CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard field hockey team scored three goals in the first five minutes of the second half to pull away to a 4-1 win against Penn Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field.
Carly Dickson led the Crimson (3-3, 1-1 Ivy League) to its first Ivy League win with a goal and an assist, while Noel Painter, Mariah Pewarski and Bridget McGillivray also scored. Cynthia Tassopoulos made six saves, including four in the second half to keep Penn from getting back into the game.
Despite a significant possession advantage, Harvard could not build on a first-half lead after Painter's early goal. That changed quickly in the second half. Dickson gave the Crimson a 2-0 lead when she converted a penalty stroke just 74 seconds after the break, after shots by Georgia McGillivray and Rachael Rosenfeld pressured Penn into an infraction in front of its own goal.
Pewarski scored barely a minute later, banging in her first collegiate goal after Dickson took the ball down low and centered. The fourth goal came at the 39:55 mark. Following a penalty corner, Georgia McGillivray fired the ball from the left side of the circle toward the right post, where younger sister Bridget was there to tip it in.
Julie Tahan got the Quakers (1-6, 1-1) on the board when she scored on a penalty stroke with less than 16 minutes to go. Kieran Sweeney registered eight saves for Penn. Harvard held a 23-15 shots advantage, while Penn owned a 9-8 edge in corners.
The Crimson outshot the Quakers by a 12-3 total before halftime and took the lead in the 15th minute, thanks to a pair of rookies. Caitlyn Rea carried the ball up the right side, getting clear by deking around a defender as she crossed midfield. As she approached the circle, she ripped a hard ball into the middle. Painter was waiting to redirect it past Sweeney.