Trip to No. 2 Princeton Saturday Up Next for Field Hockey

Trip to No. 2 Princeton Saturday Up Next for Field Hockey

Kaitlyn Boudah has appeared in all 12 games for the Crimson this season and has registered one goal and one assist (photo Gil Talbot).

 The Harvard field hockey team will play its first road game since Sept. 29, when the squad travels to No. 3 Princeton Saturday.

About Harvard
The Crimson (3-9, 1-3 Ivy League) has dropped four straight games after winning at Brown, 1-0, Sept. 29. Nine Harvard players have scored the team's 14 goals this season, including a team-high four from sophomore Noel Painter. Classmate Caitlin Rea has provided four assists this season to rank first on the team. Senior Emma Keller and junior Rachael Rosenfeld have also tallied multiple goals with two apiece. In the cage, Cynthia Tassopoulos has received a majority of the playing time and brings a 3-7 record to Princeton. Tassopoulos has saved .753 percent of shots, while allowing 2.26 goals per game.

Last Time Out
Cornell spoiled the Crimson's chance to move into the top four of the Ivy League standings by beating Harvard, 4-0, Oct. 13. The Crimson outshot Cornell, 9-8, in the second half and gained an equal number of corners, 6-6, throughout the game, but failed to get a shot past Carolyn Horner, the Big Red's goalie. Hannah Balleza and Taylor Standiford led Cornell with two goals each.

D the Key
In each of Harvard's three wins this season the team's defense has been the driving reason for success. The Crimson has produced two shutouts, versus Holy Cross and Brown, while allowing 0.33 goals per game in wins. Harvard boasts a .955 save percentage during victories.

Tassopoulos in the Rankings

Senior co-captain Cynthia Tassopoulos ranks among the nation's best in the three major statistical categories for goalies. Tassopoulos is 16th in saves per game (7.0), 23rd in save percentage (.753), and 46th in goals against average (2.26). The Dallas, Texas, native also ranks third on Harvard's all-time charts with 490 career saves.

About No. 3 Princeton
The Tigers (11-1, 4-0 Ivy League) have shutout three consecutive Ivy League opponents en route to first place in the conference standings. Princeton is riding a four-game winning streak dating back to Sept. 23 when the team suffered its only loss of the year, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of then-No. 2 Syracuse. Senior Kathleen Sharkey, who took last season off to train with the U.S. National Team, is the team's, and nation's, leading scorer with 4.0 points per game. The three-time All-American and 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year also leads the country in goals per game (1.74). In the cage, junior Christina Maida has an 11-1 record with a 1.30 goals against average and .705 save percentage.

All-Time Series
Princeton has won the last 18 meetings between the two schools to pull ahead in the all-time series, 5-33-2. Harvard's last win over the Tigers came in 1993, while the team's last victory in Princeton, N.J., was in 1990. Last season, Princeton dispatched Harvard, 4-1, with the Crimson's lone score coming from Noel Painter on an assist from Rachael Rosenfeld.

Up Next
After Saturday, the Crimson will have three games remaining on its slate. Harvard travels to Dartmouth (Oct. 27) and Vermont (Oct. 28) before returning home Nov. 3 to face Columbia.