Sydney Jenkins and the Crimson face Penn in its second Ivy League game (photo Justin Agaloos).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team will take on its second Ivy League opponent of the season Saturday, when it travels to Penn for an 11:30 a.m. contest.
The Crimson (1-4, 0-1 Ivy League) has dropped its last four games after topping Holy Cross, 1-0, in its season opener. Sophomore Caitlin Rea has paced Harvard with three points, on three assists, through the first five games. Rea has contributed to all three Crimson scores this season, as Catriona McDonald, Caroline McNeill and Noel Painter have found the back of the cage. Senior co-captain Cynthia Tassopoulos has started four of five games in goal and enters the weekend with a 1.91 goals against average and .800 save percentage.
Last Time Out
Harvard was issued a sudden loss when Yale tallied a game-winner 12 minutes into overtime Sept. 15. The Crimson erased a 1-0 halftime deficit on a Noel Painter goal with four minutes remaining in regulation to force extra time before eventually falling. The two teams played an even match throughout as they ended tied in shots, 15-15, and penalty corners, 13-13.
The Quakers (3-3, 0-1 Ivy League) won its first three games of the season, before going on a three-game skid. Most recently, Penn was pummeled by Cornell, 4-0, Sept. 15. The Big Red scored four times in the first half, although Penn had the advantage in shots, 9-8, during the first 35 minutes. Junior Julie Tahan leads Penn in goals with five and junior Amelia Cohen has also added four scores. Sophomore Carly Sokach has started all six games in goal and has allowed 19 goals while stopping 36 shots.
Ivy League History
Princeton and Yale split the Ivy League championship last season, ending a six-year run of outright titles by the Tigers. Prior to 2011, the last time a team other than Princeton won the Ancient Eight was 2004 when Harvard and Penn shared the championship. Harvard's last outright title came in 1990, while Penn hasn't had sole possession of the championship since back-to-back titles in 1992 and 1993.
Harvard has taken the last two matchups against Penn and has an 18-11-2 advantage in the all-time series. Noel Painter and Bridget McGillivray scored in last year's matchup to lead Harvard to a 4-1 win. The Crimson is 8-7-1 against Penn in Philadelphia.
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The Crimson comes back to Jordan Field Monday to take Bryant in a 6 p.m. non-conference matchup.