Issy Davies made eight saves Sunday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard junior goalkeeper Issy Davies turned away eight New Hampshire (5-10) shots Sunday at Jordan Field, but a goal 4:21 into overtime by Lindsey Nerbonne gave the Wildcats a 1-0 victory over the Crimson field hockey team (8-5).
Freshman Ellie Cookson recorded the game's first shot at 5:15, as Harvard controlled the early action, but New Hampshire would swing the momentum in its favor shortly after. The Wildcats reeled off nine shots, including four on net and a penalty stroke that Davies stonewalled, and attempted four penalty corners, but the game headed to intermission knotted at 0-0.
Similar to the first half, the Crimson came out of the gate with a couple of scoring opportunities. Harvard was awarded a pair of penalty corners taken by Sarah Finnemore, but Marissa Balleza's goal off the second one was called off for dangerous stick on the follow through. Game play moved to Harvard's defensive zone after the first 15 minutes of the second half, with Davies staying composed and notching two more saves to keep the game scoreless. Her second save of the half came with just 10 seconds remaining in regulation, sending Meg Flatley's shot attempt wide of the cage.
Two minutes into the extra period, Davies made save number eight, blocking another Flatley shot attempt. Just over two minutes later though, Nerbonne carried the ball past a Crimson defender into the top of the circle, firing a shot inside the right post to clinch the sudden victory for the Wildcats.
The Crimson is 8-5 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League as it readies itself for a trip to Princeton to take on the Tigers next Saturday at noon.