Katelin Wahl had two of Harvard's four shots on Saturday afternoon (Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard field hockey team kept No. 2 Princeton in check for the first 25 minutes Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers used an offensive surge to pull away and win, 7-0, at Bedford Field.
Harvard senior goaltender Cynthia Tassopoulos made 10 of her season-high 15 saves in the first 27 minutes of the contest to keep the Crimson (3-10, 1-4) within striking distance of the Tigers (12-1, 5-0), who got on the board 6:06 into the game on a goal by Katie Reinprecht.
After keeping Princeton at bay for over 20 minutes following the initial goal, Princeton broke through and netted three goals in a seven-minute span as Michelle Cesan scored two goals and Maddie Copeland tallied one to increase the lead to four heading into halftime.
The Tigers increased their advantage to 5-0 on a penalty corner goal by Teresa Benvenuti following the intermission before Harvard's best scoring opportunity came 56:19 into the game.
Katelin Wahl got two shots on net in a short span, the first one was saved and the second was blocked to draw a penalty corner. Wahl injected the ball on the penalty corner, and Elizabeth Jacobson was able to get a shot on net, but Gersoff was there for another save to keep the Crimson off the board.
Princeton would take back control from there, getting goals from Benvenuti at the 65:50 mark and Amanda Bird at 68:49, to create the final margin.
Harvard finished the game with four shots, including the two by Wahl.
The Crimson returns to action Oct. 27 at Dartmouth.