Field Hockey Overpowers Holy Cross, 6-1, to Open Season

Field Hockey Overpowers Holy Cross, 6-1, to Open Season

Sophomore Emma Keller scored both of her goals in the second half to help the Crimson to a 6-1 victory in its season opener at Jordan Field (photo courtesy David Silverman).

The Harvard field hockey team scored five goals in the second half to earn a 6-1 win against Holy Cross in the Crimson's season opener Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field.  Emma Keller tallied two goals for Harvard, while Carly Dickson handed out two assists on the day.

The Crimson (1-0) took an early lead at the 4:01 mark of the first half, converting on its second penalty corner.  Katelin Wahl served the ball from the corner and Chloe Keating wound up for a shot. Her chance was deflected to the right side of the net and Carly McNeill placed the ball through the Holy Cross defense, putting Harvard ahead, 1-0.

Less than 10 minutes later, the Crusaders (0-1) knotted the game, as Carly Grimaudo carried the ball toward the net on the right side.  Grimaudo found a wide open Jamie Caniglia in front of Harvard goalkeeper Cynthia Tassopoulos, and Caniglia fired, tying it, 1-1, at 13:13.

At 45:37, Keating gave Harvard a lead it would not relinquish, as she found the back of the net off a penalty corner pass from Wahl.  Harvard continued its offensive surge with a goal by Wahl at 51:02, as she lifted a shot over Holy Cross goalkeeper Kelly Sotsky and into the back of the net. 

With less than 10 minutes to go in regulation, Keller extended Harvard's lead to 4-1 as she sent a shot from the top of the circle off a corner at 60:45.  Keller tallied her second goal only three minutes later, as she stole a loose ball in front and fitted a shot into the right side of the cage, making it a 5-1 game.

Georgia McGillivray capped the scoring with a goal directly off a corner at 66:04.  Dickson played the ball from the corner and Kim Goh stopped the ball perfectly for McGillivray who fired for the score. 

Tassopoulos finished with two saves, as Harvard outshot Holy Cross by a 21-15 margin and owned an 8-6 edge in penalty corners.