3-1 Win at Cornell Lifts Harvard Field Hockey to First-Place Tie

Painter scored her team-leading fifth goal and drew two corners (photo courtesy Gil Talbot). Buy Now
Painter scored her team-leading fifth goal and drew two corners (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

ITHACA, N.Y.—Georgia McGillivray recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Harvard field hockey team to a 3-1 win against Cornell Saturday afternoon at Marsha Dodson Field and lift the Crimson a tie for first place in the Ivy League standings.

Kim Goh and Noel Painter also scored to help the Crimson (7-5, 3-1 Ivy League) pull into a tie with Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton and Yale for the top spot in the Ancient Eight with three league games to play. Cynthia Tassopoulos recorded seven saves against the Big Red (5-7, 0-4).

The game was tied with barely 10 minutes left, but after Alex Botte made one of her seven saves following a Crimson penalty corner, Harvard kept the Big Red from clearing the circle. McGillivray sent the ball toward Goh, who put it past Botte for her first career tally.

Painter sealed the win when she finished off a two-on-one after a pass from Sydney Jenkins.

"We got it done," said head coach Sue Caples. "Cornell played really hard, but we played tough. We kept battling, and we found a way."

Harvard held an 8-7 edge in penalty corners, earning four in each half, with Dickson and Painter drawing two corners each. The Crimson also logged 10 shots on goal to the Big Red's eight, despite a 17-12 advantage in overall shots for the Big Red. Mariah Pewarski and Caitlin Rea intercepted several passes in the midfield.

After nearly a half of scoreless play, Botte was whistled for taking down Paige Haley on a breakaway in the final two minutes. The Crimson was awarded a penalty stroke. McGillivray took it and converted, giving Harvard a 1-0 halftime lead.

Katherine Stone evened the score at 1-1 about seven minutes into the second half, getting to a loose ball after a penalty corner and scoring.