Dartmouth Edges Harvard Field Hockey, 1-0
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Maya Herm scored the game's lone goal in the second half to lift Dartmouth to a 1-0 win against the Harvard field hockey team Saturday afternoon at rainy, windy Jordan Field.
With the win, the Big Green (9-7, 4-2 Ivy League) keeps pace in the Ivy League race, one game behind league-leading Yale. Harvard (8-7, 3-3) falls to .500 in the Ancient Eight with just Sunday's Senior Day game against No. 10 New Hampshire and Friday's Ivy clash at Columbia remaining on the schedule.
Cynthia Tassopoulos made nine saves, including seven to keep the Big Green (9-7) off the board in the first half, while Jenna Stearns earned a four-save shutout. Georgia McGillivray and Carly McNeill aided the Crimson defensive effort with three pass interceptions each.
Herm scored nearly 15 minutes into the second half. She tracked down a long ball from Liz Blanken in the left corner, dribbled back toward the middle and slipped a shot by Tassopoulos. Dartmouth outshot Harvard, 21-9.
Neither team scored in the first half. Tassopoulos was there to stop every Dartmouth chance, including good opportunities for Blanken and Kelly Hood off consecutive penalty corners in the final two minutes of the period. Harvard had two good chances in the half. Early on, Noel Painter got behind the defense, but Stearns came out to stop her near the top of the circle. Later, Catriona McDonald dribbled through to the circle, but her shot from the right went just wide of the cage.
Harvard held a 7-6 edge in shots and a 3-2 advantage in penalty corners in the second half. The Crimson had a great chance to tie late in the game, when Painter redirected a ball in from the right side, but Stearns got enough of the ball to keep it out of the cage and away from the Harvard player waiting in front of the left post.