Kathleen Young had four shots Sunday (Gil Talbot).
AMHERST, Mass. – Senior Marissa Balleza scored her third goal of the season, but the Harvard field hockey team (2-4) fell to UMass, 3-1, Sunday.
Olivia Startup made five saves in goal for the Crimson. Kathleen Young led Harvard with four shots, with Bente van Vlijmen producing three. The Minutewomen held a slight edge at the final horn in shots, 11-10.
UMass held a 1-0 lead at the half as Melanie Kreusch's penalty stroke goal was the only scoring of the opening 35 minutes of action. Less than five minutes into the second half, Balleza made a strong defensive play to steal the ball in the middle of the UMass zone, dribbled into the circle and beat goaltender to the right side to even the score at 1-1.
The score remained knotted until the 52nd minute when Sarah Hawkshaw put UMass back ahead with a shot that deflected off Startup's leg pad and slipped into the cage. Kreusch's second goal of the day four minutes later gave UMass all it needed to take the win.
Harvard is back in action Friday night when it begins Ivy League play by hosting rival Yale at Berylson Family Field Hockey Field at 7 p.m.