Cynthia Tassopoulos made seven saves to blank Brown, 1-0, Saturday afternoon (photo Gil Talbot).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Cynthia Tassopoulos earned her second shutout of the season and the Harvard field hockey team provided just enough offense to edge Brown, 1-0, in Providence, R.I., Saturday. Emma Keller had the lone goal of the afternoon late in the second half as the Crimson picked up its first Ivy League win of the year.
Brown (2-6, 0-3 Ivy League) controlled the action early with five shots in the first three and a half minutes of play. The Crimson (3-5, 1-2 Ivy League) was able to spoil Brown's initial push as three of the Bears' attempts were denied by Tassopoulos and two went wide.
Brown continued to own the momentum of the first half until Harvard's best opportunity came in the 29th minute. Caitlin Rea got inside the circle and took a pair of attempts, including one on target, before gaining a penalty corner. On the ensuing corner, Elizabeth Jacobson fired to the cage, but Brown's Shannon McSweeney came up with another save.
Harvard ended up with six shots in the first half, with four on goal, while Brown fired 10 attempts and Tassopoulos saved five.
In the second half, the Crimson began to control the pace. Harvard let loose the first four shots of the half over the course of 13 minutes. Keller registered two attempts, while Katelin Wahl and Bridget McGillvray each had one.
Keller would ultimately break the scoreless tie with a goal in the 65th minute of play. The senior received a pass from Noel Painter, advanced it into the circle, and got McSweeney to move laterally enough to slip the ball between her legs and into the cage for her second goal of the year.
Tassopoulos, who finished the day with seven saves, did not allow a goal for the fifth time in her career.
Harvard has a quick turnaround, as it hosts Quinnipiac tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the first of four consecutive home games.