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Field Hockey Opens up Ivy League Play With Trip to Yale

Noel Painter and the Crimson take on Yale this weekend (Photo Courtsey: Harvard Athletic Communications). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team kicks off Ivy League play this weekend as the squad travels to New Haven, Conn., to take on Yale.

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Last Time Out
Harvard downed Holy Cross, 4-0, last weekend to capture the first win of the season.  Freshman Sarah Finnemore paced the offense in the second half with two goals, while teammates Noel Painter and Elizabeth Jacobs each added a goal.

Related Link: Second-Half Outburst Gives Field Hockey 4-0 Win at Holy Cross


Rookie
Freshman Sarah Finnemore, who leads the Crimson in scoring with three goals, was named Co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week and Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week.  The Norridgewock, Maine native recorded two of the four goals in the Crimson's first win of the season.

Related Link: Finnemore Tabbed Co- Ivy League Rookie of the Week


Strong Start Between the Pipes
Senior goalkeeper Jenn Hatfield has played in all three games for the Crimson registering 19 saves giving up only five goals. The St. Louis, Mo., native currently boasts a .792 save percentage and ranks 30th in the nation with a 1.67 goals against average

Around the Ivy League
Ivy League play gets underway this weekend.  The first match of the season is Friday, Sept. 20 when Brown visits Columbia.  On Saturday, two games in addition to the Harvard Yale game will be played; Cornell takes on Penn, and Princeton faces Dartmouth.

To see the complete Ivy League schedule, click here

Scouting Yale
Yale enters the contest with a 1-3 record after most recently dropping a 4-3 overtime decision to Hofstra on Sept. 15. Yale lost its first two games of the season to No. 4 Virginia, 6-1, and No. 11 Albany, 4-2. The Bulldogs scored six goals against Sacred Heart for its lone win of the year.Senior Georgia Holland leads the squad with eight points on three goals and two assists, while classmate Gabrielle Garcia has totaled three goals and an assist so far in 2013. Six Bulldogs have found the back of the net this season. Senior Emily Cain and junior Heather Schlesier have split time in the goal for Yale.

All-Time Against the Bulldogs
Harvard and Yale have squared off 33 times in program history, with the Crimson holding a 19-9-5 advantage in the series. In 2012, the Crimson fell to the Bulldogs, 2-1, in overtime.  Yale has won the previous four meetings heading into the game on Saturday.

Up Next
Harvard continues Ivy League play on Sept. 28 when the Crimson hosts Penn at Jordan Field.