Kathleen Young scored Harvard's goal in the first half Saturday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team (7-6, 2-3 Ivy) led the No. 20 Princeton Tigers (8-5, 5-0 Ivy) for the majority of the afternoon, but two late strikes off penalty corners helped the visitors from New Jersey take a 2-1 win at Harvard Field Hockey Stadium Saturday.
"This was a tough loss, we played a good game of hockey for 70 minutes," said head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden. "Unfortunately we weren't able to deal with the pressure over the last 15 minutes of the game, but I'm really proud at how the team competed and how they came out here today and gave Princeton a run for its money."
The opening period was evenly played, with each team having its own early opportunities, but it was the Crimson that grabbed the advantage first. About five minutes after its first goal was waved off by the refs on a penalty corner attempt, Harvard put a tally on the board with a successful try. At 23:26, Sarah Finnemore injected the ball from the goal line, setting up Elizabeth Jacobson for a shot at the top of the circle. Her blast was stopped initially by a Princeton defender, but freshman Kathleen Young was there to flick the ball over the sprawling goaltender for her fourth of the season.
Issy Davies did her part in goal to give Harvard a 1-0 lead at the intermission, making three saves.
Princeton shifted the momentum in its favor in the second half, keeping play in its offense zone for much of the half. The Tigers posted 10 shots in second half, including its two goals that came off two of its six penalty corner attempts.
Harvard withstood much of the Tigers' pressure, but Princeton tied the game in the 58th minute and then took the lead in the 67th. Both goals came via the tip-in off Maddie Copeland's stick, after shots came from the outer edge of the circle on penalty corner plays. The tying goal was tipped directly in front of the cage in heavy traffic, while the second was a more skilled play as Copeland redirected Ryan McCarthy's shot just inside the left post.
The Crimson will play its final two home games of the season this week, hosting No. 17 Boston University Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. and Dartmouth Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. Both games can be watched live on the Ivy League Digital Network.