Harvard Field Hockey Shuts Out Penn, Evens Ivy Record
McGillivray gave Harvard a first-half lead.
PHILADELPHIA—Carly Dickson registered a goal and an assist, and Cynthia Tassopoulos registered her first shutout of the season to lead the Harvard field hockey team to a 2-0 win at Penn in the Crimson's first Ivy League road game Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field.
Georgia McGillivray also tallied for Harvard (3-5, 1-1 Ivy League), which held an 8-7 edge in shots. Tassopoulos made three saves for the second shutout of her career, while Kieran Sweeney made two stops for Penn (1-5, 0-2). The Crimson shut out the Quakers despite Penn's 5-3 advantage in penalty corners and the fact that the game was played on FieldTurf, a surface relatively unfamiliar to the Harvard team.
"It was a great road win," said head coach Sue Caples. "The team really played well. They executed the gameplan and did a very good job tactically. We changed our structure around to be successful on the surface of Franklin Field, and the team did an outstanding job adjusting and staying disciplined."
The junior duo from Victoria, B.C., scored on each side of halftime. McGillivray struck first, less than seven minutes before the break. She took a pass from Dickson following a penalty coner and scored from middle of the circle for her second goal of the season. Harvard outshot Penn, 5-3, in the opening half and did not allow a shot on goal by the Quakers.
Both teams put three shots on the cage in the second half, and Dickson broke through for her second goal of the season in the seventh minute of the second half. She scored from the left side with senior Chloe Keating assisting. The score raised Dickson's season point total to six and Keating's to 12.