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Jenkins’ OT Strike Beats Vermont, 2-1, Keeps Field Hockey Perfect at Home

Jenkins scored her third goal of the season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Sydney Jenkins scored just 37 seconds into overtime to lift the Harvard field hockey team to a 2-1 win against Vermont Sunday afternoon at Jordan Field, giving the Crimson its fourth straight win and improving Harvard's home record to 5-0 this season.

Georgia McGillivray also scored for Harvard (6-3), which for the second straight Sunday scored twice in the second half to rally from a 1-0 deficit. The Crimson held a significant advantage in possession and outshot the Catamounts, 23-8. Cynthia Tassopoulos backstopped Harvard with three saves, while UVM goalie Stephanie Zygmunt kept her team close with 13.

The winning goal came on the first shot of overtime. Caitlin Rea had the ball for the Crimson low at the right corner of the circle. She passed behind her to Jenkins. The freshman took the ball toward the top of the circle and found room to shoot. Her reverse shot was deflected by a defender but made its way over the goal line for Harvard's second overtime win of the year.

Harvard pinned Vermont (6-6) in its own end for much of the game's first 50 minutes, but Taylor Silvestro gave the Catamounts a 1-0 lead at 50:03. After Emily Bastiaanse sent the ball across the front of the goal, Silvestro swiped the ball into the Crimson cage.

The Crimson, however, kept up its strong offensive play and tied the game less than seven minutes later. On one of the Harvard's eight second-half penalty corners, McGillivray fired the ball from the left side of the circle and beat Zygmunt at the far post. Harvard outshot Vermont, 15-5, in the second half and held a 9-5 edge in penalty corners in the game.

Harvard could not translate its territorial dominance in the first half into a goal. The Crimson held a 7-3 edge in shots and a 3-0 advantage in shots on goal. Its best chance came off the stick of Noel Painter in the first minute of the period. She redirected a Jenkins ball from the right side, but Zygmunt made the save for the Catamounts. Three minutes later, Kaitlyn Boudah found Painter with a pass on the right side of the circle, but Zygmunt was again there for the stop.