Field Hockey Smothers Holy Cross in 4-0 Victory

Catriona McDonald assisted on Harvard's first goal Sunday.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Hannah Wellington scored the first two goals of her collegiate career, leading the Harvard field hockey team to a 4-0 triumph over visiting Holy Cross Sunday at Jordan Field. Seniors Kaitlyn Boudah and Caitlin Rea also recorded their first goals of the season in the victory.

Harvard pressured the Crusaders throughout the contest, not allowing a single shot on net the entire game. The Crimson racked up 16 shots in the first half and finished the game with a 24-6 shot margin, as well as a 10-2 penalty corner advantage.

Boudah began the scoring for Harvard less than 10 minutes in, slapping home a nice feed from Catriona McDonald. The Crimson added to the lead minutes later, as Wellington planted her first score in the back of the cage. Swift passing between Sarah Finnemore and Kyla Cordrey set up an open Wellington at the top of the circle, where she collected the ball and drove to the net, firing a shot in the lower right corner.

The 23rd minute saw Harvard increase its lead to 3-0, as Wellington again found her scoring touch. Showing exceptional ball control, Wellington weaved past multiple defenders inside the circle before blasting a shot into the lower left corner.

Rea contributed the fourth Crimson goal late in the second half, as Harvard executed a penalty corner to perfection. Noel Painter fed Madison Jung at the top of the circle, who made a nice touch pass to set up Rea for a power shot past the Holy Cross goalkeeper.

Holy Cross had one final attempt to get on the board off a penalty in the 67th minute, but the stifling Crimson defense again thwarted the Crusaders' effort, forcing the shot wide.

Harvard returns to action next weekend, heading to the Catamount Classic at the University of Vermont, where they will face Maine on Saturday, Sept. 13 and the host Catamounts on Sunday, Sept. 14. Both games are set for 2:30 p.m. starts.