The Crimson has its sights set on a key Ivy win Saturday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard field hockey team welcomes Princeton for a battle of teams tied for first place in the Ivy League Saturday at noon at Jordan Field and hosts a non-league encounter with Colgate Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Title Hunt
Five teams enter their final three Ivy League games tied for first place at 3-1. There is another first-place matchup Saturday in Hanover, N.H., where Dartmouth hosts Columbia. Yale, the other tied team, visits Penn Sunday.
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Last Time Out
Georgia McGillivray recorded a goal and an assist to lead Harvard (7-5, 3-1 Ivy League) to a 3-1 win at Cornell last weekend. Kim Goh scored her first collegiate goal to put the Crimson back on top after the Big Red tied the score in the second half. Noel Painter added a late insurance tally, and Cynthia Tassopoulos made seven saves.
The Crimson leads the nation in save percentage at .836. Individually, Cynthia Tassopoulos ranks as the fourth-toughest goalie to beat, with a save percentage of .822. Jenn Hatfield has stopped all eight shots to come her way. Tassopoulos also ranks eighth nationally with 8.83 saves per game. Her goals-against average is 1.95.
Harvard continues to thrive with a balanced offense. Noel Painter's goal at Cornell was her team-leading fifth of the year, while four other players have scored three goals, three have netted two and four have tallied one. Painter leads the squad with 14 points and, with four assists, shares the team lead with Carly Dickson.
Princeton defeated Harvard, 4-0, last season in New Jersey, and the Crimson is seeking its first win against the Tigers since 1993. Three of the teams' last four meetings at Jordan Field have been decided by one goal, including overtime wins for Princeton in 2005 and '07.
The Crimson and Raiders have not met since 1977. In that game, the only meeting between the schools, each team scored once but Colgate won on a tie-breaker to advance in the EAIAW tournament.
Scouting the Tigers
Princeton (4-6, 3-1) has struggled to put up wins against a difficult non-league schedule that has included five games against top-10 teams. The Tigers earned a 4-3 win against No. 6 Penn State and have Ivy victories against Yale, Columbia and Brown. Sydney Kirby (seven goals, eight assists) leads Princeton with 20 points, while Allison Evans (eight goals, three assists) has 19. Christina Maida owns a 2.29 goals-against average and .649 save percentage.
Scouting the Raiders
Before visiting Cambridge, Colgate (5-9) takes on Holy Cross in a Patriot League game Saturday. The Raiders will look to improve their offensive output after totaling three goals in their last four games, three losses and a 1-0 win at Cornell. Laura Dittman and Olivia Nabhan pace Colgate with identical totals of five goals, two assists and 12 points. Amanda DiDomizio owns a 3.46 goals-against average and .747 save percentage. Three of her five wins have come by shutout.