CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Seventh-ranked Stanford handed the Harvard field hockey team its first home loss and snapped the Crimson's four-game winning streak, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field.
Becky Dru had a goal and two assists to lead Stanford (10-1) to its ninth straight win. Emma Keller scored for the Crimson (6-4), while Cynthia Tassopoulos made eight saves. The Cardinal's three corner goals came on just four corner chances, while they limited the Crimson to two corners with strong tackling on the edge of Harvard's offensive circle.
"I think we played very well," said head coach Sue Caples. "They're a very strong team. We played for 70 minutes and it came down to speed of execution."
"We're pretty happy with everyone's effort," added senior co-captain Carly Dickson, who drew both Crimson corners. "The team executed our game plan well; we just need to do a better job getting our shots and corners."
The Cardinal scored twice in each half. After even play with few shots in the early going, Stanford took control with Dru's goal on the first penalty corner of the game, eight minutes into the contest. Kelsey Lloyd doubled the margin at the 16:50 mark, after the Cardinal's second corner. Dru passed from the center of the circle to Lloyd down low on the left for the finish.
Harvard started the second half strong, recording three of the first four shots after the break. It was again Stanford getting the first goal, though. Courtney Haldeman got the ball low on the right from Alex McCawley, who had carried it up on a counter attack. Haldeman passed in front of the goal to Devon Holman for a 3-1 lead.
Keller got Harvard on the board at 58:25. Following a corner, Georgia McGillivray fired the ball toward the left post, where Rachael Rosenfeld redirected back to the right. Keller, who had inserted, was there to put the ball past Cardinal goalie Ale Moss. Dru added Stanford's fourth and final goal on penalty corner in the final three minutes.
Mariah Pewarski made a defensive impact for the Crimson, leading the team with five pass intercepts. McGillivray intercepted four Stanford balls.