Finnemore scored a goal in the first half to put the Crimson on the scoreboard (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Sarah Finnemore scored the first goal of her collegiate career, but the Harvard field hockey team suffered a 2-1 setback to Bryant at Jordan Field Sunday afternoon.
Harvard (0-2) outshot Bryant (3-1), 15-8, but the Bulldogs owned a slim 9-7 edge in penalty corners. The Hancock triplets led the way for Bryant with Mallory (1 goal, 1 assist) and MaKayla (1 goal) each recording points while Megan stopped seven attempts in the cage.
Harvard took the early lead less than three minutes into the game. Freshman Marissa Balleza's first shot of the game bounced off the post, but Finnemore rebounded Balleza's shot and found the back of the cage to put the Crimson up, 1-0.
At the 27th minute mark, Bryant responded off a penalty corner. Senior Mallory Hancock passed to classmate MaKayla Hancock, who took the ball off a dribble and slipped it by Harvard's Jenn Hatfield to equalize the game at 1-1. The Crimson's defense kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard for the remainder of the half despite junior Rosie Bird's attempt, which Hatfield denied, with just 15 seconds to play before intermission and a penalty corner with no time remaining on the clock.
Following four Harvard fouls 14 minutes into the second frame, Bryant lined up for three penalty corners, all resulting in shots on goal. Hatfield saved the first two, but Mallory Hancock scored on the third to give Bryant an edge it would not relinquish. Mallory Hancock took the corner, passed ahead to senior Olivia Jenkins, who dished right back to Mallory Hancock for the goal.
Harvard looked like it had potential to knot the score in the final minute of the game when senior Rachael Rosenfeld sent a well-struck attempt wide before the Crimson gained a penalty corner with zeros on the clock. Sophomore Elizabeth Jacobson put a shot on target, her fourth in the second stanza, but Megan Hancock turned the ball away to finish the victory.
The Crimson had a number of good looks to tie the game in the second half, but could not find the back of the cage. Harvard took 10 shots in the second 35 minutes, six being saved by Megan Hancock, one hit off the post and two were blocked.
Harvard next plays Holy Cross Friday, Sept. 13 in Worcester, Mass., at 7 p.m.