BERKELEY, Calif.—Emma Keller and Georgia McGillivray registered goals, but the Harvard field hockey team's second-half comeback attempt fell just short as California hung on for a 3-2 win against the Crimson Sunday afternoon at Maxwell Family Field.
Cynthia Tassopoulos recorded nine saves, including a number of outstanding stops, while Chloe Keating and Christy Haughey logged assists and Carly McNeill registered a defensive save. Keller's goal tied the game in the first half, and McGillivray's brought the Crimson (3-9) within one goal late in the second half before time ran out on the Harvard comeback attempt.
The Bears (6-6) took the lead about 13 minutes into the game. Tassopoulos made an initial stop, but Shannon Elmitt sent the rebound into the top of the cage.
Harvard evened the score eight minutes before the end of the half. Bridget McGillivray earned a foul against the Bears and sent the ball to Keating inside the circle on the restart. Keating slipped it to Keller lower on the left side, and the sophomore banged a shot past Cal goalie Maddie Hand.
Cal appeared to take control with two goals following penalty corners in the second half. Erin Magill scored directly off the corner at 43:33. Megan Shimojima deflected in a pass from Lisa Lohre about nine minutes later.
The Crimson, however, battled back, keeping the ball in the Cal end for much of the final 10 minutes and generating three penalty corners. One corner resulted in the second Harvard goal. After the insert, Christy Haughey pushed the ball to McGillivray on the right side, and the junior's shot deflected off a Cal player and into the back of the cage.
The goal came with less than two minutes to play, and the Bears kept the Crimson off the board the rest of the way for the one-goal win. Cal held a 15-5 shots advantage and a 9-3 edge in penalty corners.