Games Against Cornell, New Hampshire Ahead for Field Hockey

Games Against Cornell, New Hampshire Ahead for Field Hockey

Elizabeth Warner and the Crimson have won six of their last seven games (Gil Talbot).



Series Record
Last Meeting

Series Record
Last Meeting

Harvard (7-3, 2-1) at Cornell (7-4, 2-1)
Saturday, Oct. 17 - 12 p.m.
Dodson Field
Ivy League Digital Network
Live Stats
Harvard leads, 25-12-4
W, 2-1 (Oct. 18, 2014)

Harvard vs. New Hampshire (5-7)
Sunday, Oct. 18 - 2 p.m.
Harvard Field Hockey Stadium
Ivy League Digital Network
Scott Sudikoff, Nick Koop
Live Stats
Harvard trails, 12-21-1
L, 0-1 (Oct. 19, 2014)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A busy weekend lies ahead for the Harvard field hockey team (7-3, 2-1 Ivy), as it will travel to Cornell (7-4, 2-1 Ivy) for an Ivy League showdown Saturday, Oct. 17 at 12 p.m. before playing host to New Hampshire (5-7) Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m.

Where We Stand
Saturday's game in Ithaca is an important one for both the Crimson and Big Red, as the squads are tied for third in the Ivy League standings with their 2-1 records. Penn and No. 19 Princeton sit atop the conference standings with 3-0 records. The Quakers and Tigers will each play one in-conference and one out-of-conference game this weekend. Penn visits Columbia Friday and Bucknell Sunday, while Princeton travels to Brown Saturday and No. 1 Syracuse Sunday.

Scouting Harvard
The Crimson have been one of the hottest teams over the last month, winning six of its last seven games. The last time out, Harvard recovered from a slow start in the first half against Brown, to post four second half goals, downing the Bears, 4-2. The win was the first over Brown for the Crimson since Sept. 29, 2012.

A key factor in the success for the Crimson has been its lock-down defense. Harvard leads the Ivy League in goals-against average, giving up just 1.79 per game. Senior netminder Issy Davies has been stingy all season against opposing offenses, posting a personal 1.75 GAA, tops in the Ivy League.

Winner, Winner
Elizabeth Jacobson lifted the Crimson to victory last weekend against the Bears, scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals off penalty corners. The game-winner against Brown was the fourth of the year, tying Jacobson for second in the Crimson record books for game-winning goals in one season. The two goals also gave Jacobson eight tallies during her senior year, a new career-best for the Branchburg, New Jersey native.

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Junior Marissa Balleza has been a constant force for the Crimson since her arrival on campus in 2013. With a goal and assist last Saturday, Balleza eclipsed the 20-point plateau for the third straight season. She has a team-high nine goals through 10 games, supported by four assists, which matches her career-best.  

Chasing the Record Books
Marissa Balleza, Elizabeth Jacobson and Ellie Cookson are climbing their way among the Harvard record books. For the complete record book, click here.

Goals, Career
1. Judy Collins '99 – 43
T2. Kate Martin '83 – 33
T2. Shelley Maasdorp '05 – 33
4. Sarah Mleczko '80 - 32
T5. Kate McDavitt '04 – 30
T5. Marissa Balleza '17 – 30

Game-winning goals, Season
1. Shelley Maasdorp '05 – 9
T2. Marissa Balleza '17 – 4
T2. Elizabeth Jacobson '16 - 4

Game-winning goals, Career
1. Shelley Maasdorp '05 – 17
2. Chloe Keating '11 – 10
3. Mina Pell '04 – 8
T4. Marissa Balleza '17 – 7
T4. Elizabeth Jacobson '16 - 7

Points, Career
1. Judy Collins '99 – 102
4. Kate McDavitt '04 - 73
5. Noel Painter '15 – 71
T6. Marissa Balleza '17 – 70
T6. Mina Pell '04 - 70
8. Sarah Mleczko '80 – 68
9. Jen McDavitt '06 – 65
T10. Charlotte Joslin '90 – 57
T10. Kate Nagle '01 - 57
Elizabeth Jacobson '16 - 56

Assists, Career
T1. Ceci Clark '92 – 26
T1. Jen Ahn '04 – 26
10. Dominique Kalil '00 – 16
Ellie Cookson '16 – 14
Elizabeth Jacobson '16 - 14

Scouting Cornell
The Big Red won both its games last weekend and is winners in three of its last four that include triumphs over Columbia and Yale in Ivy League play. The victories helped keep Cornell in the top half of the Ivy League standings after losing its conference opener in overtime at Penn Sept. 25.

Cornell ranks first in the Ancient Eight in shutouts this season with five, bolstered by a stretch of four-straight blank sheets in mid-September. Big Red goalkeeper Kelly Johnson is third in the conference with a 2.01 GAA. Sophomore Krysten Mayers sets the tone on offense, registering 11 goals and 25 points. Senior Marisa Siergiej is second on the Big Red with six goals and 14 points.

Series History vs. Cornell
Harvard captured a 2-1 victory last season, getting first half goals from Catriona McDonald '15 and Noel Painter '15. The Crimson staved off Cornell's late charge, limiting the Big Red to a single goal from Marisa Siergiej in the 51st minute. Dating back to 1976, Harvard holds a 25-12-4 advantage in the all-time series.

Scouting New Hampshire
The Wildcats split a pair of games last weekend, topping fellow America East member Vermont, 3-1, before being downed by No. 13 Boston College, 4-2. UNH is set for another two-game weekend, traveling to Maine for an America East contest Friday and then journey down to Cambridge Sunday for its last out-of-conference matchup of the year against the Crimson.

Junior Lindsey Nerbonne leads the Wildcats with seven goals, while senior Meg Flatley is second with five scores and two assists. Junior Jackie Hozza is leading UNH with three helpers. Sophomore Melissa Rize has played every minute of the season in goal for UNH, starting all 12 games with a 2.90 GAA, .620 save percentage and one shutout.

Series History vs. New Hampshire
New Hampshire has had the upperhand in this series of late, winning the last six meetings, four of which by just one goal. Since the first meeting between UNH and Harvard in 1978, the Wildcats have a 21-12-1 advantage in the all-time series.