Vermont’s Overtime Penalty-Stroke Goal Clips Field Hockey, 2-1

Vermont’s Overtime Penalty-Stroke Goal Clips Field Hockey, 2-1

Rachael Rosenfeld evened the score for Harvard against Vermont Sunday afternoon (photo Gil Talbot).

Rachael Rosenfeld tied the score, 1-1, in the second half, but the Harvard field hockey team could not find a golden goal in overtime, as the Crimson fell at Vermont, 2-1, Sunday afternoon. The tally was the third of the year for Rosenfeld, the second most on the squad.

Vermont pulled ahead nine minutes into the contest with a goal from Molly Higgins. The freshman deflected a shot form Sally Snickenberger past Harvard goalie Cynthia Tassopoulos for her first goal of the season.

Harvard thought it had evened the score with 2:36 left in the first half, but the goal was waved off. Sydney Jenkins split two defenders and passed to Kailtin Wahl on the baseline. Wahl quickly moved the ball back to Jenkins, who fired it towards the cage from the right wing of the circle. The shot bounced past Vermont's goalie, Stephanie Zygmunt, and to Madison Jung on the back post. Jung tipped in the shot, but the referees said the ball had hit a Crimson player's foot resulting in a foul before the goal was scored.

The Crimson had six shots in the first 35 minutes, while holding Vermont to three. Harvard also held the advantage in penalty corners, 3-1, but trailed 1-0 entering halftime.

Harvard was able to tie the score at the 43-minute mark in the second half. Rosenfeld fired from five feet away from the cage in the middle of the circle and beat the Vermont goalie for an unassisted goal.

Throughout the second half, Harvard weathered nine Catamount shots and a pair of man-down situations because of a green and yellow card to hold Vermont scoreless in the stanza. Tassopoulos came up with four big saves in the frame, totaling five in the game, to keep the score knotted.

Harvard had an opportunity to win the game in regulation after gaining a penalty corner with 30 seconds remaining. The Crimson inserted the ball to Caitlin Rea at the top, but the sophomore's last second shot was denied by a diving Zygmunt.

Another green card by the Crimson in the second minute of overtime gave Vermont an advantage. Once again, Harvard was able to play through the penalty, as Vermont failed to get a shot while playing with an extra player for two minutes.

The Crimson's penalties finally proved costly in the 75th minute of action. A foul in the circle granted the Catamounts a penalty stroke and Angie DeBellis lifted the ball into the left side of the cage to end the game.

Five Harvard seniors will be honored in the Crimson's next matchup, the last of the regular season. A pregame ceremony is planned for Tassopoulos, Wahl, Kim Goh, Emma Keller and Emily Stansik before Harvard takes on Columbia at Jordan Field Nov. 3. The game is slated for a noon start.