Sarah Finnemore and the Crimson face Northeastern and Colgate this weekend (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard field hockey will look to get back to its winning ways this weekend, facing nearby rival Northeastern on the road Friday before hosting Colgate Sunday afternoon. Harvard and Northeastern will square off at Dedham Field at 5 p.m. Friday, while Colgate will visit Harvard Field Hockey Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m.
Sunday's game at home is the last at Harvard Field Hockey Stadium for the Crimson in the month of September, before finishing out the opening month of the season at Yale and UMass Lowell. Harvard fans will make up the difference in October, hosting seven home contests leading up to Halloween.
Harvard begins the third weekend of the season with a 1-2 record, sandwiching a 5-2 win over Bryant between losses at Holy Cross and Maine. The two games this weekend against Northeastern and Colgate will serve as the final tune-up before the Ivy opener at Yale Saturday, Sept. 26.
Although goals have been at a premium for the Crimson early this season, they continue to attack the cage, averaging 10.3 shots per contest with 58 percent of those on goal.
Through the first three games of the year, Elizabeth Jacobson remains atop the Ivy League statistical ranking with 1.0 assists per game. That marks also ranks third in the nation. In the Crimson's most recent game at Maine, Jacobson scored her first goal of the season to give her five points on the year. Among the most accurate attackers on the team, Jacobson has placed all five of her shot attempts this season on net.
With 11 saves against Maine last Sunday, Issy Davies set a new career-record for single game saves, surpassing her previous mark of nine set last season also against the Black Bears. Davies is averaging 5.33 stops per game, placing her fifth in the Ancient Eight and 28th in the nation.
Following its first two wins of the season at Providence and Dartmouth, the Huskies dropped their most recent outing, a 1-0 shutout at the hands of New Hampshire. Northeastern opened the season with three-straight losses to ranked opponents, beginning with a loss to No. 1 Connecticut and followed with defeats to No. 12 Northwestern and No. 20 Massachusetts.
Junior Natalie Stewart and Sophomore Kristin Abreau lead the Huskies with two goals apiece thus far, with Stewart holding the points lead at six with a team-best two helpers. Junior Becky Garner has started all six games for Northeastern, posting a 2.49 goals-against average and a .722 save percentage.
The Raiders enter the weekend winless at 0-6 in 2015 and will take on Holy Cross Saturday before Sunday's matchup with Harvard. Colgate has managed just five goals in its six games and has been shutout in two of its last three contests, including a 3-0 loss to St. Francis its last time out. Each of Colgate's goals has come in the second half of its games.
Sophomore Molly Klare has been responsible for two of the Raiders' goals this season, while senior Jessica Gardiner has another with two assists. Sophomore Maria Krull has started each game this season, giving up on average 4.23 goals per game with a .747 save percentage on 149 shots faced.
Ivy League Digital Network
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Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.
Next Time Out
Next weekend the Crimson hits the road for its first Ivy League game at Yale Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. Harvard remains on the road Sunday at UMass Lowell for a 3 p.m. showdown. Last season, Harvard beat both teams at home, downing Yale, 4-1, and UMass Lowell, 6-0.