Kim Goh will look to help the Crimson win its second Ivy road game in as many Saturdays (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard field hockey team has a busy weekend ahead as it seeks its second straight Ivy League win at Brown before returning home to host Bucknell. The Crimson meets the Bears Saturday at noon on Warner Roof in Providence, R.I., and takes on the Bison Sunday at 2 p.m., at Jordan Field.
Admission to Harvard home field hockey games is free, but fans who cannot make it to Jordan Field can follow the action online. Harvard's GameCentral portal features live video with a single-game or season subscription, while GoCrimson.com offers free live statistics.
Last Time Out
Harvard (3-5, 1-1 Ivy League) picked up its first Ivy League win, 2-0, Saturday at Penn. Carly Dickson scored a goal and also assisted on a tally by Georgia McGillivray. Chloe Keating added an assist, and Cynthia Tassopoulos made three saves. The Crimson held an 8-7 edge in shots and got the shutout win despite playing on the unfamiliar FieldTurf surface at Franklin Field.
Harvard is tied with Princeton for the top Ivy defense in league play, having allowed just one goal over two Ancient Eight games. Cynthia Tassopoulos leads the league in Ivy save percentage at .900, ranks second in goals-against average at 0.50 and owns the only individual shutout by an Ivy goalie in league play. Overall, her .774 save percentage ranks 15th nationally, while her 1.69 goals-against average ranks 27th and six saves per game are tied for 25th.
Chloe Keating paces the Crimson with four goals, four assists and 12 points. She ranks ninth in the Ivy League in overall scoring with 1.5 points per game. Carly Dickson (two goals, three assists) and Emma Keller (three goals, one assist) have logged seven points apiece.
Harvard has won its last three meetings with Brown and 15 of the last 17 games in the series. The Bears' only victories over Harvard in that span were consecutive 1-0 wins in 2005 and '06. The Crimson leads the all-time series, 20-7-6. The games, however, have been close. The Crimson needed an overtime goal by Chloe Keating—her second tally of the game—to get by the Bears, 4-3, last season at Jordan Field. Carly Dickson also scored, Keating had an assist and Cynthia Tassopoulos made four saves. Current Bears Leslie Springmeyer and Abigal Taft were among Brown's goal-scorers.
Scouting the Bears
Brown (1-5, 0-2) ended a season-opening, four-game skid with a 6-2 win against Bryant Sept. 19, but fell to host Dartmouth, 4-2, Saturday. The Bears' other Ivy game was a back-and-forth thriller against Columbia, with the Lions scoring late to win, 5-4, Sept. 18.
Leslie Springmeyer leads Brown with four goals and eight points, with two of her goals coming in the Ivy opener against Columbia. Torie Stearns has a team-high three assists. Lauren Kessler owns a .696 save percentage and 3.52 goals-against average.
Scouting the Bison
Bucknell (3-6) has won three of its last five games after losing its first four. The Bison's last two games, a win against Sacred Heart and a loss to Indiana, have been decided by penalty strokes. They have faced two Ivy League squads previously, falling by a 7-0 score at Princeton and posting a 3-0 home win against Cornell. Bucknell begins its Patriot League schedule Saturday at Holy Cross.
Morgan Kauffman and Kelly Bruvik share the team lead with 10 points each, and Kauffman is one of three Bison players who has scored four goals. Sarah Zargarpour, the reigning ECAC Defensive Player of the Week, has started all nine games in goal, with a 2.15 goals-against average and .721 save percentage.