Second-Half Outburst Gives Field Hockey 4-0 Win at Holy Cross

Second-Half Outburst Gives Field Hockey 4-0 Win at Holy Cross

Finnemore provided half the scoring for Harvard on Friday (photo courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications).

Four second-half goals, including two from freshman Sarah Finnemore, led the Harvard field hockey team to a 4-0 win at Holy Cross Friday night. Junior Noel Painter and sophomore Elizabeth Jacobson also scored in the Crimson's first win of the year.

Finnemore opened the scoring in the 51st minute and the Crimson (1-2) quickly added three more in the next 15 minutes to close out the win.

The game was closely contested in shots, but Jenn Hatfield made six saves to keep the Crusaders (1-2) off the board for her first career shutout.

Harvard owned a 5-4 advantage in shots in the first 35 minutes and the teams were even, 1-1, in penalty corners. The second half provided back-and-forth action once again, with shots at 6-5 in favor of Holy Cross, but the Crimson shots proved devastatingly affective.

After Finnemore's goal from the left to make it 1-0, Painter scored her first of the year less than five minutes later. Finnemore made it 3-0 with her third of the season at 59:44 after an assist from fellow newcomer Marissa Balleza and Elizabeth Jacobson capped the scoring in the 65th minute on a lofted shot from the top of the circle.

Finnemore's three goals mark the most by a freshman in a season since Painter's eight in 2011.

Harvard's four goals equal last year's season high.

The Crimson is back in action next Saturday at archrival Yale. The game in New Haven, Conn., is slated for a 1 p.m. start.