Emma Keller scored her first goal of the season at Penn Sept. 22 (photo Justine Agaloos).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Coming off its best offensive performance of the season, the Harvard field hockey team will host Bryant Monday night at Jordan Field. The contest is slated for a 6 p.m. start.
The Crimson (1-5, 0-2 Ivy League) is led by sophomores Noel Painter and Caitlin Rea, who have each tallied four points in the first six games. Painter has found the back of the cage on two occasions, while Rea has four of Harvard's assists. On the other end, senior Cynthia Tassopoulos has four starts in goal and junior Jenn Hatfield has started twice. Tassopoulos enters Monday' matchup with a 1.91 goals against average and an .800 save percentage, while Hatfield has blocked .750 percent of shots and allowed 2.49 goals per game.
Last Time Out
Harvard doubled its goal total for the year with three scores at Penn Sept. 22, but fell, 4-3. Painter scored to pull the Crimson within one with 10 minutes remaining in the contest, after senior Emma Keller and sophomore Kaitlyn Boudah had tallied goals earlier in the game. Rea and classmate Sydney Jenkins had assists on the day, while Jenn Hatfield made three saves in goal.
The Bulldogs are 2-6 in 2012 with wins over Colgate and Brown. Sophomore Rosie Bird paces Bryant with seven goals, including four in a loss at Dartmouth, and junior Kayleigh Ballantyne has contributed seven assists. Junior Megan Hancock has played every minute in the cage for the Bulldogs, while giving up 2.88 goals per game and saving .730 percent of shots.
Harvard has beaten Bryant in all three matchups between the two schools. Last year, the Crimson came from behind to beat the Bulldogs, 2-1. Katelin Wahl scored the second-half equalizer and Painter assisted on the game-winner.
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Harvard has a busy weekend Sept. 29-30 as the squad will travel to Brown Saturday and host Quinnipiac Sunday.