Pictured: Tassopoulos (left) recorded 11 saves for the fourth time this season, while Curtis (second from right) added a save of her own while the game was still scoreless (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J.—Fifth-ranked Princeton scored twice in the final five minutes of the first half and once in the second to pull away to a 4-0 win against the Harvard field hockey team Saturday afternoon at Class of '52 Stadium.
Kathleen Sharkey scored three goals, all in the first half, for the Tigers (11-3, 5-0 Ivy League). Harvard's Cynthia Tassopoulos made eight of her 11 saves in the first half to keep the Crimson in contention until Sharkey's scores late in the period. Tassopoulos became the first Ivy goalie to limit Princeton to fewer than six goals.
Four saves by Tassopoulos and a defensive save by Pilar Curtis kept the game scoreless early, but Sharkey gave Princeton the lead 15 minutes into the contest, with Rachel Neufeld assisting. The Tigers built the lead to 3-0 when Sharkey scored twice in less than three minutes before the break.
Michelle Cesan had the final tally about 12 minutes into the second half. Princeton owned shots advantages of 21-6 for the game and 6-4 in the second half. Christy Haughey, Mariah Pewarski and Chloe Keating each registered a pair of shots for Harvard (3-11, 1-4). Each team logged three second-half penalty corners, and Jennifer King made two second-half saves for the Tigers.
The defensive save was the second of the season for Curtis, and the 11 saves matched a season high for Tassopoulos.