Crimson Field Hockey Rallies After Half, Falls to Brown in 2OT, 3-2

Crimson Field Hockey Rallies After Half, Falls to Brown in 2OT, 3-2

Pictured: Katelin Wahl notched her second goal of 2010 (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Brown's Abigail Taft scored in the game's 98th minute to lift the Bears to a 3-2, double-overtime win against the Harvard field hockey team after the Crimson rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit Saturday afternoon on Warner Roof.

Taft netted her second goal of the game to give the Bears (2-6, 1-2 Ivy League) the sudden victory. She redirected in a feed by Kelley Harrison for the winning tally at 97:35, less than three minutes before the game would have been decided by penalty strokes. It was Brown's first shot on goal of the period, after Lauren Kessler had stopped two shots by Harvard (3-6, 1-2) and survived three Crimson penalty corners.

The Crimson outshot the Bears by an 18-15 margin in the game and held an 8-7 edge in penalty corners. Katelin Wahl and Chloe Keating scored for Harvard, with Carly Dickson adding an assist. The Crimson's Cynthia Tassopoulos and Bears' Kessler made six saves apiece.

Each team scored its regulation goals in a span of less than four minutes. Taft gave the Bears a 1-0 lead 18 minutes into the game, when she redirected Katie Hyland's shot from the top of the circle on a penalty corner.

Brown quickly doubled its lead on another deflection. This time, Tacy Zysk tipped Bridget McNamara's shot into the right side of the cage. Harvard held a 4-3 edge in first-half shots but forced Kessler to make a save on just one of those chances, while the Bears put all three of their shots on frame. Brown owned a 3-2 advantage in penalty corners.

Harvard turned the tide after halftime, outshooting Brown, 8-6, in the second stanza and putting four of those shots on goal. Wahl got the Crimson on the board nearly 16 minutes into the half. She buried the rebound after Georgia McGillivray's penalty-corner strike was blocked by a defender.

Keating knotted the score at 2-2 barely two minutes later. Kessler knocked down the ball on a three-on-one break by Harvard, but Dickson corralled it and fired toward the goal. Keating tipped it home for her team-leading fifth goal.

Harvard had the first three shots of the first overtime, but Brown logged the last four, three of which required saves from Tassopoulos.