CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard field hockey team faces Dartmouth and No. 10 New Hampshire on its final home weekend of the season.
The winner of Saturday's game, which gets underway at 1 p.m. at Jordan Field, will keep itself in contention for the Ivy League championship. The Crimson (8-6, 3-2 Ivy League) and Big Green (8-7, 3-2) trail Columbia and Princeton and Yale by one game. Each team has one Ivy game remaining after this week.
Sunday's 3 p.m. matchup between the Crimson and Wildcats (14-3) is Senior Day for Harvard. Senior co-captains Carly Dickson and Georgia McGillivray have been key players since their arrival in Cambridge and have led the Crimson to a turnaround year in their final season. The duo has totaled five All-Ivy League and four All-Northeast Region selections, as well as 54 points on 14 goals and 16 assists from their midfield and back positions. They will be honored before the game.
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Last Time Out
Caitlin Rea scored a goal and assisted fellow freshman Noel Painter on two others—including the overtime game-winner—as the Crimson came from behind to top Colgate, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Jordan Field. Cynthia Tassopoulos made nine saves.
The Raiders held a 2-1 lead in the second half, but it only lasted 44 seconds, as Painter scored immediately to tie the game. She later won it on the first shot of overtime.
Noel Painter, who scored Saturday against Princeton and finished the weekend with three goals, was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week. The rookie paces Harvard with 20 points and eight goals. She has scored four goals in the last three games.
Cynthia Tassopoulos ranks second nationally with a save percentage of .812, while the Crimson also ranks second as a team at .825. Tassopoulos is also seventh with 8.93 saves per game. She ranks seond in the Ivy League in save percentage (.810) and saves per game (9.40) in league play. Tassopoulos owns a 2.10 goals-against average.
Lisa Masini scored in overtime to lift the Big Green to a 1-0 win against Harvard last year. Dartmouth leads the all-time series, 21-14-4.
Last season's 3-1 win against the Crimson in Durham, N.H., gave the Wildcats an 18-12-2 series edge. New Hampshire scored twice in the second half, after Rachael Rosenfeld tallied to tie the game in the first half.
Scouting the Big Green
Prior to Saturday's 4-2 loss to Columbia, Dartmouth was one of five Ivy teams, including Harvard, tied for first place. Kelly Hood scored three of her team-high 14 goals in Sunday's 6-4 loss to Boston College. She leads the squad with 33 points, followed by Ali Savage (11 goals) and Lisa Masini (17 assists) with 25 points each. Meagan Vakiener owns a .679 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average in 14 starts.
Scouting the Wildcats
Tenth-ranked New Hampshire sits in first place in America East enters Saturday's conference game at Albany having won six of its last seven games, most recently a 3-0 defeat of Maine last weekend. The UNH attack is propelled by seniors Whitney Frates (20 goals, 10 assists) and Hayley Rausch (21 goals, six assists). Katherine Nagengast has started 15 games in goal, posting a .760 save percentage and 1.71 goals-against average.