Harvard begins Ivy action at Yale Saturday (Gil Talbot).
Harvard (3-2) at Yale (2-3)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Winners of its last two games, the Harvard field hockey team returns to the pitch this weekend for a pair of games on the road. The Crimson opens Ivy League play Saturday at archrival Yale at 1 p.m. and follow that up with a 3 p.m. matchup Sunday at UMass Lowell.
The Crimson is coming off a pair of dominant performances last weekend, shutting out Northeastern on the road and Colgate at home. Harvard's offense has found its stride of late, rifling off 52 shots, with 35 of those landing on net, in the two victories.
This weekend wraps up a stretch to start the season in which Harvard has played five of seven games on the road. Beginning October 3, the Crimson will only leave Cambridge for one game during the month of October, a matchup in Ithaca, New York at Cornell on Oct. 17. The rest of the month sees the Crimson welcome seven opponents to the Harvard Field Hockey Stadium. The home stretch begins with Penn and Fairfield Oct. 4 and 5, respectively.
Harvard posted consecutive shutouts for the first time since the beginning of the 2005 season last weekend. Issy Davies notched the second shutout of her career against Northeastern Sept. 18 and then played the first half, giving way to Olivia Startup in the second half of the Crimson's shutout against Colgate Sept. 20. Harvard last had consecutive shutouts when it opened the 2005 season with four straight blank sheets.
1. Judy Collins '99 – 43
5. Kate McDavitt '04 – 30
6. Noel Painter '15 – 27
7. Marissa Balleza '17 – 26
Game-winning goals, Career
1. Shelley Maasdorp '05 – 17
2. Chloe Keating '11 – 10
3. Mina Pell '04 – 8
4. Marissa Balleza '17 – 7
T5. Elizabeth Jacobson '16 - 5
1. Judy Collins '99 – 102
7. Sarah Mleczko '80 – 68
8. Jen McDavitt '65
9. Marissa Balleza '17 – 58
T1. Ceci Clark '92 – 26
T1. Jen Ahn '04 – 26
10. Dominique Kalil '00 – 16
Ellie Cookson '16 – 13
The Bulldogs enter the weekend sporting a 2-3 record, just one win shy of its win total all of last season when it finished 3-14 and at the bottom of the Ivy League standings. This year, Yale has triumphs over Sacred Heart and Bryant, both at home on Johnson Field. The last time out, Yale was shut out, 5-0, by No. 2 Syracuse despite goalkeeper Emilie Katz making 21 saves.
For the season, Katz holds an .810 save percentage and a 2.14 goals-against mark, playing all 359:56 for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Carol Middough has been the player to watch for Yale offensively, scoring five of the team's six goals this season and accounting for 10 of its 15 points. Freshman Evagelia Toffoloni earned credit for Yale's only other tally.
Harvard leads the all-time series against the Bulldogs, 21-15-7, including winning the last two meetings. In 2013 the Crimson beat the Bulldogs, 3-2, in New Haven and then came out ahead, 4-1, at home last season.
Scouting UMass Lowell
The River Hawks make a trip north on Saturday to face New Hampshire before hosting the Crimson Sunday at Cushing Field. UMass Lowell, 6-13 last season, is already 5-2 with wins over Ivy League members Dartmouth and Brown. Its last time out though, Lowell suffered a 3-2 setback at Hofstra Sept. 18.
Freshman Torrie Huk leads the River Hawks with five goals and 11 points. Junior Georgia Cowderoy is next up with three goals and eight points. Sophomore Kelsey Federico has played every minute in net this season, with a 2.00 GAA and a .736 save percentage.
Harvard and Lowell have met four times on the field hockey turf with the Crimson winning all four matchups via shutout, holding a 23-0 scoring margin.