What happens every time the Harvard field hockey team plays a greater Boston opponent? As Del Shannon crooned, "run-run-run-run-runaway."
Yesterday's victim was Boston College, to the tune of 6-0. Kate Martin, whose four-goal outburst at B.U. earlier this year tied a Harvard record, tallied her eighth, ninth and tenth goals of the campaign to lead a 28-shot barrage as the Crimson improved its record to 4-3-2.
Martin, a Woburn native who has scored eight of her ten makers against local rivals, poked home two in the game's first 20 minutes. At 5:40, she picked up a Lili Pew pass in front of the net and drove it past B.C.'s Peggy Cameron. A quarter of an hour later, the speedy forward gave Harvard a 2-0 lead when she followed a Sue Field shot to the cage and tipped home the rebound.
"A lot of times," Martin said, "I took for granted the ball would get through the defense. I figured it would be there, so I was in position."
It was there again at 29:06, when Maggie Hart slipped a pass by a defender and onto Martin's stick just inside the circle. The sophomore dumped the ball past Cameron for the hat trick.
In the interim, Field had notched her third goal when she picked up a rebound to the left of the cage and flicked it in the far corner. The 4-0 halftime advantage, Harvard's largest of the season, swelled to 5-0 with Laura DiBonaventura's first varsity goal at 23:00 of the second half, and settled in at a comfortable 6-0 on Beth Mullen's scorcher off a Field corner at 32:12.
"We did make some mistakes, but overall I'm very pleased," coach Edie MacAusland said after the game. "It's tough to keep playing hard with a five-goal lead, but I want the kids to know that's the time to try things out."
No Such Thing
With the mythical field hockey Beanpot in tow, the Crimson travels to Springfield Thursday in a game MacAusland calls "our first real test since [the 0-0 tie at] UNH."
"We've been playing sort of mediocre since then," MacAusland added. "I'm interested to see what will happen when we get challenged."
Goalie Betty Ippolito certainly wasn't challenged yesterday. The Eagles peppered two shots at the Crimson net, and Ippolito managed to knock away one for a lone save. The other rolled wide of the net.
What is it like to play in this kind of game, when one can make mistakes and not be hurt by them? Replied co-captain Chris Sailer, "It's fun."
THE NOTEBOOK: Field joins Martin and Jennifer White on the list of players who have scored a goal in more than two games...White's status remains in doubt; she still suffers from a sore knee. X-rays proved negative, but doctors have denied her permission to play until the swelling goes down...Mullen did not start for the second consecutive game, but both she and MacAusland say her leg (pulled quad muscle) is better. "It's just a question of letting her rest so she's ready for Springfield," MacAusland said...After nine games, only Ann Velie, Sara LeBlond, Maureen Finn and Martin have started every one...Forward Finn played a fine game, although her name didn't show up in the scoring summaries. "Kate Martin's my idol," the goal-less sophomore joked after the game.
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