No. 17 Stanford Pulls Away From Harvard Field Hockey in Second Half
Pictured: Nina Kucharczyk and the Crimson will look to close their West Coast trip with a win Sunday at California.
STANFORD, Calif.—No. 17 Stanford scored five second-half goals to turn a one-goal lead to a 6-0 win against the Harvard field hockey team Friday evening at the Varsity Turf.
Katherine Donna led the Cardinal (8-3) with two goals, and Cynthia Tassopoulos made 11 saves for the Crimson (3-8).
The Cardinal jumped on top early, as Alysha Sekhon scored just 89 seconds into the game. Stephanie Byrne brought the ball down the right side and centered to Sekhon for the finish and a 1-0 Stanford lead.
Harvard's first great chance came on its first penalty corner. Carly Dickson had the shot, flicking the ball high but wide of the left post. Shortly thereafter, Emma Keller sent the ball barely wide of the other post, redirecting a feed from Rachael Rosenfeld. The Cardinal held advantages of 8-2 in shots and 3-1 in penalty corners in the opening half. Tassopolous made six first-half saves.
Stanford got another early goal in the second half. Becky Dru put in a penalty-corner strike with Camille Gandhi and Kelsey Lloyd assisting. The Cardinal added another tally in the 47th minute, with Katherine Donna banging the ball in from in front of the left post.
Xanthe Travlos made it 4-0 with a corner deflection less than three minutes later, and Hope Burke later streaked across the front of the cage to deflect in a fifth goal. Donna finished the scoring with her second goal with about four minutes to play.