The Crimson has beaten the Crusaders in the previous six meetings between the teams (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team will go for its seventh straight win against Holy Cross when the Crimson and Crusaders clash Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in Worcester, Mass.
After a two-game opening weekend, Harvard (0-2) looks for its first victory of the season. The Crimson fell, 3-0, at then No. 14 UMass Sept. 6 before dropping a 2-1 decision to Bryant at Jordan Field Sept. 8
Sarah Finnemore tallied the lone score for Harvard over the weekend to lead the offense. The freshman's first collegiate goal gave the Crimson a 1-0 lead against Bryant just three minutes into the home opener, but the Bulldogs capitalized on a penalty corner in the first half and again in the second to take an advantage they would not relinquish.
Defending the Cage
Jenn Hatfield has played every minute in goal this season for the Crimson. The senior has made 13 saves, including nine against then No. 14 UMass, to rank 26th in the nation with 6.5 saves per game. Hatfield owns a 2.50 goals-against average and .722 save percentage.
That's a First
Freshman Sarah Finnemore found the back of the net in the Crimson's home opener against Bryant to record her first collegiate goal and Harvard's first point of the 2013 campaign. Finnemore became the first freshman to score Harvard's first goal of the year since Caroline McNeill did so in the 2010 opener against Holy Cross Sept. 4.
Harvard's underclassman took control of the Crimson's offense during the opening weekend, taking .737 percent (14-19) of the team's 19 total shots and .875 percent (7-8) of the squad's shots on goal. Sophomores tallied five while freshmen accounted for nine of the shots.
Scouting Holy Cross
The Crusaders will carry a 1-1 record into Friday's meeting after most recently falling to Providence 4-0, Sept. 8 and opening the season with a 3-2 comeback victory over Sienna.
Junior Molly Feit, sophomore Haley Makuch and freshman Lauren Sutherland have each scored a goal for Holy Cross while senior Carly Grimaudo handed out an assist.
Junior Kat Matchett has played every minute in goal for the Crusaders and sports a 1-1 record with a 1.50 goals-against average and .750 save percentage.
All-Time Against the Crusaders
Harvard owns a 13-1 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to 1987, and has won each of the last six meetings between the teams. Last season, the Crusaders and Crimson met in Cambridge for the 2012 debut where Catriona McDonalad provided the lone score of the afternoon to lift Harvard to a 1-0 victory. Throughout the series, the Crimson has outscored the Crusaders, 45-10, and recorded seven shutouts.
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All-Time Against the Patriot League
Friday night's game marks Harvard's 50th contest against Patriot League opponents. The Crimson owns a 28-20-1 all-time record against Patriot League competition.
The Crimson will open up its Ivy League slate on the road in New Haven Conn., against rival Yale Sept. 21, at 1 p.m.