NEW YORK – A quick goal put the visiting Crimson at an early 1-0 deficit and it was unable to rebound as the Harvard field hockey team dropped its season finale, 3-0, to Columbia Friday night at the Baker Field Athletic Complex
The Crimson (8-9, 3-4 Ivy League) finished a turnaround season just short of the .500 mark, finishing fifth in the Ivy League standings. Columbia (9-8, 5-2) stayed in contention for a top-three Ivy finish.
The host Lions, celebrating Senior Day before their season finale, wasted no time taking a 1-0 lead, as Adriana de Vries scored just 38 seconds into the game past a diving Cynthia Tassopoulos. Harvard earned the first penalty corner of the game, but a strong Columbia defense kept the Crimson off the scoreboard.
Columbia doubled its lead at the 23:39 mark of the first half as Liz Malone put home a shot from close range. The Lions closed the half with an 8-4 advantage in shots.
The Lions kept up the heat to start the second stanza, firing a pair of shots on goal and earning a penalty corner in the first 15 minutes of the half. The hosts struck once again with 16:37 to play, as Anna Tichy put home a rebound off a Gabby Kozlowski shot. The Crimson managed two more shots down the stretch but was unable to get on the scoreboard as the game ended 3-0.
Tassopoulos finished the game with nine saves while Columbia goalie Christie O'Hara finished with four. Senior captain Carly Dickson led the Crimson with two shots on goal in the contest.