Caroline Code and the Crimson start Ivy League action this weekend (photo courtesy Justine Agaloos).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team begins Ivy League play this Saturday when rival Yale travels to Jordan Field.
Last Time Out
Harvard dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 17 Boston College, but saw significant improvement during the second half. After falling behind 2-0 at halftime, the Crimson rebounded to outshoot BC, 11-5, and gain more penalty corners, 9-5, during the second frame. Cynthia Tassopoulos made 11 saves in goal for Harvard, her second straight game with double-digit denials.
Tassopoulos, a senior co-captain, moved into third-place in career saves in the Harvard record book last weekend. Tassopoulos passed Anya Cowan '00 (434 saves) and currently has 446 saves during her four years in Cambridge. Jessica Milhollin '96 holds the Harvard record with 714 career stops and Denise Katsias '89 sits in second with 605 saves.
Yale split the Ivy League championship last season, ending a six-year run of outright titles by the Tigers. Prior to 2011, the last time a team other than Princeton won the Ancient Eight was 2004 when Harvard and Penn shared the championship. Harvard's last outright title came in 1990, while Yale hasn't had sole possession of the championship since 1980.
The Bulldogs (1-2) enter the weekend coming off of a 1-0 home loss to Hofstra. The shutout was the second time this season that Yale has been blanked, including a 4-0 defeat at Fairfield in the season opener. Between the two shutouts, Yale exploded for three second half goals to come from behind and beat Quinnipiac, 3-2, Sept. 8. Sophomore Heather Schlesier has played all 210 minutes in goal for the Bulldogs and has allowed 2.33 goals per game along with a .781 save percentage.
Harvard leads the all-time series against Yale, 19-9-5, dating back to 1974. The Bulldogs have won the last three meetings since Harvard last won, 1-0, in Cambridge in 2008.
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The Crimson will travel to Penn Sept. 22 for its second Ivy League contest of the season.