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Crimson Visits Big Red in Return to Ivy League Play

Nix Maasdorp and the Crimson play their first road game of October (photo courtesy David Silverman).

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Game On
Following nearly two weeks of non-league competition, the Harvard field hockey team looks to even its Ivy League record as it resumes Ancient Eight play Saturday at Cornell. The Crimson and Big Red get underway at 2 p.m. at Marsha Dodson Field in Ithaca, N.Y.

Follow From Home
Live statistics for Saturday's game can be found here.

Last Time Out
Harvard (4-6, 1-2 Ivy League) earned 10 penalty corners but could not rally past crosstown rival Boston University in a 3-1 Terriers win Friday evening at Jordan Field. Carly Dickson scored Harvard's goal on a second-half penalty corner, assisted by Georgia McGillivray and Kristin Bannon. Cynthia Tassopoulos, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, made 12 saves, while Pilar Curtis and Kim Goh each recorded defensive save.

Crimson Capsule
Carly Dickson's score Wednesday gave her four goals and 10 points on the season and made her Harvard's third double-digit scorer this season, joining Chloe Keating (eight goals, five assists) and Allie Kimmel (four goals, two assists). Keating began the week ranked third in the Ivy League with 2.1 points and 0.8 goals per game. Pilar Mayora shared the league lead with three defensive saves.

History Lesson
Harvard had won seven of the previous eight meetings with Cornell before the Big Red prevailed, 1-0, last year at Jordan.

Scouting the Big Red
Cornell (8-2, 2-1) got off to the best start in school history at 7-0, including overtime Ivy wins against Penn and Columbia, before falling to Yale, 1-0, Oct. 3. The Big Red's last game was a 3-0 loss Saturday at No. 3 Virginia. Catie De Stio is Cornell's top leader with seven goals, five assists and 19 points, and the Big Red has also gotten four goals from Kelley Kantarian. Melanie Jue has seen the bulk of action in the Cornell goal, with a 1.29 goals-against average and .837 save percentage.

Around the League
In other weekend league action, Dartmouth and Yale, the two teams tied with Cornell at 2-1, face off Saturday in New Haven, Conn. Elsewhere, Princeton visits Dartmouth. On Sunday, Penn travels to Columbia, with each team trying to even its Ivy record at 2-2, and Yale hosts non-league foe Fairfield.

Coming Attractions
Harvard, coming off a four-game homestand, returns home Oct. 24 to face Princeton. The Crimson plays three of its final five games of the regular season at home.