Noel Painter scored two goals and contributed an assist to lead Harvard past Bryant Monday night (Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team snapped a five-game losing streak Monday night as they raced past Bryant, 4-1, behind two goals and an assist from Noel Painter. The Crimson ran its all-time record to 4-0 over Bryant with its best offensive performance of the season.
Bryant drew first blood early in the contest. The Bulldogs' Michelle Fallon dribbled into the circle and slapped a shot past Cynthia Tassopoulos into the left side of the cage. From there forward, Harvard dominated the action.
The Crimson scored the next three goals of the half to take a commanding 3-1 lead. Caitlin Rea got the scoring started for Harvard. The sophomore handled a ball inserted from Painter off a penalty corner and fired into the bottom of the cage.
Harvard made it 2-1 just three minutes later with a Painter tally. Emma Keller dished to the sophomore, who smacked the ball on target for what proved to be the game-winner.
Rachael Rosenfeld added Harvard's third goal of the night with a highlight-reel goal with three minutes remaining in the half. Kaitlyn Boudah inserted the ball into the circle and Rosenfeld deflected the pass into the cage with a no-look attempt. The junior's back was to the goal when she received the pass, but she had enough field presence to put the ball on target and past Bryant's Megan Hancock.
The Crimson controlled play for much of the first 35 minutes, as it had 12 shots compared to Bryant's six. Harvard also had seven chances off penalty corners, while the Bulldogs only had one.
After the break, the Crimson kept charging and added its fourth score ten minutes into the frame. Painter redirected a Jacobson pass for her third goal of the season.
Cynthia Tassopoulos made eight saves in the game to anchor Harvard's defense. The Crimson outshot the Bulldogs, 19-12, and gained more penalty corners, 9-8.
Harvard returns to action this weekend with a trip to Brown to take on the Bears Saturday at noon.