UMass Hands Harvard Field Hockey First Loss, 3-0

AMHERST, Mass.—Massachusetts scored twice in the game's first 12 minutes and went on to a 3-0 win against the Harvard field hockey team, handing the Crimson its first defeat of the year, Saturday afternoon at Garber Field.

Cynthia Tassopoulos made 13 saves for the Crimson (2-1), and Carly McNeill added a defensive save. The Minutewomen (2-3) got goals from three different players and two saves from Alisha Widdall.

UMass jumped on top quickly, on Kim Young's second goal of the season at the 4:14 mark. Nicole Cordero doubled the lead just seven minutes later, converting after taking a long pass from Alyssa Ineson. Tassopoulos made 10 saves and McNeill blocked a Nikki Panciocco effort to keep the Minutewomen off the board the rest of the half despite 16 shots.

In the second half, UMass again struck in the first five minutes, when Panciocco redirected in a shot off a penalty corner. Shots by Harvard rookies Sydney Jenkins and Catriona McDonald forced saves by Widdall in the second half. The Minutewomen held a 26-5 shots advantage in the game.