Michigan Downs Harvard, 3-1

Michigan Downs Harvard, 3-1

Mayora's two stops helped keep the Crimson within striking distance (photo courtesy David Silverman).

CAMBRIDGE,  Mass.-Michigan scored three first-half goals and hung on for a 3-1 win against the Harvard field hockey team Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field.

Meredith Way scored twice for the Wolverines (6-7), while sophomore Allie Kimmel notched Harvard's lone goal. Freshman Cynthia Tassopoulos made 10 saves, and the Crimson (4-6) got a pair of defensive saves from sophomore Pilar Mayora. Christi Barwick made three stops for Michigan.

The Wolverines earned six first-half penalty corners and took advantage for a 3-0 halftime edge. Way scored her first goal at the 7:42 mark, putting away the rebound after her initial shot was blocked. Alicia Mayer had her first bid stopped by a Mayora defensive save but put in her own rebound at 13:27. Mayora later added her second defensive save of the half to keep the deficit 2-0, until Way scored directly off a corner in the final minute of the half.

Harvard had the only goal of the second half, at 48:26. On a penalty corner, sophomore Carly Dickson took a shot from the edge of the circle on the left, and senior Elizabeth Goodman-Bacon redirected it to force a tough save by Barwick. A Wolverine defender attempted to clear the ball, but Kimmel intercepted it and scored her fourth goal of the season. Tassopoulos, meanwhile, played an outstanding half, making seven saves. On the lone shot that got by her, Goodman-Bacon was there for the defensive save.