Rachael Rosenfeld tallied a second-half goal for Harvard Sunday afternoon (photo Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Rachael Rosenfeld scored her second goal of the year to give the Harvard field hockey team a chance to tie Bucknell in the second half, but the Bison ultimately finished off the Crimson, 3-1, at Jordan Field Sunday.
Bucknell opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a tally from Kelly Stefanowicz directly off of a penalty corner. Maggie Murphy and Kelsey Mucelli assisted on the play to put the Crimson in an early 1-0 hole.
Harvard and Bucknell played a tight match through the first 35 minutes, but the Crimson could not get on the board. Harvard had the shots even at seven, before the Bison took the last two attempts of the first stanza. The last Bucknell shot proved costly for Harvard, as Leigh Hillman snuck a shot past the Crimson's Cynthia Tassopoulos with only 16 seconds remaining before halftime. The score was under dispute initially because Harvard had committed a foul that would have resulted in a Bucknell penalty corner, but the refs allowed play to continue and Hillman made the decision pay off for the Bison.
The Crimson showed a sense of urgency in the second half, which resulted in a pair of near misses. Harvard found the cage post twice in the matter of minutes in the middle of the frame. First, Elizabeth Jacobson fired from the wing and past the outstretched legs of Bucknell's goalie, Erica Perrine, but the ball drilled the right post. A few possessions later, Bucknell committed a foul in the circle that resulted in a penalty stroke being awarded to the Crimson. Kim Goh lifted the ensuing stroke over Perrine's stick to the left side of the cage, but once again the post denied Harvard from cutting into Bucknell's lead.
The Crimson charge finally resulted in a goal when Rosenfeld found the back of the cage. Sydney Jenkins sent a bouncing ball into the circle from outside of the 25-yard line into the middle. Rosenfeld stepped in front of Perrine and tipped the pass past the approaching cage-minder.
With Harvard's momentum building, Bucknell ended the possibility of a Crimson comeback with another penalty corner goal. Stefanowicz connected on the score again and Murphy and Mucelli tallied their second assists with 3:31 remaining.
The Bison ended up with the advantage in shots, 19-13, and penalty corners, 12-6. Tassopoulos made seven saves in the cage for the Crimson.
Harvard will re-enter Ivy League play when Cornell visits Cambridge Oct. 13. The noon contest will mark the fourth straight home game for the Crimson.