On a weekend honoring a successful Crimson team of the past, Harvard's current squad looks to build on last weekend's two-game sweep as it hosts Brown Saturday at noon and Vermont Sunday at 2 p.m. at Jordan Field.
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Last Time Out
After pulling away to a 4-1 win Sept. 25 against Penn, Harvard (4-3, 1-1 Ivy League) completed its perfect weekend by coming back from a goal down to top Bryant, 2-1, a day later. Katelin Wahl banged in the tying goal less than two minutes after the Bulldogs took the lead early in the season half. Paige Haley scored before another four minutes had elapsed, finishing after Sydney Jenkins sent a right-to-left ball into the circle and Noel Painter redirected it to the far post. Cynthia Tassopoulos made five saves.
Carly Dickson was named Ivy League Player of the Week after leading the Crimson with four weekend points. She registered a goal and an assist in the Ivy League win against Penn and assisted on Katelin Wahl's tally against Bryant.
This year marks the two-decade anniversary of Harvard's 1991 Ivy League championship. The Crimson, captained by Ceci Clark '92 and Kristen Fowler '92, set a program record for wins with a 13-3-2 record, won the ECAC tournament and advanced to the NCAA tournament. Harvard Athletics is recognizing their accomplishments at Saturday's game.
Carly Dickson and Noel Painter share the Harvard scoring lead with eight points each. Painter and Bridget McGillivray are tied for the team lead with three goals each. Dickson has a team-high four assists. She is tied for third in the Ivy League with five points and two goals in league play.
Cynthia Tassopoulos ranks eighth nationally with an average of 8.29 saves per game and 10th with a .784 save percentage.
A Balanced Attack
Four different players have scored Harvard's four game-winning goals this season, and six different scorers accounted for the Crimson's six weekend goals last weekend.
History Lesson: Harvard vs. Brown
Brown's Abigail Taft scored her second goal of the game in overtime to lift the Bears to a 3-2 win against the Crimson last season in Providence, R.I. Brown held a 2-0 lead before Katelin Wahl scored the first of Harvard's two second-half goals to force overtime. The Bears' win ended a three-year series winning streak for the Crimson. Harvard holds a 20-10-6 series lead and has won 15 of the last 18 meetings.
History Lesson: Harvard vs. Vermont
Harvard and Vermont are meeting for the second straight season and the fourth time in the last five years. The Crimson posted a 4-1 win when the Catamounts last visited Jordan Field in 2008, with Carly Dickson tallying the final Harvard goal. Vermont defeated Harvard, 1-0, in overtime last season, but the Crimson holds a 10-5 series lead and has won the last 10 meetings at Jordan.
Scouting the Bears
Brown (1-7, 0-2) has lost four games, including each of its last three, by a single goal. In Ivy action, the Bears held a 1-0 lead at Columbia before the Lions scored three straight goals in the final 18 minutes and then fell in overtime, 4-3, to Dartmouth last weekend.
Leslie Springmeyer leads Brown with nine points. She and Meghan O'Donnell have scored a team-high four goals each, while Avery Burns paces the Bears with five assists. Shannon McSweeney has started all eight games in goal. She owns a .730 save percentage.
Scouting the Catamounts
Vermont (6-4) enters Saturday's game against Boston University having won its last two games, including a midweek clash with Dartmouth. The Catamounts prevailed in that game, 4-3, thanks to a last-minute goal by Emily Bastiaanse and 11 saves by Stephanie Zygmunt.
Colleen Slaugther leads Vermont with seven goals and 14 points, while Bastiaanse has logged five goals and 11 points. Sally Snickenberger has recorded a team-high three assists. Zygmunt enters the weekend with a save percentage of .800, having started each of the Catamounts' 10 games.
Around the League
Columbia and Dartmouth look to preserve their unblemished Ivy League records as they head south to Princeton and Penn, respectively, Saturday. Cornell, meanwhile, seeks its first Ancient Eight win when it visits Yale.
Sunday's schedule features nonconference home games for Columbia against Rutgers and Yale against Connecticut.