Crimson Field Hockey Visits Penn Saturday
Co-captain Carly Dickson looks to lead the Crimson to its first Ivy win.
The Harvard field hockey team plays its first Ivy League road game of the season Saturday when it visits Penn at noon.
Last Time Out
Northeastern scored three first-half goals and went on to defeat the Crimson, 4-0, Wednesday evening at Jordan Field. Sophomore Cynthia Tassopoulos matched a season high with 11 saves, and junior Georgia McGillivray led Harvard with two shots.
Senior Chloe Keating continues to pace the Crimson (2-5, 0-1 Ivy League) in points (11), goals (four), assists (three) and game-winning goals (two). Her points total remains tied for the Ivy League's third-highest, while her goals mark is tied for sixth in the league.
A Different Surface
While most collegiate field hockey is played on flat, smooth-rolling AstroTurf fields, Penn's Franklin Field features FieldTurf, which feels more like natural grass. In preparation for Saturday's game, the Crimson practiced Thursday on the FieldTurf of the Cumnock fields beyond the fence of Jordan Field. Harvard will get in a practice Friday at Franklin Field after traveling to Philadelphia.
Harvard held a 1-0 halftime lead and a 14-11 edge in shots in the game, but Penn scored four second-half goals to rally to a 4-1 defeat of the Crimson last season at Jordan Field. Sarah Hasson scored twice for the Quakers, while Kieran Sweeney made seven saves. Cynthia Tassopoulos made two stops for the Crimson. Penn has won three of the last four meetings between the teams, following a streak of 10 straight series wins for Harvard.
Scouting the Quakers
Penn (1-3, 0-1) enters Saturday's matchup on a three-game skid, having suffered consecutive 4-0 road losses to Cornell and Villanova. The Quakers' lone win came Sept. 11 at William & Mary, 1-0. Kieran Sweeney registered a seven-save shutout in that game has averaged an Ivy League-high nine saves per game thus far.
Around the League
Cornell and Columbia both seek their second Ivy League win as they kick off the Ivy weekend schedule Friday afternoon in New York City. Princeton and Yale also look to move to 2-0 in the Ancient Eight Saturday in New Haven, Conn., while Brown and Dartmouth seek their first Ivy win in Hanover, N.H. Sunny Stirwalt and Kyle deSandes-Moyer share the team lead with two goals and four points apiece.