McGillivrays' OT Connection Lifts Crimson Field Hockey Past Lafayette, 3-2

The Crimson celebrates the winning goal.
The Crimson celebrates the winning goal.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Bridget McGillivray scored in overtime to seal a 3-2 win for the Harvard field hockey team against Lafayette Sunday afternoon at Jordan Field, giving the Crimson a win in its home opener and a sweep of its first weekend of games.

McGillivray redirected a shot from older sister Georgia high into the cage in the 11th minute of overtime, finishing off a dominant period for the Crimson (2-0). Harvard outshot Lafayette (0-2) by a 6-2 margin in the extra session and held a 3-1 edge in overtime penalty corners.

Freshmen Noel Painter and Sydney Jenkins scored first-half goals for Harvard while Cynthia Tassopoulos made nine saves and helped hold off the Leopards in the second half. Mara Kish logged 10 saves for Lafayette, which led in total shots, 21-20. The Leopards held a 14-10 advantage in corners.

Lafayette struck first, after 10 minutes of play in the opening half, as Kelsey Mead got behind the Crimson defense and slipped the ball under Tassopoulos as the Crimson goalie came out to challenge. It took Painter less than four minutes to even the score. She hopped on the rebound of a Georgia McGillivray corner shot and sent the ball over Kish for her first collegiate tally.

Jenkins netted her second goal in as many collegiate games at 20:55 of the first half. Carly Dickson sent in a shot off a corner, and it was deflected on goal. Bridget McGillivray directed the ball across the front of the goal to Jenkins for the finish at the right post. The Leopards looked destined to tie the game six minutes before halftime, but Tassopoulos came through with a big save on Kristin Heaney.

The Leopards picked up their pressure in the second half, earning eight corners. Tassopoulos and the Crimson held them off the board until the final 10 minutes of regulation, when Carolyn Gabrey deflected in a shot from Maria Machalick off a corner.

The Crimson nearly ended the game in regulation. On a penalty corner as time expired, Dickson fired a shot on net and Harvard put in the rebound. The game went on to overtime, however, after the Crimson was whistled for a foul, negating the would-be goal.