Harvard field hockey improved to 2-0 on the season with a win at No. 25 Pacific. (Gil Talbot)
STOCKTON, Calif. – Freshman Hannah Pearce scored her twice, her first collegiate goals, and the 20th-ranked Harvard field hockey team put in another solid defensive performance in 100-degree heat on route to a 5-3 win over No. 25 Pacific.
Mimi Tarrant and Maddie Earle added first half goals for Harvard, which led 3-1 at the half, then withstood a late flurry by the host Tigers, sealing the win on Bente van Vlijmen's goal with 1:19 to play to put Harvard back ahead by two goals at 5-3.
Senior goalkeeper Olivia Startup earned her second straight win, making five saves, including four in the first half to help Harvard maintain its early lead.
Shots and shots on goal were even at 15-15 and 10-10 respectively, with each team earning six penalty corners as well.
- Mimi Tarrant scored for the second straight game, getting Harvard's first goal of the contest at 15:10 of the first half. Maddie Earle (19:33) scored on a scramble in front of the net minutes later. Pearce notched her first goal of the game with :53 left in the half to put Harvard up 3-1.
- Pearce put Harvard ahead 4-1 midway through the second half (10:03 to play) before two goals by Pacific in a four-minute span made it a 4-3 game with 2:38 to play.
- Senior Ellie Cookson, who led Harvard with 10 assists in 2016, recorded her first two of the season against Pacific.
- Harvard starts the season 2-0 for the second time in the tenure of Tjerk van Herwaarden.
- This was the third meeting between Harvard and Pacific and Crimson now leads the all-time series 3-0. Harvard won the game played at Berylson Family Field in double overtime last season (W, 2-1, 9/8/16).
Harvard concludes its California trip at No. 13 Stanford (Sept. 2, 3:00 p.m. ET) on Labor Day. The game can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.