Freshman Dina Sinno has appeared in nine of Harvard's 10 games this season (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team will play its second straight non-conference opponent when Bucknell travels to Cambridge Oct. 7.
The Crimson (3-7), which is on a two-game slide after winning two straight, is led by the sophomore tandem of Caitlin Rea and Noel Painter. Rea has four assists to lead the team, while Painter has found the back of the cage four times. Painter has also contributed two helpers to gain the team lead in points with 10.
Last Time Out
Harvard fell into a 4-0 hole in the first half against No. 8 Northeastern Oct. 4 and came up short despite owning advantages in shots and corners in the second stanza. The Crimson tallied 11 shots after the break, including seven on goal, but could not find the back of the cage until Kim Goh broke the shutout on a penalty stroke goal with six minutes remaining. Goh's first score of the year was Harvard's only goal of the night, as the Crimson eventually fell, 4-1.
In the Cage
Cynthia Tassopoulos has started eight of Harvard's 10 games in goal and owns a 3-5 record with a 1.96 goals against average. The senior co-captain entered the week ranked near the top of the national charts in three categories. She was 25th in goals against average (1.67), 13th in saves per game (7.71) and fifth in save percentage (.818).
Tassopoulos was featured in Harvard's September edition of "Top Plays," which can be viewed here. The Crimson's goalie had a magnificent diving save against Yale that earned her the No. 9 spot on the list.
Defense Leads the Way
In Harvard wins, the Crimson has an outstanding 0.33 goals against average. Two of its wins, against Holy Cross and Brown, have come via shutout and only Bryant has held a lead before Harvard emerged victorious. The Crimson has made 21 saves in those three contests, including two defensive saves, while allowing just one goal for a .955 save percentage.
The Bison (6-6) have been a second half team this season. Bucknell has outscored its opponents, 20-12, in the second frame compared to a 12-10 disadvantage during the first 35 minutes. The team's goalies have also come up with 41 saves in the second half against 28 prior to intermission. Junior Erica Perrine has played all but 13 minutes in the cage for Bucknell and boasts a 2.10 goals against average while saving .716 percent of shots. Senior Tayler Siegrist and junior Rachel Misko have paced the Bison offense with seven goals and five goals, respectively, while sophomore Amie Pritchard leads the team in assists with seven.
Harvard and Bucknell met for the first time on the field hockey pitch last season. The Bison emerged victorious with a 3-0 triumph over the Crimson at Jordan Field.
The Crimson hosts Cornell Oct. 13 in the last matchup of its four-game homestand.