The Harvard field hockey team looks to start a new winning streak when it returns to Ivy League play Saturday at Cornell. The game is scheduled for noon at Marsha Dodson Field in Ithaca, N.Y.
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Last Time Out
Harvard's Cynthia Tassopoulos made 18 saves, but Northeastern hung on for a 1-0 win against the Crimson Monday in Boston. The Huskies' Kaela Barker scored the game's lone goal in the first half, and Christy Haughey logged a defensive save for Harvard.
Harvard (6-5, 2-1 Ivy League) owns Ivy League wins against Penn and Brown, having outscored those teams by a combined 8-1 margin, and lost a league contest at Yale. The Crimson is tied for second place in the conference standings, alongside Columbia, Princeton and Yale. Dartmouth leads the league with a 3-0 mark in Ancient Eight play. Saturday's game against the Big Red (5-6, 0-3) is Harvard's first against league competition since shutting down the Bears, 4-0, Oct. 1.
Harvard had won four straight games before falling to No. 7 Stanford and Northeastern over the holiday weekend. One key to the Crimson's success has been the play of goalie Cynthia Tassopoulos. The junior ranks ninth nationally with a .794 save percentage and 11th with 8.1 saves per game. She owns a 2.14 goals-against average.
On the other end of the field, Noel Painter paces the Crimson with 12 points and four goals and shares with Carly Dickson the team assists lead at four. Dickson has eight points and leads Harvard with 31 shots. Her 14 shots in Ivy games are good for fourth in the league. Dickson and Painter are tied for fourth in the league with two Ivy goals and seventh with five league points.
Eleven different players have scored for Harvard, with Bridget McGillivray, Sydney Jenkins and Kyleigh Keating tied for second on the team with three goals each. McGillivray ranks third on the squad with seven points, while four players have notched six apiece.
Harvard holds a 23-10-4 series lead against the Big Red, and the teams have alternated wins in their last four meetings. The teams had played five straight one-goal encounters until the Big Red won, 2-0, last season at Jordan Field. Alex Botte made three saves to record a shutout in that game. Cynthia Tassopoulos earned an eight-save shutout, 1-0, in 2009.
Scouting the Big Red
Cornell has won its last two games, 4-3 at Lehigh and 3-1 against Bucknell. The Big Red's league losses have come to Penn, Columbia and Yale. Three different players scored for the Big Red against the Bison on Wednesday, including Hannah Balleza, who owns team-high totals of six goals and 14 points. Brittany Thompson leads the squad with five assists. Alex Botte and Carolyn Horner have both seen significant minutes in goal, but Botte has played in all three Ivy games. She owns a 2.37 goals-against average and .738 save percentage overall.