No. 18 Harvard improved to 3-0 at home this season with today's win over UMass. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Natalie Sicher recorded her first career hat trick to help No. 18 Harvard field hockey (5-1) earn a 4-0 win over Massachusetts (3-5) at Berylson Field on Sunday afternoon.
Freshman Kiley Allen added her first career goal, plus a first half assist, and freshman goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo earned her first career win, as the Crimson improved to 3-0 in games at Berylson Field.
Sicher scored her first goal of the season in the opening 10 minutes on a short rebound just inside the left post at 9:28. Just over 10 minutes later, Sicher scored a beautiful goal off a feed from Allen, driving a shot from the left over the right arm of the UMass goalkeeper to put Harvard up 2-0 at 21:03.
Sicher completed her hat trick on an another rebound chance at 62:04, with Tessel Huibregtsen setting up the goal with a great individual run into the circle. Allen scored at 68:44 on an against the grain shot from the top of the circle to round out the scoring.
- Harvard has recorded two hat tricks this season with Bente van Vlijmen (Sept. 2 vs. Holy Cross) and Sicher today supplying the offense.
- Harvard improved to 3-0 at home this season and is now 15-4 in its last 19 games at Berylson Field dating back to the start of the 2016 season.
- Harvard outshot UMass 18-1 for the game.
- Harvard earned its first win over UMass since 2005, snapping a seven game losing streak in the series.
- Harvard has outshot its opponent in all but one game this season.
Harvard will open Ivy League play next Friday night (6 p.m.) at home against Yale before returning to non-conference play at No. 18 Maine next Sunday.