Last-Minute Goal Gives Quinnipiac 4-3 Win Against Harvard Field Hockey

Keating recorded Harvard's first two-goal game of the season (photo courtesy Ted Keating).
Keating recorded Harvard's first two-goal game of the season (photo courtesy Ted Keating).

HAMDEN, Conn.—Kyleigh Keating tallied two goals to help the Harvard field hockey team rally to tie twice, but Amanda Danziger scored with five seconds remaining in regulation to give Quinnipiac a 4-3 win against the Crimson Sunday afternoon at the QU Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field.

Keating's first collegiate goal started a Crimson comeback from a 2-0 first-half deficit, and her second tied the game at 3-3with less than nine minutes left in the second half. Danziger spoiled the second comeback by corraling a long pass from Maria Malonoski in front of the Harvard cage and scoring at the 69:55 mark.

"It was as an awesome game, and we bounced back twice," said Harvard head coach Sue Caples. "The loss was gut-wrenching, but there were a lot of positives. We feel good about the way we played. We played our best game so far; now we just need to play it for 70 minutes."

Noel Painter also scored for Harvard (2-3), while Carly Dickson and Katelin Wahl recorded assists and Cynthia Tassopoulos made nine saves. Molly Stansik registered a defensive save. Kimberly Cunniff and Megan McCreedy each logged a goal and an assist for the Bobcats (5-2). Nicole Lewis made seven saves for Quinnipiac, which held advantages of 19-11 in shots and 8-5 in penalty corners.

The Bobcats appeared to be in control with goals by Cunniff and McCreedy following penalty corners in the fifth and 25th minutes of the first half, respectively. Keating and Painter, however, evened the score before halftime with goals just 29 seconds apart. A Dickson pass set up Keating's goal.

Jess Rusin put Quinnipiac back on top at the 42:48 mark. Tassopoulos stopped her first shot on a breakaway, but Rusin shot the rebound over the Harvard goalie and into the cage. Keating again rallied the Crimson, netting a beautiful goal at 61:22. Wahl sent the ball to the far post, where Keating tipped it in as she was being knocked to the ground.