Caroline Code has been a staple in the Crimson's lineup this season (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team will play host to No. 8 Northeastern in a 7 p.m. contest at Jordan Field Wednesday.
The Crimson (3-6) won two of three games last week, including its first Ivy League victory of the season in a 1-0 shutout at Brown. After scoring three goals over the course of its first five games, Harvard's offense has come alive with nine goals in the last four games. Sophomore Noel Painter leads Harvard with nine points on four goals and one assist, while classmate Caitlin Rea has the team-lead in assists with four.
Last Time Out
Freshman Elizabeth Jacobson scored her first career goal to even the score at 1-1 against Quinnipiac Sunday, but the Bobcats found the back of the cage two more times to win 3-1. Harvard was edged in shots, 14-13, and penalty corners, 11-10, on the afternoon.
Tassopoulos Moving Up
Cynthia Tassopoulos has been tough to beat in the Harvard cage this season. The senior co-captain ranks among the nation's best in three categories, including goals against average (1.67, 25th), saves per game (7.71, 13th) and save percentage (.818, 5th).
About No. 8 Northeastern
The Huskies (8-2) have a high-powered offense, scoring 2.8 goals per game to rank 24th in the nation, led by Crystal Poland. The senior ranks third in the country with 3.5 points per game and second with 1.6 goals per contest. Poland has accounted for 57% of the team's goals, 50% of points and 43% of shots. She is a two-time All-American and was picked as the CAA's Preseason Player of the Year prior to 2012. In the cage, senior Lizzie Priest has played all but five minutes for the Huskies. She comes into the week with a .716 save percentage, while allowing 2.37 goals per game.
Northeastern, which does not have a dedicated home field, has already played one "home" game at Jordan Field this season. The Huskies took down William & Mary in Cambridge, 3-2, Sept. 21 and will host Towson at Jordan Field Oct. 28.
Northeastern leads the all-time series against Harvard, 23-13. The Huskies have won the last three meetings between the two schools, with Harvard's last win coming in 2008. When the Crimson is the home team, the series is knotted, 10-10.
Harvard continues its homestand with games against Bucknell (Oct. 7) and Cornell (Oct. 13).