Ivy Play Gets Going Saturday in New Haven
Tassopoulos has three wins in three collegiate starts (photo courtesy David Silverman).
The Harvard field hockey team looks to maintain its perfect record as it opens its Ivy League schedule by visiting rival Yale Saturday at 2 p.m.
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Kristin Bannon and Chloe Keating each recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Crimson to a 4-2 win against Bryant in Saturday's home opener, Harvard's third straight win to open the season.
Georgia McGillivray and Emma Keller also scored for the Crimson. Harvard held a 10-2 advantage in penalty corners and outshot Bryant, 21-7, but the Bulldogs fought to get within one goal before Keller's late score.
Cynthia Tassopoulos made three saves to remain unbeaten in the Crimson goal, while Kundayi Mawema made 10 stops to keep Bryant close. Bannon put Harvard on top for good in the final three minutes before halftime after Bryant had tied the score at 1-1.
Chloe Keating and Emma Keller were named Ivy League Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, after leading the Crimson to a pair of wins last week. Keating totaled three goals, including one game-winner, and three assists. She had a hand in each of Harvard's goals in a 4-1 win Wednesday against UC Davis and added a goal and an assist against Bryant. Keller scored twice against the Aggies and added another goal against the Bulldogs.
The Crimson is seeking its first 4-0 start since shutting out its first four opponents in 2005. Harvard scored four goals in each of its first three games for the first time in program history. The Crimson's sum of 12 goals matches its 2000 output for the second-highest three-game goal total to open a season. Harvard scored 16 goals in the first three contests of 1999.
Harvard has outshot its three opponents, 55-25, and owns a 28-12 aggregate edge in penalty corners. Chloe Keating leads the Crimson with 14 points, five goals and four assists, while Emma Keller ranks second on the squad with four goals and eight points. Keating's 14 points match her career total entering this season. Carly Dickson has three assists. Cynthia Tassopoulos owns a 3-0 record, .692 save percentage and 1.33 goals-against average.
Over the last five seasons, Harvard and Yale have alternated one-goal wins against each other, with Harvard winning three of those contests. The Crimson pulled out a 1-0 victory against the Bulldogs last season, when Carly Dickson converted a penalty stroke with about 10 minutes remaining for the game's lone tally. The 2007 and '08 matchups were both decided in double-overtime.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale (2-2) opened its season with a 7-1 defeat of Sacred Heart but suffered back-to-back 3-2, overtime losses to Northwestern and Maine before getting back on track with a 1-0 win Saturday against Colgate. Ashley McCauley scored the game-winner against the Raiders and leads the Yale offense with four goals and eight points. Katie Cantore has a team-high six assists. Charlotte Goins and Katie Bolling have split time in goal, with Bolling allowing three goals on six shots on frame and Goins surrendering four goals on 18 shots on goal.
The Crimson makes its second visit to the Nutmeg State in five days when it travels to Storrs, Conn., Wednesday to take on Connecticut.