Caitlin Rea has assisted on both of Harvard's goals this season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After going 1-1 in the first two games of the season, the Harvard field hockey team will take on Providence and No. 17 Boston College this weekend. The Crimson will travel to Providence Saturday, before hosting BC Sunday as part of the Harvard Student Rewards program.
at Providence, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Boston College, Sunday, 2 p.m.
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Last Time Out
After two games, sophomores Catriona McDonald and Caitlin Rea and junior Caroline McNeill are tied for the Harvard team-lead in points with two apiece. McDonald and McNeill have both tallied goals, while Rea assisted on each score in the opening weekend. The Crimson bested Holy Cross, 1-0, in head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden's first career game, but slipped to Sacred Heart, 2-1 (2 OT), on Labor Day.
Protecting the Cage
Cynthia Tassopoulos and Jenn Hatfield split the first two games at goalie for the Crimson. Tassopoulos shutout Holy Cross while making four saves and Hatfield had an impressive 15-save showing during the 98-minute double overtime game against Sacred Heart.
Sunday's matchup with Boston College is part of the Harvard Student Rewards program. Free frisbees will be given to all students in attendance. Also, students may swipe their ID for entry into the Student Rewards grand prize.
About Providence (1-2)
The Friars picked up their first win of the season on Labor Day, a 6-2 rout of Kent State, after starting the season 0-2. Providence took No. 25 Maine and No. 12 Boston University to overtime, but gave up a golden goal in each contest. Sophomore Daniella Bernasconi (2 goals) and junior Caitlin Malone (1 goal, 2 assists) lead the Friars with four points. Like the Crimson, Providence has also utilized two goalies this season with sophomore Deidra Clymer logging 159:31 minutes in two starts and senior Kathi Weidman getting 61:01 minutes in the cage with one start. Clymer has given up 1.76 goals per game and has a .733 save percentage, while Weidman has allowed 2.29 goals per contest and has a .667 save percentage.
Series History – Harvard vs. Providence
Harvard will look to break an 11-11-1 tie in the all-time series against Providence. The Friars have won the last four meetings between the two teams dating back to 2004. Before Providence's recent streak, Harvard had won the previous eight matchups between 1997-2004.
About No. 17 Boston College (3-1)
The Eagles were off to a 3-0 start with wins over No. 20 Michigan State, No. 25 Maine and Quinnipiac, but most recently dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to No. 19 Massachusetts. Junior Virgynia Muma leads all Eagle scorers with three goals, including two game-winners. Freshman Leah Settipane has handled the goalkeeper duties, allowing 0.75 goals per game with a .857 save percentage. BC has taken advantage of quick starts throughout the season by outshooting (28-10), outscoring (5-0) and getting more corners (17-3) than their opponents in the first half. The second half hasn't been as friendly to the Eagles as they have been outshot (21-16), have less corners (12-8) and are only +1 (3-2) in goal differential during the final 35 minutes.
Series History – Harvard vs. Boston College
Boston College has reeled off seven straight wins over the Crimson to take a 12-7-1 advantage in the all-time series. Harvard's last win over BC, a 2-1 victory, came on October 22, 2003.
Harvard opens Ivy League play September 15 against rival Yale at Jordan Field.