Jacobson notched her second goal of the season (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Elizabeth Jacobson gave the Harvard field hockey team a second life with a game-tying goal late in the second half, but the Crimson eventually dropped the Ivy League contest, 2-1, to Brown in overtime at Jordan Field Saturday afternoon. The Bears found the back of the cage just 2:59 minutes into overtime for a sudden victory.
Harvard (2-5, 1-2 Ivy League) and Brown (4-5, 1-2 Ivy League) played an even, scoreless first half. The Crimson had multiple opportunities to score in the first 35 minutes, outshooting the Bears, 8-2, with four chances on penalty corners, but was unable to capitalize as junior Shannon McSweeny and the Brown defense kept Harvard off the scoreboard. McSweeny turned away five shots while the Bears totaled two blocks. Senior Bridget McGillivray's two shots on goal led the Crimson attack in the first stanza.
Senior Jenn Hatfield made two saves in the first half, including a brilliant diving effort on what looked like a sure goal for Brown junior Meghan O'Donnell who broke away from the pack and fired a shot early in the opening frame.
The Crimson delivered constant pressure in the second half, gaining momentum and chances throughout, but the Bears got on the scoreboard first. Sophomore Alexis Miller put Brown ahead with 19 minutes to play in the second frame after Harvard gave up back-to-back penalty corners. Hatfield was pulled out of position on the second corner and Miller, who was in front of the cage, tipped the ball in for her third goal of the season for the Bears.
Harvard used its sixth penalty corner of the day to even the score. Junior Noel Painter inserted the ball off a penalty corner with just 6:18 remaining in regulation, where it was stopped by senior Caroline McNeill who faked the shot and passed to Jacobson who fired the ball straight to the cage and past Brown's McSweeney to knot the score at 1-1.
The Crimson had a chance to claim the victory with zeros on the clock. Jacobson put a shot on target, but Sweeney turned the ball away to send the game to overtime.
In OT, freshman Kyla Cordrey took Harvard's lone attempt, which was turned away by McSweney. O'Donnell took the ball down the length of the field 30 seconds later and pulled Hatfield out of the cage on the right. Hatfield dove to stop O'Donnell's attempt, but went too soon as O'Donnell passed to sophomore Hannah Rogers who was positioned on the left and tapped the ball in for the victory.
Harvard held advantages in shots, 15-10, and penalty corners, 7-3. Hatfield made five saves.
The Crimson returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 9 for a non-conference midweek matchup against UMass Lowell at Cushing Field Complex at 7 p.m.