’Dogs, ’Cats Await Harvard Field Hockey on Ivy-Opening Road Trip

Dickson has scored goals in two of her previous three games against the rival Bulldogs (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
Dickson has scored goals in two of her previous three games against the rival Bulldogs (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

The Harvard field hockey team begins Ivy League play when it visits rival Yale Saturday afternoon and completes its weekend in southern Connecticut with a nonconference tilt Sunday at Quinnipiac.

The Crimson and Bulldogs will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Field in New Haven, Conn. Harvard takes on the Bobcats at 2 p.m. Sunday at the QU Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field in nearby Hamden.

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Last Time Out
Harvard (2-1) suffered its first loss of the year, 3-0, Saturday at Massachusetts. Cynthia Tassopoulos made 13 saves for the Crimson, and Carly McNeill added a defensive save.

Crimson Capsule
Bridget McGillivray leads the Crimson with five points through three games this season. She and Sydney Jenkins share the team goal-scoring lead with two each. Jenkins scored a goal in each of her first two collegiate games and was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week Sept. 6, the same day McGillivray was recognized as Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week.

Cynthia Tassopoulos ranks fifth in NCAA Division I with a save percentage of .839. The junior also ranks ninth nationally in saves per game (8.67) and 20th in goals-against average (1.59).

History Lesson
It's only fitting that Harvard and its most famous rival have played some of the Crimson's most thrilling games in recent years. The last seven matchups have been decided by one goal, with Harvard winning three of those contests. Carly Dickson lifted the Crimson to a 1-0 win on a second-half penalty stroke in 2008 and had a goal and an assist a year later, when the Bulldogs held on for a 4-3 win in New Haven.

In last season's meeting at Jordan Field, Yale's Mia Rosati scored the game's only goal with four minutes remaining. Emily Cain made two saves for the shutout, while Cynthia Tassopoulos stopped six shots. Harvard holds a 19-8-5 lead in the all-time series.

The only previous meeting between Harvard and Quinnipiac was a 1-0 Crimson win in 1999.

Scouting the Bulldogs
The only win Yale (1-3) has registered so far was a 5-3 victory Saturday at Hofstra, but two of the Bulldogs' losses, including a 3-2 loss to Quinnipiac in penalty strokes, were tie games after regulation. Erin Carter was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Tuesday, after totaling three goals and two assists in last weekend's win against the Pride and 4-3 overtime loss Sunday at Albany. She leads Yale with 11 points, four goals and three assists, while Mia Rosati has five points. Emily Cain owns a 2.64 goals-against average and .778 save percentage.

Scouting the Bobcats
Quinnipiac (3-2) is coming off a 6-1 loss to No. 6 Penn State but put up a half-dozen goals of its own two days earlier, in a 6-0 shutout at Colgate. The Bobcats also have a 6-2 win against Holy Cross to their credit. Jess Rusin paces Quinnipiac with nine points and four goals. Kaitlyn Notarianni has eight points, while Megan McCreedy has logged a team-high three assists. Nicole Lewis has played all five games in the cage and sports a 2.95 goals-against average and .733 save percentage.