NEWTON, Mass. – In a tightly played midweek contest, No. 13 Harvard field hockey (7-3) fell, 1-0, to No. 17 Boston College (7-5) at the BC Field Hockey Complex.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo made four saves in net for the Crimson, which could not answer an early goal from BC. The Eagles took an early 1-0 lead on their first penalty corner opportunity of the game at 13:41 of the opening period off a redirection.
Harvard got stronger as the game wore on, beginning with a penalty corner opportunity at 11:07 of second quarter. Senior captain Bente van Vljmen fired a shot on frame, and Rachel Greenwood had two follow up chances, but BC goalkeeper Sarah Dwyer (three saves) turned both shots away.
Shahbo made a good stop on Jaime Natale late in the second quarter to keep Harvard within a goal, and another diving save midway through the fourth quarter to keep within striking distance.
A late Harvard flurry in the final minutes included three great chances. Sophomore Kiley Allen tried to find Olivia Hoover on the doorstep, but the pass just missed her stick. Minutes later, Hoover nearly redirected a shot past Dwyer, and moments later van Vlijmen had another shot the sailed just wide.
- Harvard fell to 2-3 against ranked teams this season.
- Harvard had its six-game winning streak snapped, but has recorded winning streaks of six or more games in four straight seasons.
The Crimson will host Brown on Sunday (Oct. 13) at 1 p.m. in a game that will be streamed on ESPN+.