Young’s Two Goals Lead No. 20 Field Hockey Past No. 11 Princeton, 3-2, in Overtime

Young’s Two Goals Lead No. 20 Field Hockey Past No. 11 Princeton, 3-2, in Overtime

Kathleen Young scored twice Saturday to push the Crimson past the Tigers (Mark Manela).

PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 20 Harvard field hockey team (9-4, 5-0 Ivy) now has the longest win streak in program history, defeating No. 11 Princeton (9-6, 4-1 Ivy) Saturday, 3-2, to mark its seventh victory in a row. The triumph also snaps a 22-game losing streak to the Tigers, dating back to 1994.

Harvard is now the only unbeaten team in Ivy League play at 5-0 with games at Dartmouth and at home against Columbia the final week of the season remaining in conference. Wins in both of those games would seal the first Ancient Eight title for the Crimson since 2004 and the fourth in program history.

The Crimson offense was bolstered Saturday by sophomore Kathleen Young's two goals. After Princeton scored twice in the second half to force overtime, Harvard needed just 59 seconds of extra time for Young to provide the game-winner. Young fielded a long pass deep in the right corner of the Princeton zone. She gathered the ball, raced along the end line and beat the charging Princeton netminder nearside to send the Crimson into celebration.

Her first goal of the day came in the 27th minute of the contest. Ellie Cookson brought the ball into the circle and sent it towards the net. After the ball bounced around slightly, Young corralled it right in front of the cage and quickly knocked it home. Both goals were the first of the season for Young.

The new Harvard record holder in career goals and points, senior Marissa Balleza, started the scoring with her 11th of the season in the 13th minute, converting off a quick pass from Maddie Earle.

Princeton's offensive leader, Cat Caro, scored twice in the second half to send the game to overtime.

Sophomore Libby Manela improved her record in net to 7-0 this season, starting each game of the win streak. She made one stop in the victory Saturday.

Harvard has a quick turnaround, facing Lafayette Sunday at 2 p.m. before hosting No. 14 Boston College Thursday evening at Berylson Field.