Noel Painter and the Crimson outplayed No. 17 Boston College in the second half but failed to find the back of the cage in a 3-0 loss (photo Justine Agaloos).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After falling behind, 2-0, in the first half against No. 17 Boston College, the Harvard field hockey team responded with a strong offensive push in the second half but could not find the back of the cage in a 3-0 loss to the Eagles. The Crimson outplayed BC during the second 35 minutes with advantages in shots, 11-5, and penalty corners, 9-5.
Boston College took an early lead just 4:48 into the game on a goal from Chapin Duke. Nichole Shuster took a shot from the top off of a penalty corner and Duke deflected the ball past Harvard's Cynthia Tassopoulos.
BC continued to control the ball much of the first half, until Harvard had its best opportunity to tie the score at the 27:13 mark of the frame. Freshman Elizabeth Jacobson intercepted a Boston College pass on the defensive ended and advanced the ball down the field before sophomore Caitlin Rea controlled it just inside the circle. Rea fired but her attempt barely went wide of the right post.
Less than four minutes later, BC's Shuster added her second assist of the game when she found Emma Plasteras for a goal. Plasteras blasted a shot from the top left side of the circle that banged into the upper right corner of the cage. With the score, the Eagles entered the break with a 2-0 lead.
After halftime, Harvard looked like a different team. The Crimson gained its first penalty corner of the afternoon 4:29 minutes into the second period on a drive into the circle by Noel Painter and proceeded to obtain six corners over the next 10 minutes. Rea took a pair of shots during the momentum changing swing for Harvard and Jacobson also put a shot on target.
Boston College eventually added a third score, an AshLeigh Sebia tally off of a deflection following a corner to come up with the 3-0 final.
The Eagles finished the game with a 20-13 advantage in shots and took 12 penalty corners to Harvard's nine. Tassopoulos made 11 saves in the cage for Harvard, including seven in the first half.
The Crimson will hit the field again Sept. 15 for its Ivy League opener, a 1 p.m. contest against Yale at Jordan Field.