Crimson Field Hockey Rallies Past Bryant, 2-1

Haley scored the winning goal at the 46:51 mark (photo courtesy Gil Talbot). Buy Now
Haley scored the winning goal at the 46:51 mark (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Katelin Wahl and Paige Haley scored goals less than four minutes apart to lift the Harvard field hockey team to a 2-1, come-from-behind win against Bryant Sunday afternoon at Jordan Field.

Cynthia Tassopoulos made five saves to backstop the Crimson (4-3) to its second win of the weekend and its third home victory in as many tries this season. Harvard outshot Bryant, 16-9, while the Bulldogs (4-5) held a 7-5 advantage in penalty corners. Jennifer Gullotti recorded four saves for Bryant.

Neither team found the net in the first half, as Harvard held an 8-4 edge in shots. The Crimson got good scoring chances when Emma Keller forced two stops by Gullotti with about 13 minutes left in the half and Bridget McGillivray put a hard shot on goal from the right side about four minutes later. Bryant's best opportunity came on a hard shot by Rosie Bird following a penalty corner. The Bulldogs' MaKayla Hancock also had a defensive save to keep Harvard off the board.

The Bulldogs got on the board first, off a penalty corner about six minutes into the second half. Olivia Jankins sent in a hard, low shot that Courtney Landi redirected into the top of the cage. The lead was short-lived. Two minutes later, Dickson carried the ball deep on the right side and fed Wahl in front for the first-touch finish.

The winning goal came before another four minutes had elapsed. Mariah Pewarski sent a long ball down the right sideline to transition Harvard from defense to offense. Sydney Jenkins collected the ball, sprinted forward and sent a hard pass across the circle. Noel Painter deflected it toward the left post, and Haley got a second redirection on it for the winning goal.

Haley's goal was the first of her collegiate career. Four different players have scored Harvard's four game-winning goals this season, and six different scorers accounted for the Crimson's six weekend goals in Sunday's win and Saturday's 4-1 defeat of Penn.