Harvard field hockey fell to No. 2 UConn, 3-1 in its home opener despite an early goal by Kathleen Young. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking on one of the top teams in the nation in its home opener, No. 18 Harvard field hockey (2-2) fell, 3-1, to No. 2 UConn (5-0) on Sunday afternoon at Berylson Field.
Harvard's Kathleen Young scored the lone goal for the Crimson, helping the home team take a 1-0 lead just 3:24 into the contest. Young notched her second goal of the season, corralling a loose ball inside the circle and firing a low shot past UConn's Nina Klein to push Harvard ahead early.
But the Huskies took advantage of eight first half penalty corners, scoring all three goals off of corners late in the first half to take control of the contest. Amanda Collins tied the game on a deflection at 19:29. Minutes later, Barbara van den Hoogan deflected another shot by Margot van Hecking Colebrander into the net off a penalty corner at 21:59. UConn's Charlotte Veitner put in a rebound at 32:03 to push the lead to 3-1.
Harvard earned a penalty stroke with no time on the clock at the end of the half, but Hannah Pearce's shot went just wide of the net.
An evenly played second half yielded no goals for either team, as the Huskies held on for the victory.
Harvard goalkeeper Libby Manela made six saves in net in her second straight start for Harvard.
- Junior Kathleen Young has recorded points in three of Harvard's first four games (2G, A)
- The Crimson scored the first goal of the game for the first time since its season opener at UC Davis (W, 3-1, Sept. 1).
- Harvard has played three straight ranked opponents, and has seven goals for and seven goals against combined in those games.
- The Crimson is 6-3 in its last nine games at Berylson Field dating back to last season.
Harvard heads to Northeastern on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. before returning to Berylson Field to take on New Hampshire on Nov. 17 at 1 p.m..