PROVIDENCE, RI – Harvard's Emma Keller scored with less than five minutes remaining to break a 0-0 deadlock and lift the Crimson (3-5, 1-2) to a 1-0 win over the Brown field hockey team (2-6, 0-3) Saturday afternoon in Providence.
Brown came out firing, earning three corners in the game's first three minutes. Sophomore Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, MA) nearly gave the Bears a 1-0 lead just 58 seconds after the opening whistle. However, her waist-high shot from the left side was saved by Cynthia Tassopoulos, who was able stop the ball with her blocker.
Less than 10 minutes later, freshman Hannah Rogers (Los Altos, CA) took a feed from O'Donnell at the left post and fired towards the near corner. However, Tassopoulos recovered in time and dove to make the save to keep the game scoreless.
Brown headed into halftime with a 10-6 advantage in shots and a 5-3 advantage in corners. Both goalies were strong in their respective cages with Tassopoulos recording five first-half saves and sophomore Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) stopping four Harvard shots.
The Crimson had the momentum to open the second half, outshooting Brown, 8-5, during the frame. The Bears didn't test Tassopoulos until the 64th minute when junior Kelsey Grossman (Shavertown, MA) and sophomore Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) had back-to-back shots saved by the goalie on one of Brown's four second-half corners.
Following the dangerous sequence by Grossman and Christus, Harvard countered and finally broke the tie when Keller pulled McSweeney off her line and fired the ball behind her for the game-winner.
With time winding down in the game, O'Donnell made a heads-up play to draw a corner just as time expired. Freshman Alexis Miller (North Caldwell, NJ) nearly tied the game, but her shot from the left side ricocheted off the cross bar. Brown earned another corner on the play, but Miller's next shot was blocked by a Brown player and Harvard was able to hold on for the win.
For the game, Brown edged Harvard in shots, 15-14, and held a 9-5 advantage in corners. McSweeney finished with eight saves, while Tassopoulos finished with seven for Harvard.
Brown closes out the weekend double-header tomorrow afternoon when it hosts Fairfield in a 12:00 noon contest.