STORRS, CT. – In an early season battle of top-10 teams, No. 4 Connecticut (4-0) defeated No. 6 Harvard field hockey (1-1), 3-0, at George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo made three saves in the contest, while her counterpart for UConn, Cheyenne Sprecher, made five stops.
The Huskies scored on their first penalty corner of the game at the 1:35 mark of the first quarter, then added two more goals in the second quarter to push the margin to 3-0 at the half.
The Crimson applied the pressure in the third quarter, with five shots and two penalty corners, but could not get one past Sprecher.
Senior captain Bente van Vlijmen led Harvard with three shots on goal, as the Crimson concluded its season opening road trip with a 1-1 record.
- Harvard was shutout for the first time since falling 3-0 to Princeton on Oct. 21, 2017.
- Harvard opened the 2019 season with games against two ranked opponents (No. 22 UAlbany, No. 4 UConn), splitting those contests. The Crimson will likely play a third straight game against ranked competition next Thursday (vs. No. 21 Stanford).
Harvard hosts No. 21 Stanford in its home opener at Berylson Field on Thursday (Sept. 12) at 4 p.m.