Caroline Code put the Crimson on top at Dartmouth Saturday (photo Gil Talbot).
HANOVER, N.H. – Caroline Code scored her first goal of the season just 1:33 into the game, but the Harvard field hockey team could not hold the advantage as the Crimson dropped a 4-1 Ivy League decision to Dartmouth Saturday afternoon.
Harvard (3-11, 1-5 Ivy League) tallied its earliest goal of the season when Code put the Crimson on top. The sophomore handled a roller in front of the net and put it past Dartmouth's Jenna Stearns. Senior Emma Keller assisted on the play, her second helper of the season.
After the Crimson took the lead, Dartmouth's offense began to apply consistent pressure. The Big Green took 16 shots over the first 35 minutes, including two scores from Janine Leger to give Dartmouth the lead before halftime.
Leger's first goal of the day came three minutes after Code's score. The Big Green sophomore redirected a deflection by Liz Blanken to even the game. At the 27-minute mark, Leger once again snuck a shot past Harvard goalie Cynthia Tassopoulos. She fired an attempt from the far side of the circle off of a penalty corner that found its way into the cage.
Tassopoulos kept the Crimson close in the contest with 11 first-half saves.
In the second half, Harvard held Dartmouth to half as many shots and was even in penalty corners, 5-5. Although the Crimson's opportunities improved in the second half, Harvard could not find a goal.
Dartmouth padded its lead four minutes into the second stanza and eventually pulled away with a goal in the 61st minute. Ali Savage scored the Big Green's third of the afternoon and Masini added Dartmouth's fourth on a rebound from her own shot.
Tassopoulos denied two more shots in the second half to total 13 for the afternoon.
The Crimson has a quick turnaround as the squad takes on Vermont tomorrow afternoon in Burlington, Vt.