CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Harvard field hockey head coach Sue Caples and the other members of her final team as a collegiate player will be honored prior to the Crimson's game Saturday at Massachusetts.
Caples, a 1982 UMass graduate, captained the school's 1981 team and earned All-America and NCAA All-Tournament selection, leading the Minutewomen to a 17-1-2 record and an appearance in the NCAA title game. The team went unbeaten (16-0-2) in the regular season, earning a trip to the four-team NCAA tournament. UMass defeated Long Beach State in the semifinals before falling to Connecticut in the national final.
Saturday's ceremony will recognize each member of the 1981 UMass squad before the Crimson and Minutewomen clash at 1 p.m. at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass. Live video and live statistics from the game will be available at the links above.
Caples is in her 24th season as Harvard's head coach. She has led the Crimson to four NCAA tournament berths, three Ivy League titles and six ECAC tournament appearances. Under Caples' guidance, Harvard has produced 10 All-America selections, four Ivy League Players of the Year, three Ivy Rookies of the Year, 46 all-region selections and 39 picks to the All-Ivy League first team.
Harvard (2-0) is seeking its second road win of the season after defeating Holy Cross, 4-0, in its season opener and Lafayette, 3-2 in overtime, in its home opener. Bridget McGillivray leads the Crimson with five points on two goals and an assist, while Sydney Jenkins also scored twice last weekend, earning selection as Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
UMass (1-3) is playing its home opener after falling to Kent State, 3-2 in overtime, and Iowa, 3-0, last weekend in Iowa City. The Minutewomen's leading scorer is Callie Sweigert, who has two goals and four points.