Harvard fell to 3-9 and 1-3 in the Ivy League with a 4-0 loss to Cornell Saturday (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard field hockey team dropped an Ivy League contest to Cornell, 4-0, at Jordan Field Saturday afternoon. Harvard could not find the back of the cage although the Crimson stayed even in penalty corners, 6-6, and had only three less shots than the Big Red, 15-12.
Cornell drew first blood at the 11:17 mark when Taylor Standiford scored off of a penalty corner. Hannah Belleza inserted the ball straight to Standiford, who fired past Harvard's Cynthia Tassopoulos for her first score of the year.
Although Cornell controlled the ball for much of the first 30 minutes, Harvard produced multiple scoring chances near the end of the first half. With 12 minutes left in the stanza it looked like the Crimson was going to have an opportunity to even the score. Molly Stansik flicked a pass inside the circle to Rachael Rosenfeld, who stood alone inside the arc, but the play was blown dead as a Harvard foul stopped the action. The Crimson would then take the last three shots of the half over the last six minutes, including attempts from Caitlin Rea and Sydney Jenkins on goal, but failed to tie the game.
Cornell's Belleza, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, proceeded to carry the Big Red to a 3-0 lead midway through the second half. The junior scored Cornell's next two goals, one on a scramble in the middle and another after Kat DiPastina dished from the baseline, to pull away from Harvard.
Harvard's offensive control improved in the second frame, as the Crimson took more shots, 9-8, and gained more corners, 4-2, than the Big Red. Elizabeth Jacobson, Bridget McGillivray and Caroline McNeil put shots between the posts over the last 35 minutes, but Cornell's Carolyn Horner came up with a save in each instance.
Kelly Stefanowicz gave the Big Red its fourth score directly off of a penalty corner with nine minutes remaining in the game. Cornell pushed its winning streak to five games with the win.
Tassopoulos made four saves in the cage for the Crimson.
The Crimson is on the road for its next three matches before returning home for Senior Day vs. Columbia Nov. 3. Harvard travels to Princeton Oct. 20, Dartmouth Oct. 27 and Vermont Oct. 28.