Tassopoulos (20) and the Harvard defense held the Bulldogs scoreles for more than 66 minutes.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Mia Rosati scored the game's only goal with less than four minutes remaining to lift Yale to a 1-0 victory against the Harvard field hockey team in the Ivy League opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field.
After Harvard blocked a Yale penalty corner, the ball deflected to the Bulldogs' Georgia Holland dribbled toward the left post and then fired the ball across the face of the goal. Rosetti collected it on the right side of the goal and pushed it through a crowd of players just over the line for the winning tally with 3:18 showing on the game clock.
Cynthia Tassopoulos made six saves for Harvard (2-4, 0-1 Ivy League), including five in the exciting second half. Emily Cain registered two key stops for the Bulldogs (4-1, 1-0) after the break. Yale held a 17-5 shots advantage. It was the seventh straight Harvard-Yale game to be decided by a single goal and the second straight at Jordan to end in a 1-0 score.
Most of the first-half action took place in the midfield, with Yale recording five shots and Harvard logging two, both off the stick of Carly Dickson. The Bulldogs threatened on a late corner, but Pilar Curtis was there in front of the right post to deflect an Erin Carter shot wide.
The action picked up quickly after halftime, as Harvard's Katelin Wahl ripped a reverse chip over the crossbar in the opening minute. Tassopoulos then notched a pair of saves, one on a corner shot by Taylor Sankovich and another on a breakaway down the right side by Rosati. She lifted her left pad in the air to stop a shot by Carter off a corner about nine minutes into the half, and soon after that, Cain stopped a shot by Dickson off a corner.
Rachael Rosenfeld had the best shot to put the Crimson on top with 18 minutes left. Chloe Keating intercepted a Yale pass at midfield and then set up the rookie for a chance from the left side. Rosenfeld wound up and got off a hard shot, but Cain got just enough of a deflection to send the ball wide of the right post. Tassopoulos countered seven minutes later with an outstanding stop on Carter from the middle of the circle following a corner.