Keating Nets Hat Trick; Harvard Field Hockey Beats Bryant, 5-2

Keating Nets Hat Trick; Harvard Field Hockey Beats Bryant, 5-2

Keating moves toward the Bryant goal in the second half (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Senior Chloe Keating registered the first hat trick of her career to lead the Harvard field hockey team to a 5-2 victory against Bryant Monday afternoon at Jordan Field.

Carly Dickson and Emma Keller each added a goal and an assist for the Crimson (2-0), which held a 12-2 edge in penalty corners and outshot Bryant (0-4) by a 23-10 margin.

Keating started the scoring barely two minutes into the game. She and Keller came in on a break, and Keller's pass found Keating behind the Bryant defense. The senior dove to get her stick on the ball and direct it into the open cage. Elise Boissoneau evened things up, 1-1, at the 9:45 mark, banging in the rebound of a Katherine Andrusin shot.

Harvard dominated the rest of the half, registering 10 first-half penalty corners without surrendering one. Jennifer Gullotti made eight saves for the Bulldogs to keep the game tied at halftime despite a 14-3 edge in shots for the Crimson. As in Saturday's season-opening win against Holy Cross, the Crimson opened up a big lead after the break.

Keating struck again about five minutes into the second half. She dribbled up to the goal from along the goal line on the right side and lifted a shot between Gullotti's arm and the near post. The Crimson's lead reached 4-1 after another five minutes, when Dickson buried a penalty stroke into the top right corner of the cage.

The Crimson later added two goals in a three-minute span. Keller deflected in a Dickson shot following a penalty corner for her third goal in two games. Keating then completed her hat trick by finishing at the goal line after Christy Haughey collected the ball in front and got it past the defense.

Courtney Landi netted Bryant's goal after a long pass from Julie Kuchyt into the Crimson circle. The Bulldogs earlier got their own chance at a penalty stroke, but Cynthia Tassopoulos was there for the stop. She finished with four saves.