Jacobson and the Crimson finish 2013 on a high note with the 2-1 win over Ivy League rival Columbia. (Gil Talbot)
NEW YORK – Sophomore Elizabeth Jacobson notched two goals, including the game winner in overtime, to give the Harvard field hockey team a thrilling 2-1 win over Columbia to close out the regular season. With the win, the Crimson finish 2013 with an 8-9 overall record and a 2-5 record in Ivy League play.
Harvard racked up eight shots in the second half and overtime to overcome the Lions, who took a lead late in the second half after reeling off 10 shots in the frame. In the cage for the Crimson, senior Jenn Hatfield steered away five shots in the victory.
Columbia started things off on a torrid pace, collecting 11 penalty corners and taking aim 10 times in Hatfield's direction. After a fair amount of back-and-forth action between the two squads, Columbia finally converted on one of its chances as Lauren Skudalski banked a shot off a Crimson defender and into the goal to give the Lions a 1-0 lead as the first half came to a close.
The Crimson nearly tied things up after an early penalty corner in the second half was stifled by Lindsey Walter, as the Lion defender collected a defensive save after a Elizabeth Warner shot. With the minutes ticking away and both goaltenders racking up saves, Harvard finally found the back of the net at the 65 minute mark after Jacobson and Catriona McDonald took advantage of a 2-on-1, beating Kimberly Pianucci on the left side to tie things up.
Not two minutes into the extra frame, Harvard's third overtime of the season, Jacobson found the back of the cage for the winning score. Freshman Marissa Balleza faked a shot on a 3-on-1 advantage, passing to Jacobson who pushed it home.
The Crimson close 2013 out on a high note, going 3-1 in the final four contests to finish with eight wins, its best output since 2011.