Field Hockey Picks Up First Ivy Win at Brown, Falls to Quinnipiac

Sarah P Reid

Co-captain Cynthia Tassopoulos came up with 14 saves in the Harvard field hockey team’s two weekend matchups. On Saturday, Tassopoulos recorded her second shutout of the season in a 1-0 Crimson win.

The Harvard field hockey team put together its first winning streak and earned its first Ivy League victory along the way, defeating Brown (2-6, 0-3 Ivy) in a tense 1-0 battle on Saturday afternoon at Brown.

But the Crimson’s streak came to an end one day later, as Harvard (3-5, 1-2 Ivy) fell to Quinnipiac, 3-1, on Sunday at Jordan Field.


In the second leg of back-to-back games, Harvard stumbled against Quinnipiac (6-4) on a drizzly Sunday at Jordan Field.

In open play, not much separated the two teams—the number of shots and penalty corners for both squads were nearly identical.

But the Bobcats enjoyed a substantial advantage in the execution of their penalty corners, scoring three goals and rarely encountering much trouble from the Crimson’s attacks.

“We knew ahead of time their corner attack is something that’s very difficult to play defense on because they use the numbers situation, and they take care of the rebounds,” coach Tjerk van Herwaarden said.

Though Harvard scored its only goal of the day off of a penalty corner, cashing in on freshman Elizabeth Jacobson’s redirection of a pass from junior Bridget McGillivray, the team was unable to muster many more serious threats to the Quinnipiac cage from their nine other penalty corner opportunities.

“We depend on [penalty corners] quite a bit [for offense],” van Herwaarden said. “It’s any given day from that perspective. We will work on it because we have to get more out of our corners.”

The Bobcats were much more clinical with their finishing. The first goal of the game came from Cate Colucci, who put a rebound in the back of the cage after two saves from co-captain Cynthia Tassopoulos.

The second Quinnipiac goal came off of a wide-open slashed effort from Amanda Danziger, and the third was a deflection to the top of the short side of the cage from Jess Rusin to put the game out of reach with under three minutes to play.


After beating Bryant last Monday, the Crimson carried its momentum to Providence, as Harvard scored late and Tassopoulos recorded her second shutout of the season.

The only goal of the day came from the stick of senior forward Emma Keller, assisted by sophomore forward Noel Painter in the 65th minute.

“It was really close to the end of the game,” Painter said. “[Sophomore Caitlin] Rea got the ball in the center and she went to pass it. I got the ball and passed it to my right to Emma who [shot it] and she nutmegged her, got through the goalie’s legs and into the back of the cage.”