Field Hockey Loses to Providence, 3-1

After Dominating Start of Game, Crimson Defeated

The Harvard field hockey team could have really used some of Albert Einstein's laws on Saturday.

A little dose of relativity on the old game clock might have given the Crimson a victory against the Providence Friars.

But alas, the 70-minute game time remained undilated and Harvard (0-0 Ivy, 1-3 overall) lost, 3-1, after holding a 1-0 advantage through the first three-quarters of the game.

"We're playing a 55 minute game instead of 70,"captain Megan Colligan said. "We thought that we could sit on a 1-0 lead."

In the first half, none of these worries penetrated the player's minds. Harvard dominated the first 35 minutes of play, during which time it scored the game's first goal.

Sophomore Courtenay Benedict, on a corner shot, passed to sophomore Daphne Clark, who lifted a shot at the net.

The Friar goalie couldn't hold on to the ball, and then Benedict suddenly appeared again to notch the Crimson's only goal.

The score stayed the same through the rest of the first half, and the game seemed to be in the proverbial bag.

"At the end of the first half I thought that maybe we'd do it," Benedict said.

But when the second half began, all that confidence mysteriously vaporized, and Harvard was never the same.

"In the second half we let up," junior Maureen O'Brien said. "We didn't play the game we were capable of."

Even so, the Crimson held the lead--for a short time. But for Providence, the game was like an expanding water balloon, only needing a tiny break to bust it open.

That break came in the form of a questionable referee's call. The Friars were given a stroke--essentially a free shot--near the Harvard goal, despite Crimson protests.

But the pleas went unheeded, and Providence took the opportunity and tied the game with it.

And then the floodgates opened. The Friars scored their second goal soon after that on a breakaway, and took its first lead of the game.