Senior co-captain Kim Goh and junior Caroline McNeill line up for a penalty corner (photo Gil Talbot).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence scored at the 10 and 16 minute marks to take a 2-0 advantage in the first half and the Harvard field hockey team could not muster a comeback as the Crimson fell, 3-0, Saturday afternoon. Harvard dropped its record to 1-2 on the season, as Providence evened its mark to 2-2.
Senior co-captain Cynthia Tassopoulos stopped the first two Friar shots on goal, but the Providence offensive attack continued and the home team got on the board at the 10:21 mark to take a 1-0 lead. Kaleigh FitzPatrick inserted the ball off of a penalty corner where Caitlin Malone optioned for Steph Guglielmo. The Friar's sophomore fired from the left and found the back of the cage for the first score of the afternoon.
Providence cushioned its lead 16 minutes into the game, this time as a direct result of a penalty corner. FitzPatrick once again moved the ball into play, Malone stopped it at the top and Henni Tietze fired and scored.
Tassopoulos made five saves in the first half, but the Crimson took a 2-0 deficit into the break. Providence held an advantage in shots, 9-1, and corners, 8-0, during the opening frame.
Harvard's senior goalie continued to make plays to start the second half with five saves during the opening 15 minutes after halftime, but eventually Providence broke through for another goal. FitzPatrick and Tietze connected again for the Friars, this time with FitzPatrick getting the ball across the line on an assist from Tietze. FitzPatrick beat Tassopoulos off of a deflection at the post.
After Providence's third score, Harvard's offensive push increased, as the Crimson ripped four shots in the remaining minutes. Two Caitlin Rea attempts were blocked before the shot reached the goal and another try from Rea was saved by Kathi Weidman. Sydney Jenkins also put a shot on target.
Harvard was outshot, 18-5, and the Friars held a 13-4 advantage in corners.
The Crimson is back at Jordan Field tomorrow to host No. 17 Boston College at 2 p.m. The game is part of the Harvard Student Rewards program and all Harvard students in attendance will receive a free frisbee.