The Crimson ended Yale's four straight win streak with the victory (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard field hockey team claimed its first Ivy League victory on Saturday afternoon, downing Yale by a score of 3-2 at Johnson Field. Three different Crimson scored to help the team improve to 2-2 on the year and 1-0 in the Ancient Eight.
Harvard, which has been defeated by Yale in the past four years, limited the Bulldogs to 16 shots this time around as senior goalkeeper Jenn Hatfield picked up the victory with five saves.
The Crimson never trailed in the game thanks to junior Noel Painter goal at the 27:29 mark to open the scoring. Harvard peppered senior Emily Caine with three shots following the Crimson's sixth penalty corner of the day. Painter netted her second goal of the season on Harvard's fourth attempt to give the team a 1-0 lead into the half.
Out of the locker rooms, the Crimson stretched its lead when junior Kaitlyn Boudah found the back of the cage for the first time this season just two minute into the second frame. For the second time in the game, Harvard capitalized on a penalty corner taking three shots and Boudah netted the third to take a 2-0 lead.
Yale (1-4, 0-1 Ivy) got on the scoreboard twenty minutes later on a penalty strike. Senior Erica Borgo took a penalty corner which resulted in a shot by sophomore Molly Wolf, which was blocked by the Crimson. A Harvard foul sent Borgo to the top of the circle for a penalty strike that she slipped past Hatfield to cut the Crimson lead to one.
Eight minutes later the Crimson used a penalty corner to its advantage to expand on its one-goal lead. Freshman Sarah Finnemore took the corner, passed ahead to sophomore Elisabeth Joacbson who sent a shot towards the cage. Freshman Marissa Balleza tipped the ball in from right in front of the net to extend Harvard's lead 3-1.
With zeros on the clock the Senior Georgia Holland recorded the Bulldogs the second goal of the day, but the game was already put away. Sophomore Emily Schuckert and Borgo recorded assists on the goal.
Harvard held a commanding 26-16 advantage in shots and earned 17 corners while allowing six.
The Crimson will return to action Saturday, Sept. 28 when it plays host to Penn at Jordan Field.