The Class of 2013 will play its final game at Jordan Field Saturday (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team plays its final regular season game of the year Saturday when Columbia visits Jordan Field. The Crimson will honor five seniors, who will be playing in their final collegiate game, before the contest.
The Crimson (3-12, 1-5 Ivy League) is looking for its second Ivy League win of the year with its first coming at Brown Sept. 29. A pair of sophomores lead the Crimson in scoring as Noel Painter (10 points) and Caitlin Rea (six points) rank first and tied for second on the team, respectively. Painter has found the back of the cage four times and added two assists, while Rea has one goal and the team lead in helpers with four. Senior Emma Keller has also totaled six points after assisting on a Caroline Code score at Dartmouth Oct. 27.
The Class of 2013
This year's senior class will be recognized with a pregame ceremony before Saturday's game. Co-captains Cynthia Tassopoulos and Kim Goh will be honored with classmates Emma Keller, Molly Stansik and Kaitlin Wahl.
Last Time Out
The Crimson played a tight match at Vermont Oct. 28, but eventually fell, 2-1, in overtime. Harvard evened the score in the second half with a Rachael Rosenfeld goal after the Catamounts had taken a 1-0 lead through the first 35 minutes. Vermont won the game with a penalty-stroke goal five minutes into the extra frame.
D the Key
In each of Harvard's three wins this season the team's defense has been the driving reason for success. The Crimson has produced two shutouts, versus Holy Cross and Brown, while allowing 0.33 goals per game in wins. Harvard boasts a .955 save percentage during victories. Among Ivy League teams, the Crimson ranks fourth in goals allowed.
In The Rankings
Cynthia Tassopoulos has climbed into the top ten in the NCAA in saves per game and also ranks among the nation's elite in save percentage. The co-captain is seventh with 7.92 saves per contest and 26th in save percentage with a .741 mark.
On the Harvard charts, Tassopoulos ranks third in the history of the program in saves. Last week she became just the third Harvard goalie to eclipse the 500-save mark.
Columbia (8-7, 3-3 Ivy League) sits in third place of the Ivy League but has lost three straight games, including matches against conference foes Dartmouth and Yale. The Lions are paced by senior Gabby Kozlowski's nine goals. Junior Liz Malone has contributed eight scores, while senior Paige Simmons and senior Bridget DeSandis have chipped in 10 assists apiece. DeSandis' twin sister, Katie, is second on the team in points with 18 (5 goals, 8 assists). Columbia has used five goalies this season with senior Christie O'Hara getting the majority of minutes. O'Hara is 7-6 this season while maintaining a 2.62 goals against average and making .761 percent of saves. The Lions play at Rutgers in their season finale tomorrow afternoon.
Harvard won the first 10 matchups in the all-time series against Columbia, which began in 1997, but has dropped five straight since. The Crimson's last win in the series came in 2006. Columbia is one of five Ivy League teams that Harvard owns a winning record against (10-5). The Crimson is also over .500 against Brown, Cornell, Penn and Yale.