Pictured: Caitlin Rea sent in the ball to set up Harvard's goal (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Princeton scored twice in each half to defeat the Harvard field hockey team, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field in a matchup of two teams tied for first place in the Ivy League standings.
Allison Evans scored twice to help the Tigers (7-7, 4-1 Ivy League) remained tied for first, alongside Columbia, which defeated Dartmouth. Noel Painter scored for Harvard (7-6, 3-2), while Cynthia Tassopoulos made 10 saves and Carly McNeill added a defensive save.
Much of the early action in the first half took place in the midfield, and neither team scored in the first 19 minutes. Princeton gained momentum in the middle of the period by drawing several penalty corners. Evans gave the Tigers the lead with a shot from the left side that deflected off a stick and into the goal. Amanda Bird made it 2-0 on a penalty corner.
Harvard got off to a strong start after the break, earning some chances to cut into the Princeton lead. Kyleigh Keating put a shot past Princeton goalie Christina Maida but just wide of the left post. It was again Evans scoring first. After Tassopoulos stopped her first attempt, Evans flipped in a high shot from wide on the right side.
Rachel Neufeld made it 4-0 after collecting the rebound of a Molly Goodman shot in front of the goal and scoring at 45:48. Just two minutes later, Painter netted her team-leading sixth goal. The Crimson did not score on a penalty corner but maintained possession, and Caitlin Rea sent a ball toward the cage from the right side. Rachael Rosenfeld redirected it across the goalmouth, and Painter knocked it out of the air and in to get Harvard on the board.