AMHERST, Mass – Sophomore Rachel Greenwood's goal in the third quarter proved to be the decider in a 3-2 win for No. 10 Harvard field hockey (2-2) over UMass on Monday night.
Harvard got off to a quick start, as sophomore Olivia Hoover dove near the cage to deflect a reverse stick pass from Casey Allen to the cage at 4:12 of the opening quarter. Then with just over a minute to play in the first quarter, junior captain Mimi Tarrant corralled an errant UMass pass and fired a shot into the top left corner at the 14:01 mark to make it 2-0.
UMass scored twice on penalty corners in the second quarter to even the game at 2-2 heading into the break, despite Harvard's 8-3 margin in shots.
Harvard retook the lead late in the third quarter on a broken play off a penalty corner. Greenwood was the first to her own blocked shot inside the circle. Her reverse stick shot on the rebound found the lower right corner to put Harvard ahead, 3-2 with 3:52 to go in the frame.
The Crimson withstood a late surge by UMass, as sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo made three saves to earn the win.
- Junior captain Mimi Tarrant recorded her first goal since the 2017 season (Nov. 5, 2017), when she won Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
- Sophomore Rachel Greenwood leads the Crimson with two goals on the season
- Senior Casey Allen (assist) has factored into half of Harvard's goals this year.
Harvard will host No. 24 Maine on Sunday (Sept. 22) in a 1 p.m contest at Berylson Field. The game will air on ESPN+