Painter, Rea Guide Crimson Field Hockey Past Colgate in OT, 3-2

Painter leads Harvard with eight goals and 20 points (photo courtesy Ted Keating).
Painter leads Harvard with eight goals and 20 points (photo courtesy Ted Keating).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Caitlin Rea scored a goal and assisted fellow freshman Noel Painter on two others—including the overtime game-winner—as the Harvard field hockey team came from behind to top Colgate, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Jordan Field.

The winning goal came on the first shot of overtime, just 76 seconds into the extra session. After Colgate (6-10) was whistled for a yellow card, the Crimson (8-6) restarted play near midfield, and Rea dribbled the ball up the right side, nearly all the way to the goal line. She then passed across to Painter in front for a one-time shot.

Cynthia Tassopoulos and Colgate counterpart Amanda DiDomizio made nine saves each. Harvard outshot Colgate, 25-14, and earned a 14-9 advantage in penalty corners. The Crimson improved to 3-0 against Patriot League teams, 3-0 in overtime and 6-2 at home this season.

Rea's first collegiate goal got Harvard on the board 16 minutes into the game, beating DiDomizio with a shot from the middle of the circle after dribbling in from the midfield. The Crimson managed 11 first-half shots to Colgate's four and held a 5-2 edge in corners in the period but could not add to its lead.

The Raiders equalized quickly after halftime, with Lauren Dittman scoring off a penalty corner less than three minutes into the second half. They later added another goal following another corner. Tassopoulos stopped the initial shot by Dittman and dove to her left to make an outstanding save on Anna Reddicliffe, but Halle Biggar put in the second rebound.

It took the Crimson a mere 44 seconds to respond. Katelyn Wahl brought the ball into the right side of the circle and put a shot on goal. The ball was kicked away to Rea, who sent it down low to Painter for the finish.

Both teams got chances before the end of regulation. The last came on a penalty corner for Colgate in the final seconds, but the Crimson did not allow the Raiders to get off a shot. Harvard held advantages of 9-6 in penalty corners and 13-10 in shots in the second half.