Red-Hot Crimson Field Hockey, No. 7 Cardinal Meet Saturday, in Pink

Georgia McGillivray led a strong Crimson defense and scored a key goal last weekend (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
Georgia McGillivray led a strong Crimson defense and scored a key goal last weekend (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

Game On
Riding a four-game win streak and unbeaten at home, the Harvard field hockey faces No. 7 Stanford at noon on Jordan Field. The Crimson will be participating in the Play 4 the Cure campaign to raise awareness and money to fight breast cancer.

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Play 4 the Cure
The Crimson will be wearing pink wristbands and warming up in pink shirts as part of the Play 4 the Cure effort for field hockey teams around the country to raise money and awareness to combat breast cancer. Fans can donate to help cancer research at the game and can read more at the Play 4 the Cure website.

Last Time Out
Sydney Jenkins scored just 37 seconds into overtime to lift Harvard to a 2-1 victory against Vermont Sunday. The Crimson held a 23-8 edge in shots and dominated possession throughout the first half and early second half, but the Catamounts got on the board first in the game's 51st minute. Georgia McGillivray tied the game less than seven minutes later.

No Place Like Home
Harvard honored the 1991 Ivy-championship Crimson squad last weekend, and that group was the last Harvard team—before this year—to win its first five home games. The 1991 Crimson finished 9-0-1 at home and 13-3-2 overall. 

On a Roll
The Crimson's four-game win streak is its longest since winning four in a row in 2008. Noel Painter has registered a point in each of those wins. She has two goals and three assists in that span and three goals and three helpers in the last five games.

Dial 8-1-1
Cynthia Tassopoulos ranks fifth nationally with a save percentage of .811 and ninth with 8.11 saves per game. She owns a 1.93 goals-against average.

Crimson Capsule
Noel Painter leads a balanced Harvard offense with four goals and 12 points and shares the team assists lead at four with Carly Dickson. Three players have scored three goals each, and three more have scored twice. Six different players have netted the Crimson's six game-winning goals.

History Lesson
The Crimson defeated Stanford, 1-0, in 1998, and Stanford won, 6-0, a year ago in California.

Scouting the Cardinal
Stanford enters with an eight-game win streak of its own that includes three victories against ranked opponents. The Cardinal's only loss came Aug. 29 at No. 4 Connecticut, 4-2. Becky Dru has guided the Stanford attack with nine goals and 19 points. Hope Burke has four goals and six assists, while Stephanie Byrne has logged a team-high eight assists. Ale Moss owns a 1.67 goals-against average and .667 save percentage.

Next Up: Northeastern
The Crimson has Sunday off from competition before making the short trip to take on local rival Northeastern Monday at 2 p.m.