Harvard Field Hockey Back Home to Meet Penn, Bryant

Painter is one of four Harvard players with two goals (photo courtesy Ted Keating).
Painter is one of four Harvard players with two goals (photo courtesy Ted Keating).

Game On
The Harvard field hockey team returns home, looking to even its Ivy League record against Penn Saturday at noon at Jordan Field. The Crimson then gets a visit from Bryant on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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Last Time Out
Kyleigh Keating tallied two goals to help Harvard (2-3, 0-1 Ivy League) rally to tie twice, but Amanda Danziger scored with five seconds remaining in regulation to give Quinnipiac a 4-3 win Sunday in Hamden, Conn. Noel Painter also scored for the Crimson, while Cynthia Tassopoulos made nine saves and Molly Stansik added a defensive save.

Crimson Capsule
Bridget McGillivray and Noel Painter lead a balanced Harvard attack with five points each. They have scored two goals apiece, as have Sydney Jenkins and Kyleigh Keating. Carly Dickson and Katelin Wahl have recorded two assists each. Twenty-two players have taken the field for Harvard this season.

Cynthia Tassopoulos ranks fourth nationally with 9.4 saves per game and 18th with a .770 save percentage. She and Jenn Hatfield, who debuted by stopping each of the eight shots she faced Saturday at Yale, have Harvard tied for third in Division I with 11.4 saves per game.

History Lessons
Carly Dickson scored a goal and assisted Georgia McGillivray on another to lead the Crimson to a 2-0 win against the Quakers last season in Philadelphia. Cynthia Tassopoulos made three saves in the shutout. Harvard held an 8-7 edge in shots, but Penn owned a 5-3 corners advantage.

Harvard leads the all-time series against Penn, 19-13-2. The Quakers have won two of the last three meetings since ending a 10-game series win streak for the Crimson from 1996-2005.

Bryant is visiting Jordan Field for the third straight season. The Crimson defeated the Bulldogs, 4-2, in 2009 and, 5-2, last season. Chloe Keating '11 paced Harvard with a hat trick in last season's win, while Carly Dickson and Emma Keller each had a goal and an assist. Elise Boissoneau and Courtney Landi tallied for Bryant. Boissoneau's goal tied the game at 1-1 in the first half, before Harvard reeled off four straight goals in the second half.

Scouting the Quakers
Penn (1-5, 1-0) found the perfect time for its first win of the season, in the Quakers' Ivy Legaue opener against Cornell last weekend. A second-half goal by Emily Corcoran was enough, as Kieran Sweeney made nine saves and MaryRose Croddick had a defensive save in the 1-0 win. Corcoran leads the squad with five points and two goals this season.

Scouting the Bulldogs
Bryant (3-4) has won three of its last four games, including a 3-2 victory at Brown in its last contest. Kayleigh Ballantyne scored the tie-breaking goal with less than 15 minutes remaining. Rosie Bird also scored against the Bears and has a team-high 16 points and seven goals. Ballantyne has seven goals, while Emily Charpentier paces the squad with three assists.

Around the League
Dartmouth, which opened Ivy play with a 2-1 win against Princeton, visits Brown Saturday. The Tigers look to rebound against Yale, while Columbia looks to build on last week's 3-1 win against Brown when it visits Cornell.