Photo courtesy Gil Talbot.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard field hockey team travels to Princeton, N.J., to take on the No. 5 Princeton Tigers Saturday at noon at Class of '52 Stadium.
Last Time Out
Cornell held off a late surge by Harvard (3-10, 1-3 Ivy League) for a 2-0 win Saturday at Jordan Field. The Crimson earned five penalty corners in the game's final five minutes, but Cornell's Catie De Stio netted her second goal to seal the Big Red win with 72 seconds left to play. Cynthia Tassopoulos made eight saves for the Crimson.
The Harvard defense has been anchored by Cynthia Tassopoulos, who ranks second in the Ivy League and 15th nationally with 6.69 saves per game. Her .737 save percentage is good for second in the Ancient Eight and 25th in all of Division I. In Ivy League play, Tassopoulos ranks second in save percentage (.793) and saves per game (5.75) and fourth in goals-against average (1.37). She is one of two goalies to post an individual shutout in Ivy play this season.
Scouting the Tigers
Princeton (10-3, 4-0) is coming off a loss to then-No. 5 Connecticut but has previously knocked off top-10 squads, Maryland, Syracuse and Louisville. The Tigers own Ivy wins against Dartmouth, Yale, Columbia and Brown. The Tigers are led by Kathleen Sharkey, the nation's top scorer with 4.08 points and 1.77 goals per game to total 23 goals, seven assists and 53 points. Katie Reinprecht has scored 11 goals, while sister Julia has a team-high 10 assists. Christina Maida has played in goal in all 13 games, starting 11. She owns a 1.08 goals-against average and .711 save percentage.
The Crimson will be back at Jordan Field next week to face its second straight ranked opponent. Harvard meets No. 13 Boston College Wednesday at 6 p.m.