CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The first game at Berylson Family Field Hockey Field will not be soon forgotten, as the Harvard field hockey team captured a 2-1 victory over Holy Cross after 10 rounds of shootout action. Tied 1-1 after 100 minutes of game play, the teams headed to a shootout where Emily Duarte's strike in the 10th round clinched the 2016 season-opener for the Crimson.
After the first five shootout rounds, the teams were squared at 2-2 with Casey Allen and Hannah Wellington scoring for Harvard. Entering the golden goal portion of the shootout, Allen scored in the sixth round after Emily Loprete did the same for Holy Cross. Following a Caroline Bono miss for Holy Cross in the 10th round, Duarte took her second attempt in the shootout and beat Crusaders' goaltender, Danielle Fucci, for the game-winner.
Harvard proved to be the dominant team all evening, outshooting Holy Cross, 23-6, and amassing a 12-5 advantage in penalty corners.
Wellington notched Berylson Field's first goal at 13:43 in the opening half. Off a set corner play, Ellie Cookson fed Wellington for a shot that deflected off a defender in front before landing in the back of the cage. The equalizer for Holy Cross came at 31:47 when Bono finished off a 3-on-1 breakaway on a pass from Maureen Connolly.
The second frame passed without scoring, but Harvard kept the pressure on throughout. About 14 minutes into the second half the Crimson was awarded four-consecutive penalty corners, but Fucci came away with save on each shot attempt off of those corners. For the game Fucci finished with 12 saves, while the only shot on net from Holy Cross came on its goal.
In the first overtime, Harvard had an opportunity with the clock winding down to win it as Marissa Balleza fired a shot past Fucci, but the horn had sounded before the ball had left her stick sending the game to the second overtime, which gave way to the shootout after neither team scored.
Harvard's next contest is on the road at New Hampshire Sunday afternoon. Game time in Durham is slated for 1 p.m.