CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Looking to extend its two-game winning streak, the Harvard field hockey team takes to the road for a pair of contests in the Empire State. The Crimson will visit Ivy League rival Cornell at noon on Saturday, followed by another noon showdown with Colgate on Sunday.
Last Time Out
Harvard won its second in a row in exciting fashion on Saturday, taking down Fairfield in overtime, 4-3, for its first win at Jordan Field this season. The Crimson handed the Stags just its third loss on the year with a well-executed plan of attack. Four different players scored for Harvard, led first by Rachael Rosenfeld's deflection to make it 1-0 midway through the first half. After Fairfield snagged two in a row, Caitlin Rea fired a shot from near the top of the circle past defenders and the Stags' netminder to knot things up at 2-2. Marissa Balleza then gave the Crimson a 3-2 lead with a nice turnaround score from the right side. After Fairfield scored with under two minutes left to force overtime, Elizabeth Jacobson notched the game winner after Catriona McDonald made a superb run at the cage.
Queens of the Rooks
The Crimson freshman class has stepped up to the challenge this season, especially the dynamic duo of Sarah Finnemore and Marissa Balleza. After scoring her third goal in two games, Balleza joined Finnemore as the second Crimson to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors this season. She now leads the team with nine points (3g, 3a). Five total freshman have seen time in all nine games for Harvard this season, accumulating a total of 17 points.
It's Hatfield's Cage
Despite allowing a season-high three goals on Saturday to a tough Fairfield squad, senior goaltender Jenn Hatfield remains high up in the Ivy and national rankings. Her 1.77 goals allowed per game is 28th in the nation and third in the Ivy League. The native has turned away 48 shots for a .750 save percentage, good enough for 20th nationally and third in the League.
Cornell, which enters the weekend 6-5, 1-2 in conference play, opens up a three-game homestand when Harvard enters Ithica. Nine different players have scored, six of which have at least three tallies for the Big Red. Katy Weeks leads the charge with six goals and three assists for 15 points. She's followed closely by Elly Plappert's five goals. Marissa Balleza's older sister, Hannah, has scored four goals in her senior campaign.
Two goaltenders have split near-even time for Cornell so far this season, each having played in six contests apiece. Carolyn Horner has a team-best 29 saves, but has allowed 14 goals. Elizabeth Schaeffler has racked up 22 saves to 12 goals allowed so far. Each has three wins thus far this season for the Big Red.
Cornell has outscored opponents 21-11 in its six wins, but has been outscored, 15-6 in its five losses.
The Raiders enter Senior Day sporting a 2-11 record this season, having gone 1-5 at home, but a single goal has been the difference in nine of those 11 contests for Colgate. Eight different players have combined for 28 goals for the Raiders this season, but Eliana Brown (10g, 1a) and Halle Biggar (8g, 1a) make up 18 of those together.
Amanda DiDomizio has seen every minute of action for the Raiders, totaling a staggering 113 saves. The junior has allowed 39 goals, however, nearly three per contest.