Elizabeth Jacobson scored a goal in the first half to even the game at one Sunday afternoon against Quinnipiac, but the Bobcats would ultimately prevail (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Elizabeth Jacobson scored the first goal of her collegiate career, but the Harvard field hockey team suffered a 3-1 setback to Quinnipiac at Jordan Field on Sunday afternoon.
Senior Cynthia Tassopoulos made a game-high seven saves, including five in the first half, for the Crimson (3-6). Harvard outshot the Bobcats (6-4), 8-6, in the second half, but Quinnipiac owned a 14-13 edge overall. The Bobcats also led 11-10 in penalty corners, though the Crimson held a 7-4 advantage in the second frame.
The Bobcats took the early lead less than ten minutes into the game. Tassopoulos saved two quick shots by juniors Jennalise Taylor and Amanda Danziger, but senior Cate Colucci rebounded Danziger's shot and found the back of the cage to put Quinnipiac up, 1-0.
Harvard responded three minutes later when Jacobson scored from the middle on an assist from junior Bridget McGillivray. Kim Goh initially passed at the top of the circle to Caroline Code, who inserted the ball to the middle to McGillivray. A cross pass from McGillivray found Jacobson, who wrapped her stick around a Quinnipiac defender to poke the ball in the cage.
Danziger scored with just under 16 minutes to go in the half to give Quinnipiac an edge it would not relinquish. Jess Rusin passed along to Danziger after a penalty corner and the Bobcat striker fired from the right wing of the circle for a goal.
Harvard looked like it had potential the knot the score in the first half as it gained two penalty corners with no time on the clock. Jacobson put a shot on target after the first corner that was saved, before a Quinnipiac foul. On the second corner, Caitlin Rea sent a well-struck attempt wide.
The Crimson had a number of good looks to tie the game in the second half, but could not find the back of the cage. Harvard put four shots on target in the second 35 minutes, each being saved by Canoboy.
Rusin iced the victory in the 68th minute with her first goal of the afternoon. The junior redirected a Emilie Vandeputte strike past Tassopoulos.
Harvard next plays No. 9 Northeastern at Jordan Field Wednesday at 7 p.m.