The Crimson (2-0) used a six-goal second half to swamp Vermont 9-1 on Friday at Jordan Field, its synthetic-turf replacement for the natural grass surface at Cumnock Field, then edged URI 2-1 yesterday in Kingston, R.I.
Harvard also switched its primary offense from a three-forward to a two-forward set, and tri-captain Dominique Kalil helped the Crimson capitalize, scoring two goals and adding four assists on the weekend.
Fellow tri-captain Katie Schoolwerth scored two goals of her own, including yesterday's game-winner, and sophomore midfielder Eliza Dick collected three goals to pace Harvard.
"Our new offense has made us much more versatile," Kalil said. "It was great to get everyone involved the way we did. Last year, we lost our first game, and that scarred us for the whole season."
Harvard 2, URI 1
Harvard avenged a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Rams in last year's opener when Schoolwerth converted a penalty corner with 7:00 remaining to lift the Crimson past URI (2-2) yesterday.
Schoolwerth was the team's second-leading scorer in 1998, behind Judy Collins, who was a First-Team Regional All-American and tied the Ivy League career scoring record with 102 points.
Schoolwerth had five goals and 10 assists in 1998.