Keating scored her 22nd career goal in her final game (photo courtesy Gil Talbot). Scroll down to view video of the Senior Day ceremony.
CAMBRDIGE, Mass.—Visiting Columbia scored three goals in the first half and held off a strong second half by the Harvard field hockey team to hang on for a 3-1 win in the Crimson's season finale Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field.
Chloe Keating scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season in her final game for Harvard (3-14, 1-6 Ivy League). Cynthia Tassopoulos made five of her six saves in the first half, while Christie O'Hara made all six of hers for the Lions (10-7, 3-4) in the second half. Columbia held a 16-10 edge in shots, while Harvard owned a 7-6 advantage in penalty corners.
The Crimson started strong, keeping the Lions pinned in their own end for much of the first 10 minutes and got a great early scoring chance when Christy Haughey ripped a ball just wide of the left post and just out of the reach of hard-charging teammate Emma Keller.
Columbia, however, turned the tide with some offensive pressure of its own and got on the board first in the game's 13th minute. After her first shot hit the right post, Gabby Kozlowski got to her own rebound and slipped the ball over the end line.
The Lions added a second goal about six minutes later, when Carson Christus streaked toward the net to redirect in a feed from Caitlin Mullins on the left side. Julia Garrison made it 3-0 with a goal off a penalty corner just before halftime.
Harvard finished its season with an energetic second-half performance, outshooting the Lions, 9-5, and earning seven penalty corners to Columbia's three. One of those corners, in the 59th minute, led to Keating's goal. Following the stick stop, Carly Dickson slipped a pass inside to Keating, who scored from the middle of the circle.
The Crimson continued its pressure after scoring, but O'Hara made three second-half saves on Dickson, two on Haughey and one on Mariah Pewarski.