Field Hockey Rallies for 2-1 Shootout Victory at Yale

Field Hockey Rallies for 2-1 Shootout Victory at Yale

Elizabeth Jacobson scored twice in the shootout to seal the victory for Harvard (Gil Talbot).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It took 100 minutes of play, seven rounds of shootout action and two shootout goals by Elizabeth Jacobson, but the Harvard field hockey team (4-2, 1-0 Ivy) walked out of New Haven, Connecticut with a 2-1 victory over rival Yale (2-4, 0-1 Ivy) Saturday.

"We played a really good game, unfortunately we weren't able to showcase it in goals, but the shot advantage showed our edge today," said head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden. "We stayed controlled in the backfield and I'm pleased with our entire team effort today in the win."

That shot advantage that van Herwaarden referenced favored the Crimson, 33-9 overall and included an 8-3 edge in the two extra frames. Harvard also doubled-up Yale in penalty corners, taking eight to the Bulldogs' four.

Although the Crimson prevailed in the end, it had to overcome a deficit due to Yale's Noelle Villa scoring in the 14th minute. The Bulldogs held the lead until the 48th minute when Harvard's leading scorer, junior Marissa Balleza, came through with her sixth strike of the season. Freshman Kathleen Young notched an assist on Balleza's goal.

Harvard had the last scoring opportunity of regulation off a penalty corner, but Jacobson's shot attempt was blocked in the final seconds. The Crimson continued to pressure the Bulldogs' defense in the two overtime periods, placing eight shots on net, but Emilie Katz came up with each save for Yale.

In the shootout, Jacobson put Harvard in front early with a goal in the second round. Yale was able to even things up in the fourth round when Marissa Medici found the back of the cage. The fifth and final round of the initial shootout passed without either team scoring, sending the team's to a golden-goal scenario.

After another round without a goal for either side, Jacobson stuck again in the seventh round to put Harvard ahead once again. The final Yale shooter sent her attempt wide to clinch the win for the Crimson.

Harvard will head back on the road tomorrow, heading north to UMass Lowell for a 3 p.m. contest.