Jenn Hatfield made 15 saves in her first career start (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team held a 1-0 lead with less than six minutes remaining, but Sacred Heart scored to force extra time and eventually scored the game-winner in the second overtime frame. Jenn Hatfield made 15 saves in her first career start and Caroline McNeill scored the lone Harvard goal.
After a scoreless first half, the Crimson gained a 1-0 advantage six minutes into the second half on McNeill's tally. Caitlin Rea received a pass on a penalty corner and dished it to McNeill, where she fired from the wing of the circle and found the back of the cage. The goal was McNeill's first of the season and second of her career.
Harvard's lead lasted for over 20 minutes, before Sacred Heart answered. Lindsay Kasten fired a shot from in front of the cage, Hatfield made a kick save, but the rebound went directly back to Kasten and she proceeded to tie the score.
In overtime, the Crimson had a number of opportunities on counter attacks but could not put a shot on target to test the Pioneer goalie. Sacred Heart's Mary Altepeter made two saves in the game, as Harvard was outshot 17-3. Seven of Hatfield's 15 saves came in the first overtime, as the junior kept the Crimson in the contest.
After a penalty corner, Liz Bergman ended the game with a goal into the lower right corner of the cage. Bergman received a pass at the top of the circle from Kasten on a penalty corner and fired from the middle. Harvard's Hatfield made a diving attempt at a save, but the ball sneaked through just inside the right edge.
Harvard is back in action next weekend at Providence (Sept. 8) before hosting No. 17 Boston College (Sept. 9).