CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a back and forth contest between two top-20 teams, No. 10 Harvard field hockey (1-2) fell to No. 18 Stanford (4-2), 2-1, on penalty strokes in the Crimson's home opener at Berylson Field.
Harvard, which trailed 1-0 after a late second quarter penalty stroke goal for the visiting Cardinal, rallied late in the fourth quarter to tie the game. The Crimson outshot Stanford 13-6 in regulation, but evened the score with only 1:38 to play.
The Crimson was awarded a penalty corner, and senior captain Bente van Vlijmen fired a shot off the pad of Stanford goalkeeper Kelsey Bing. Senior Casey Allen put in the rebound chance to tie the game at 1-1.
In overtime, Harvard survived a penalty stroke chance for Stanford with 4:17 to go in the first 10 minutes of extra time, as Corinne Zanolli's shot went wide of the cage.
Then the Crimson nearly won the game in the second overtime, as Rachel Greenwood's shot just over a minute into the second extra frame went off the left post.
Stanford won 2-1 in penalty strokes to cap off an exciting early season contest.
- Harvard fell at Berylson Field for the first time since 2017, snapping a 10-game home winning streak.
- Casey Allen's goal was the first of the year for the senior. She has factored in on two of Harvard's three goals on the year and leads the team with three points.
Harvard continues non-conference play next Monday, with a 5 p.m. road contest at UMass. The game will air on ESPN+.