Field Hockey Goes Toe-to-toe with No. 11 Boston College, But Falls, 1-0

Kyla Cordrey and the Crimson defense limited BC to just two shots on goal all game (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team (8-7) outshot No. 11 Boston College, 11-4, including seven attempts on net, but Kelcie Hromisin's goal 39 seconds into the game gave the Eagles a 1-0 victory Tuesday evening at Jordan Field.

Sophomore Marissa Balleza led the offensive onslaught for the Crimson, recording five of the team's 11 shot attempts.  Senior Noel Painter attempted two shots as well, while no BC attacker tallied more than one shot all contest.

In what would otherwise be a Harvard dominated contest, the Eagles got on the board just 39 seconds in when Emily McCoy found Hromisin right in front of the cage for the tap-in. The Crimson looked to bounce right back though, as Sarah Finnemore took the game's first penalty corner at 3:07, leading to a Balleza shot that BC goalkeeper Leah Settipane turned away.

Balleza had two more attempts in the early stages that were unable to find the back of the cage, with her first shot being stopped again by Settipane and the second being blocked away by heavy traffic in front of the cage.

Harvard kept the intensity up early in the second half, as Catriona McDonald launched a shot on goal 92 seconds into the period that was saved. The speed of the game through the second half picked up with both teams putting together aggressive attacks. The Crimson earned another quality scoring opportunity with just under seven minutes left, but Caitlin Rea's blast off a Painter corner was knocked away at the front of the cage.

Painter and Elizabeth Jacobson would both put shots on goal in the final minute of play, but Settipane kept her shutout intact for the Eagles' win.

Harvard heads to Dartmouth on Saturday, Nov. 1 for its final road game of the season. Face-off in Hanover, N.H. is set for 1 p.m.