Sophomore Maddie Earle scored twice in the second half to lead Harvard past New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A second half outburst by No. 17 Harvard field hockey, keyed by two goals from Maddie Earle, helped the Crimson get past New Hampshire, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at Berylson Field. Harvard earned its first win over New Hampshire in field hockey since the 2007 season.
Senior captain Hannah Wellington added another goal for Harvard with just under 10 minutes remaining in the contest to seal the victory for the Crimson.
Junior goalkeeper Libby Manela made three saves in net to earn her first win and shutout of the season.
Earle broke the stalemate just over 12 minutes into the second half, redirecting a shot by Kathleen Young (two assists) past UNH goalkeeper Madelyn McAteer (six saves) at 47:09 to give Harvard the lead.
Just over two minutes later, Earle notched her second goal of the game, scoring on a reverse stick shot low into the far right corner of the net at 49:38, with Young picking up her second assist of the game on the play.
Wellington's goal, her third of the season, came off a short pass from Casey Allen right in front of the net, and put Harvard up by three with 8:48 to play.
- Maddie Earle notched her first career two goal game, and Kathleen Young notched her second career multi-assist game. The two players combined for four goals and three assists in two games this weekend.
- Harvard earned its second shutout of the season, with Manela recording her fifth career shutout in net.
- Harvard snapped an eight-game losing streak against New Hampshire dating back to Sept. 5, 2007, when Harvard beat UNH, 3-2.
- This marks the first time that Harvard has shutout UNH since 2005, and the fifth time overall in a series that dates back to 1978.
- The Crimson earned its first win of the season at Berylson Field and is now 7-3 in its last 10 games at home dating back to last season.
Harvard will open Ivy League play next Saturday at Yale (Sept. 23, 1 p.m.) before returning home to face Lafayette on Sunday (Sept. 24, 2 p.m.) Both games will air on the Ivy League Network.