Oct. 4, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Harvard (4-5, 2-1) broke a scoreless tie with what would prove to be the game-winning goal with just 14 seconds left in the first period and then tacked on another goal late in the second half to earn a 2-0 win over the Brown field hockey team (2-7, 0-3) on Saturday afternoon at Warner Roof.
The two teams were even throughout most of the first period with Brown holding a 7-6 advantage in shots, including a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal, and Harvard earning a 3-1 advantage in penalty corners.
The Bears nearly went up, 1-0, early in the game with back-to-back scoring chances in the first five minutes of play. The first was just 35 seconds into the game when freshman Leslie Springmeyer (New Vernon, NJ) fired a quick shot from point-blank range, but Harvard's Kylie Stone was able to get her leg on it to keep the ball out of the net.
Then at 3:16, on Brown's only corner of the half, senior Victoria Sacco (Madison, NJ) fired a shot from the top of the circle that was headed for the right post. Freshman Abigail Taft (Shaker Heights, OH) was there and got her stick on it, but Stone again made the save to keep the Bears out of the net.
Brown had another chance late in the first half, but was unable to crack the Harvard defense and on the Crimson's counter attack, they put together a nice string of passes, setting up a give-and-go semi-breakaway with Leigh McCoy and Maggie McVeigh. McCoy had the ball on the left side and sent a cross right in front of the goal to McVeigh, who tapped the ball past freshman Caroline Washburn (Pittsburgh, PA) with just 14 seconds left in the half.
Having scored the first goal, Harvard gained momentum at the start of the second half, holding the Bears without a shot until the 53:42 mark, while taking four of their own during this time.
The Bears continued to press for the equalizer, but with just over 10 minutes remaining, McCoy gave Harvard a two-goal cushion when her shot from the right side deflected into the net off the foot of a Bears' defender.
For the game, Washburn recorded four saves with two in each half. Sophomore Katie Hyland (Riegelsville, PA) also recorded a defensive save in the loss. Brown will look to rebound this Tuesday, October 7, when it travels to Sacred Heart to face the Pioneers in a 4:00 p.m. contest.