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Rivals to Clash in Ivy League Field Hockey Opener Saturday

Pilar Curtis and the Crimson defense shut out the Bulldogs in Yale's last visit to Jordan, in 2008 (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The Harvard field hockey team opens Ivy League play by hosting rival Yale Saturday at 2 p.m. at Jordan Field for the latest installment in a series that has featured tightly contested games year after year.

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.

Last Time Out
New Hampshire scored twice in the second half after Rachael Rosenfeld scored a tying goal in the first half to defeat the Crimson, 3-1, Wednesday in Durham, N.H. Cynthia Tassopoulos logged 11 saves for Harvard (2-3).

Crimson Capsule
Chloe Keating, the Ivy League Player of the Week following the season's opening weekend, leads the Crimson and ranks third in the Ivy League with 11 points. Her team-high four goals tie her for fifth in the Ancient Eight. Keating's averages of one goal and 2.5 points per game entering this week had her tied for 12th nationally in both categories. She has had a point in four of Harvard's five games.

Emma Keller ranks second on the team with three goals and seven points. Carly Dickson (one goal, two assists) and Rachael Rosenfeld (two goals) have each recorded four points. Cynthia Tassopoulos began the week ranked 21st nationally with a 1.40 goals-against average.

History Lesson
Carly Dickson recorded a goal and an assist, but Yale withstood three unanswered Crimson goals in the second half to hang on for a 4-3 win in last season's Ivy opener. Then-senior Ashley McCauley scored three of Yale's four first-half goals, while Harvard's Cynthia Tassopoulos made eight saves.

The game was the sixth straight between the rivals to be decided by a single goal, with each team winning three. Dickson's second-half penalty stroke lifted Harvard to a 1-0 win in 2008 after the previous two meetings were decided in double overtime.

Scouting the Bulldogs
A 3-2 overtime loss to Massachusetts Sunday ended Yale's season-opening win streak at three games. The Bulldogs had previously defeated Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac and Colgate.

Georgia Holland notched two goals and an assist last weekend to earn selection as Ivy Rookie of the Week. Erica Borgo registered three goals and two assists to claim the rookie honor for the first weekend of the season. Borgo leads Yale with 10 points, while Taylor Sankovich has scored a team-high four goals. Katie Bolling owns a 1.70 goals-against average and .714 save percentage.

Around the League
Dartmouth and host Princeton will meet in the first Ivy game of the year Friday. Elsewhere on Saturday, Cornell hosts Penn and Brown welcomes Columbia.