Kim Goh scored her first goal of the year against Northeastern Wednesday night (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team dropped a non-conference weekday match to No. 8 Northeastern, 4-1, Wednesday night at Jordan Field. NU opened up a 4-0 lead in the first half, before Harvard's Kim Goh gave the Crimson its only score in the second half.
The Huskies' Crystal Poland, the second leading scorer in the nation, opened the scoring in the fourth minute of action. Poland fired from the top of the circle after Nicky Graham and Lindsay Bennett fed the senior off of a penalty corner.
Northeastern's Kelly Dunn added the second Huskies' score of the night in the 12th minute, before Poland padded NU's lead three minutes later. Poland once again nailed a shot into the corner of the goal off of a penalty corner.
Harvard had its best scoring chance when it put a pair of shots on target between the 23rd and 26th minutes. Senior Emma Keller put her second shot of the night on goal, before the Crimson obtained a penalty corner. On the corner, sophomore Caitlin Rea took a strong attempt, but NU's Lizzie Priest was there to deny the offering.
One minute later, the Huskies added to their lead with a tally from Kate Carlson. Harvard junior Caroline McNeil came up with a defensive save as a shot bounced past Crimson goalie Cynthia Tassopoulos but McNeil's deflection bounced straight to Carlson's stick. The sophomore's unassisted mark was the final goal of the first half, as Northeastern controlled the pace with nine shots compared to Harvard's four.
Harvard picked up the momentum in the second half, as the Crimson held NU scoreless through the 35-minute frame. The Crimson ripped eight shots in the first 11 mintues of the half, including a three-shot flurry at the 56th minute mark. Rea smacked a shot off Priest's pads, Goh had an attempt blocked and Priest denied another attempt, this time from Keller to keep Harvard scoreless.
The Crimson broke the Northeastern shutout after an NU penalty gave Harvard a penalty stroke. Goh, a captain for the Crimson, took the stroke and buried it into the right edge of the cage.
Harvard ended up outshooting Northeastern, 11-5, in the second half and was also awarded five penalty corners against NU's two. The Crimson put seven shots between the posts in the second stanza, but Priest made six saves for the Huskies to keep Harvard at bay.
The Crimson will look to carry the momentum it gained in the second half towards its next game this Sunday against Bucknell. Harvard hosts the Bison at Jordan Field at 2 p.m.