Field Hockey Unable to Overcome Slow Start, Falls to No. 15 Boston University, 3-2

Elizabeth Jacobson scored her ninth goal of the year Wednesday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard field hockey (7-7, 2-3 Ivy) recorded a pair of goals late Wednesday night from its leading scorers in 2015, Elizabeth Jacobson and Marissa Balleza, but it wasn't enough to overcome three earlier Boston University strikes, as the No. 15 Terriers (12-5, 6-0 Patriot) held on for the 3-2 win.

Wednesday night's game, played in a steady rainfall, saw the Crimson outshoot the Terriers, 11-8, as well as double-up its visiting opponent in penalty corners, 4-2, but two goals from BU leading scorer Sofi Laurito and another from Sara Martineau secured the Terriers' 12th win of the season.

Laurito's first goal of the night came in the 12th minute of the first half when she cradled the ball into the circle and fired a backhanded shot that reached the back of the cage. The second BU goal of the opening stanza came at 26:37 when Martineau showed good stick skills by tipping in a hard shot from Laurito inside the far post.

After managing just two shots in the first half, the Crimson offense regrouped and tallied nine attempts in the latter 35 minutes, but an opportune scoring chance for Laurito gave BU a three-goal lead. Deep in its own zone, the Crimson defense was looking to clear the ball when it deflected into the center of the circle to an awaiting Laurito who slapped a one-timer for her 11th goal of the season.

Harvard would not go down without a fight though. Senior Jacobson collected her career-best ninth goal of the season in the 68th minute, using her patented spin-move, backhanded shot to beat the BU goalkeeper. The Terriers managed to hold off each of the Crimson's late charges over the final two minutes, but a whistle as time expired gave Balleza a penalty stroke chance. The junior sent a laser of a shot into the top corner of the cage, giving her 11 goals this year and 32 in her career, tying her for fourth on the Crimson's all-time scoring list.

Harvard is back in action this weekend for a pair of games, hosting Dartmouth Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. on Senior Day and then visiting No. 12 Boston College Sunday at 3 p.m.