Painter, Rea Lead Field Hockey Past Dartmouth, 3-1

Painter, Rea Lead Field Hockey Past Dartmouth, 3-1

Noel Painter recorded four points to lead Harvard past Dartmouth (Gil Talbot).

HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard field hockey team (9-7, 3-3 Ivy) pulled away from the Dartmouth Big Green (5-10, 3-3 Ivy) with three second half goals, including two from Caitlin Rea, to secure a 3-1 victory on the road Saturday.

With nine wins this season, the Crimson is assured to finish the regular season above .500 for the first time since 2004 when it posted an 11-7 record.

Harvard's offense, which had been held in check over the last three contests, exploded for 24 shots and 11 penalty corners. Conversely, Dartmouth took just 14 shots and attempted nine corners.

Leading the way in the individual shot department for the Crimson was senior Noel Painter. Of the five shots she attempted, three went on goal, including Harvard's first goal of the game early in the second half. Painter was in the right spot in the 41st minute, jamming home a rebound off a Hannah Wellington shot to give Harvard a 1-0 advantage.

Dartmouth knotted the game at 1-1 four minutes later, when Brooke Van Valkenburg scored off a penalty corner. The tie was short-lived though, as the Crimson turned the field and scored on its own corner play less than one minute later. Painter and Ellie Cookson set Rea up for a strong blast that found the bottom corner of the net for a 2-1 Crimson lead.

Rea added the insurance tally in the 68th minute, once again off a corner attempt. Painter picked up her fourth point of the contest with another assist, taking the penalty corner, and Marissa Balleza set the ball for Rea to fire another into the back of the cage.

Issy Davies made four saves in the cage for Harvard and maintains a 9-7 record this season as the Crimson's starting keeper in each game.

Harvard concludes the 2014 season next Saturday, Nov. 8, hosting Columbia to Jordan Field on Senior Day.