Field Hockey Hosts Local Foe Northeastern Wednesday


Northeastern at Harvard
Wednesday, Sept. 24
6 p.m.
Jordan Field
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Scott Sudikoff, Bill Spaulding
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Freshman Hannah Wellington is third on the team with seven points (Photo: Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Local rival Northeastern makes the short trip to Jordan Field on Wednesday, Sept. 24 to take on the undefeated Harvard field hockey team at 6 p.m. Harvard enters the matchup with a 5-0 mark, while Northeastern rebounded from two losses to begin the season to stand at 5-2 after reeling off five straight wins since.

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About Harvard
The Crimson finds itself in a position that it has not been in since the 1976 campaign, starting the season 5-0. With a victory Wednesday, the 2014 Crimson would match the 1976 team for the best start in program history at 6-0.

Strong offensive showings have bolstered the Crimson to its unblemished record. With an average of 3.2 assists per contest, Harvard ranks fifth in the nation, while its 9.2 points per game mark ranks 10th. Freshman Ellie Cookson leads the individual charge, posting a 1.2 assist per game average, which ranks as the fourth-best mark across all of Division I field hockey. Harvard's aggressiveness has also led to an average of 8.8 penalty corners per game, ranking fourth nationally.

Not to be overshadowed, the Harvard defense and goalkeeping has excelled. Manning the cage, junior Issy Davies has been exemplary in her first year as a starter, recording a 0.99 goals-against average to rank 10th in the nation. Combined, the entire team effort is paying off with Harvard scoring 1.95 more goals than its opponents, the 10th-largest margin.

Ivy League Honor Roll
For the second straight week, freshman Ellie Cookson earned a spot on the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll. The Oakville, Ontario, native tallied two helpers in a 4-1 win over Yale, giving her six assists this year, third most in the Ancient Eight. Joining her this week was sophomore Marissa Balleza, whose second half goal against the Elis proved to be the game-winner.

Weekly Ivy League Honors
Sept. 9  - Noel Painter – Honor Roll
Sept. 16 – Ellie Cookson, Issy Davies – Honor Roll
Sept. 23 – Marissa Balleza, Ellie Cookson – Honor Roll 

History in the Making
The 2014 Crimson will look to join the 1976 team as the only two Harvard field hockey teams to begin a season 6-0 Wednesday evening. Harvard trumped Yale over the weekend, 4-1, to improve to 5-0, as well as remaining the lone unbeaten squad in the Ivy League. With six assists this season, rookie Ellie Cookson is just two shy of entering the top 10 list for assists in a single year.

Series History: Northeastern
Harvard trails the Huskies in the all-time series, 14-26, but it was the Crimson that came away victorious last season. In a defensive battle, Jenn Hatfield '14 made seven stops in goal, while sophomore forward Marissa Balleza flipped in the game's only goal with four minutes remaining, pushing Harvard to a 1-0 win.

About The Huskies
After opening the year with losses to Temple and then No. 1 Maryland, Northeastern has won its last five contests, including shutouts of Dartmouth and Monmouth. The last time out, sophomore Emma Lamison scored twice, including the game-winner in the 66th minute to clinch a 2-1 victory over UMass.

Lamison paces the Northeastern attack with 10 points on three goals and four assists. Natalie Stewart has recorded a team-high five helpers and is second on the team with nine points. Sophomore Becky Garner has been in goal for all seven games this season, posting a .708 save percentage while allowing 2.01 goals per game.