Unbeaten Field Hockey Opens Ivy Play at Home Against Yale Saturday


Yale at Harvard
Saturday, Sept. 20
1 p.m.
Jordan Field
Ivy League Digital Network
Nick Koop, Bill Spaulding
Live Stats

Issy Davies is 4-0 in her first year as the starting goalkeeper for Harvard field hockey. (Photo: Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team returns to the friendly confines of Jordan Field this weekend, opening up the Ivy League portion of its schedule with a visit from the Yale Bulldogs on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. The Crimson enters the matchup atop the conference standings at 4-0, while Yale is 1-3.

Fall Student Rewards
The Harvard field hockey game against Yale is also a Student Rewards Featured game! Undergraduates are encouraged to check in at the game with the new CrimZone Rewards app (available on iTunes, Android and Mobile Web) to get a free giveaway item AND rewards points! All students who reach 250 points will be automatically entered into the raffle for the fall grand prize of an Apple Prize Pack valued at over $1,300!

Ivy League Digital Network
After an incredibly successful inaugural year that saw over 1,000 events streamed live, the Ivy League Digital Network has returned for 2014-15, providing fans with unprecedented coverage of the Ivy League.

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Social Stream
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About Harvard
The Crimson is off to an exceptional start to the 2014 season, beginning the year 4-0 for the first time since 2005. Following home wins over Bryant and Holy Cross, Harvard travelled to Vermont last weekend to compete in the Catamount Classic. Harvard returned home with two more victories, topping Maine and the host Catamounts, both by 2-1 scores.

The trio of Kyla Cordrey, Ellie Cookson and Issy Davies each earned a spot on the Catamount Classic All-Tournament Team for their standout play. Cordrey helped anchor a stout defensive effort in front of Davies, who made a career-high nine saves against Maine. Cookson led the offensive production, assisting on both goals against the Black Bears and then netting the game-winner in overtime against Vermont.

Cookson, a sophomore from Oakville, Ontario, is one of three players with six points this season. Freshman Hannah Wellington has three goals, while senior Noel Painter has two strikes and two assists. Sophomore Marissa Balleza paces the Crimson offense with three goals and a helper, good for seven points. Davies has earned all four wins in goal, averaging less than one goal against at 0.99.

Ivy League Honor Roll
After being selected to the Catamount Classic All-Tournament Team, Ellie Cookson and Issy Davies were each recognized by the Ivy League with a spot on the Weekly Honor Roll for the week of Sept. 16.

Weekly Ivy League Honors
Sept. 9  - Noel Painter – Honor Roll
Sept. 16 – Ellie Cookson, Issy Davies – Honor Roll

Starting Strong
Harvard is 4-0 to start a season for the first time since 2005. The Crimson last started a season unbeaten through the first five games of the year in 1982 when it went 4-0-1. The 1976 campaign, the third year of the Harvard field hockey program, is the only year the Crimson began at 5-0. That year, Harvard started 6-0 before a mid-October loss at Princeton.

Series History: Yale
The series between Ivy League rivals dates back to 1974, with the Crimson holding a 20-15-7 advantage over the Elis. Yale was able to close the differential in the series record with four straight wins from 2009-12, but Harvard halted the Bulldogs success with a 3-2 victory in New Haven last season. In last year's meeting, seniors Noel Painter, Kaitlyn Boudah and sophomore Marissa Balleza collected goals for the Crimson.

About The Bulldogs
Yale is 1-3 after two weeks of the season. Playing all four contests at home, the Bulldogs kicked off the year with back-to-back one-goal losses to Hofstra and Sacred Heart. Yale notched its first win of the year last Saturday, as junior Danee Fitzgerald scored the only goal in a 1-0, overtime win versus Quinnipiac. The following afternoon, the Cal Bears dispatched the Elis, 3-1.

Offensive production has been at a minimum for Yale, as five players each have one goal on the year, giving no single student-athlete more than two points. Senior Heather Schlesier has started all four games in the cage, recording a 1.94 GAA and a .789 save percentage.

Fresh Faces
Harvard's roster features five freshmen, representing three states (Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire), as well as two Canadian territories (Ontario and British Columbia). Ellie Cookson and Hannah Wellington are additions at midfield, Emily Ott can transition between forward and midfield, Jill Detrick-Yee will see time as a back, while Olivia Startup comes aboard as a goalkeeper.

Filling the Stat Sheet
The Crimson returns its top four point scorers from a season ago that accounted for 67 of Harvard's 96 points in 2013. Sophomore Marissa Balleza led all players with 28 points last year, while Elizabeth Jacobson tallied 16, Noel Painter collected 15 and Sarah Finnemore contributed eight.