Jenn Hatfield kept Harvard in the game with nine saves (photo courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications).
AMHERST, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team opened the 2013 season with a 3-0 loss at No. 14 Massachusetts Friday evening.
UMass (4-0) used two early goals to cruise to the victory. Lauren Allymohamed put the Minutewomen up 1-0 at the 25-minute mark, before Brooke Sabia increased the UMass lead to two six minutes later.
Harvard's offense was slowed in the first half, as Massachusetts held possession for most of the initial frame and put 12 shots on goal. UMass also benefited from nine corners in the first, which produced both scores.
The Crimson (0-1) performance improved in the second half, but could not find the back of the cage. Harvard took four shots and gained two corners, while slowing the Minutewomen's offense to eight shots in the stanza.
UMass capped the scoring in the 69th minute on a goal from Izzie Delario.
Jenn Hatfield led the Harvard defense with nine saves. The senior made her third career start after appearing in two contests last season.
Freshman Marissa Balleza led the team with two shots.
The Crimson is back in action Sunday afternoon against Bryant in Harvard's home opener. The match at Jordan Field, which will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network, is slated for 1 p.m.