Field Hockey Records Second Consecutive Shutout, Downs Colgate, 3-0

Victoria Boylett and the Crimson shutout Colgate, 3-0, Sunday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a dominant offensive performance, Harvard field hockey (3-2) posted a 32-3 shot advantage over visiting Colgate (0-8) on its way to a 3-0 shutout Sunday at the Harvard Field Hockey Stadium. Elizabeth Jacobson racked up five points for Harvard with a pair of goals and an assist, while Marissa Balleza scored her fifth of the year.

"I'm very happy with the win," said head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden. "I think the team played pretty well and we got the three goals which was great. Our defense played pretty well not giving anything up and with two wins on the weekend and a 3-2 record right now I'm pretty happy with that."

The shutout was the second in a row for the Crimson, with senior Issy Davies manning the net in the first half without facing a shot, while sophomore Olivia Startup played the second half and made two stops. On the other side of the field, Maria Krull made 17 saves for the Raiders.

Harvard needed just 82 seconds to get on the board, with Jacobson scoring her first of the day. Balleza fired an initial shot that Krull was able to stop, but the rebound found the stick of Jacobson right in front of the cage for the easy goal.

Good passing led to Harvard's second goal at the 8:59 mark. Inside the arc, Jacobson collected the ball after a deflection and slid it across the front of the net to Balleza near the right post for the tip-in goal. With her fifth of the season, Balleza moves into sole possession of seventh on the career scoring list for Harvard with 26 in less than three seasons.

The Crimson's attack was unrelenting throughout the game, but did not add its third tally until the 59th minute when Jacobson converted on another rebound, this time cleaning up Kathleen Young's initial shot.

Two road games await Harvard next weekend, beginning with the Ivy League opener at Yale Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. The next day, Harvard visits UMass Lowell at 3 p.m.