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Bears Bow to Harvard Field Hockey, 4-0, in Ivy League Showdown

Cynthia Tassopoulos stopped 12 shots in the 4-0 shutout against Brown (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
The Harvard field hockey team rallied for three second-half goals to pull away from Brown, clinching a 4-0 victory Saturday at Jordan Field.

The Bears (1-8, 0-3 Ivy League) worked well on the counter-attack during most of the first half, earning four penalty corners and testing Harvard goalie Cynthia Tassopoulos with 10 shots on frame. The momentum began to swing towards the Crimson end just over 10 minutes into the game as the Bears picked up a yellow card, putting them down a player for a key stretch.

While the Crimson (5-3, 2-1) was not able to take advantage of the Brown penalty, it was able to strike first at the 15:20 mark. Junior Katelin Wahl carried the ball into the circle and backhanded a shot across the goalmouth that found its way through a crowd and past Brown keeper Shannon McSweeney for a 1-0 lead. The Bears nearly broke through with the game-tying goal with 1:04 left in the half but Tassopoulos stopped a Brown penalty stroke to preserve the 1-0 lead into halftime.

Harvard doubled its lead just 18 seconds into the second half as Catriona McDonald slid a pass through the crease and Noel Painter was there to one-time home the shot. Carly Dickson nearly made it 3-0 early in the second stanza on a penalty stroke, but McSweeney lunged to her left to turn away the attempt. 

With 53:11 gone in the game, Harvard was able to find its third tally, as Kyleigh Keating tapped in the ball from close range after getting the ball from Painter, who had collected the rebound of a Carly McNeill shot. Emma Keller notched the hosts' fourth and final score of the day, ripping a shot from the right side of the net that ricocheted off McSweeney and into the back of the cage.

Tassopoulos finished the clean sheet with 12 saves on the day while her counterpart McSweeney collected nine stops in the loss. Harvard held the advantage in both shots (21-12) and penalty corners (11-7) on the afternoon. 

The Crimson returns to Jordan Field tomorrow for a non-conference contest against Vermont. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.