Dina Sinno and the Crimson look for their second win of the season Sunday at Maine (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard field hockey (1-1) returns to action this Sunday, heading north to take on the Maine Black Bears (3-1) in a 1 p.m. matinee at the UMaine Field Hockey Complex. AmericaEast.TV will provide a live broadcast of the game HERE.
The Crimson is coming off a dominant performance on Labor Day against Bryant. Marissa Balleza notched her second career hat trick, while Ellie Cookson and Kathleen Young added second half goals in the 5-2 triumph.
Sunday's contest in Orono, Maine is just the third game of the season for Harvard after dropping its season opener on the road to Holy Cross. Through its first two games the Crimson is averaging 2.5 assists, ranking second in the Ancient Eight and 16th in the nation.
Dishing it Out
Senior Elizabeth Jacobson is leading the nation in assists per game entering the second weekend of the season. The Branchburg, New Jersey, native is averaging 1.5 helpers per game.
Knack for Scoring
Harvard's leading scorer each of the last two seasons, Marissa Balleza, is off to a fiery start. The junior is averaging two goals per game, good for third in the nation. Only Penn's Alexa Hoover and Connecticut's Charlotte Veitner are ahead of Balleza at 2.5 goals per game.
With 25 goals in her career, Balleza is tied for seventh in the Harvard career scoring record book with Mina Pell '04 and Kate Nagle '01.
Last Season's Meeting
The Crimson knocked off Maine for the first time in series history last year, winning 2-1, exactly a year-to-date of Sunday's game. The Black Bears had won the previous five meetings.
The Black Bears enter Friday with a 3-1 record and will travel to Providence for a 3 p.m. matchup before hosting Harvard on Sunday. Maine opened the year with three consecutive wins over La Salle, Holy Cross and Hofstra, but dropped its last outing, 2-1, in overtime to No. 19 Boston University.
Similar to the Crimson, Maine likes to pass the ball, ranking eighth in the nation and first in America East with 3.0 assists per game. Leading the charge and ranking second in the nation behind Jacobson is Maine's Jessica Skillings who is registering 1.25 helpers per game. Junior Sydney Veljacic is the Black Bears' leading scorer with four goals.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.