLINGTON, Vt.—Freshman Rachael Rosenfeld tied the game with her first career goal in the first half, but Maine scored in the final 10 minutes to hand the Harvard field hockey team its first loss of the season, 2-1, Saturday afternoon in the Sheraton Catamount Classic at Moulton Winder Field.

Cynthia Tassopoulos made eight saves to lead the Harvard defense, while Chloe Keating recorded an assist for her 10th point in three games for the Crimson (2-1). Michelle Niedziejko had the winning goal for the Black Bears (3-2), who got a goal and an assist from Kelly Newton.

Harvard had scored early in each of its first two games of the season, but in this contest Maine got on the board first. Newton deflected a long ball from Stephanie Gardiner in the game's ninth minute. The Crimson was quick to respond, however, with Rosenfeld finishing off a spurt of Harvard pressure in front of the Maine goal by scoring less than eight minutes later.

Tassopoulos and Maine goalie Brittany Fleck kept the score at 1-1 for nearly 40 minutes, until Niedziejko netted the game-winner at 65:24. The Crimson could not get a goal of its own in the second half, despite earning four penalty corners. Fleck finished with four saves.

In the first game of the day, host Vermont registered a 2-1 victory against Pacific in double overtime. The Crimson and Catamounts clash Sunday at 2:30 p.m.