Field Hockey Edges Dartmouth on Senior Day, 4-1

Harvard seniors tally victory on senior day (Athletic Communcations).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard field hockey surpassed Dartmouth in its last home contest, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Harvard Field Hockey Stadium before honoring the Crimson's five graduating seniors. The win places Harvard fourth in Ancient Eight standings with an overall record of 8-7, 3-3 Ivy, while Dartmouth drops to 6-9 overall and 2-4 in Ivy play.

Harvard came out firing, outshooting Dartmouth 23-9 and doubling its opponent's penalty corners 8-4. Elizabeth Jacobson recorded her 10th and 11th goals in the victory placing her tied for eighth all-time in season goals with Jennifer White '83 and Sandra Whyte '92.

Early in the first period, the Crimson defense controlled the pace of the game as it kept the Big Green at midfield for most of the first half. Freshman Kathleen Young found sophomore Hannah Wellington in front of the left side of the net to obtain Harvard's first tally of the contest.

Fourteen minutes later, Big Green senior Brooke Van Valkenburg set-up classmate Eliza Becker for her fourth score on the season tying the game at 1-1.

With the score knotted at the start of the second half, Harvard came out firing as it tested Dartmouth's defense with its fifth penalty corner. The Crimson would not go down without a fight as Marissa Belleza tipped the ball to Jacobson who was in front of the net for a 2-1 lead only 1:35 into the second period.  

Harvard's 6-1 shooting advantage after Jacobson's goal assisted them as they pressured Dartmouth's defense before Marissa Balleza found the back of the mesh from Young for her 12th goal of the season. The Crimson continued to pressure as it made the score 3-1. Balleza's goal moves her to up in career goals, tying her for second in scoring all-time with 33 along with Shelley Maasdorp '05 and Kate Martin '83.

Less than eight minutes until the end of the game, senior Dina Sinno would place the ball to Jacobson on the left side of the arch giving the Crimson the 4-1 win. Belleza and Jacobson also climb the record books after today's win with 77 and 62 points, respectively.  

Concluding the triumph, Harvard recognized its five graduating seniors: No. 2 Dina Sinno, No. 9 Caroline Code, No. 10 Elizabeth Jacobson, No. 21  Issy Davies and No. 28 Madison Jung.

The Crimson will take on non-conference opponent No. 12 Boston College in a 3 p.m. matchup tomorrow afternoon.