Terriers Trip Stickwomen, 1-0

Crimson Defense Shines, but B.U. Offense Scores

During warmups before last night's field hockey game between Harvard and Boston University, Aretha Franklin's "Respect" blared over the loud speaker.

And after the contest, respect was precisely what the Crimson earned from its ninth-ranked, NCAA tournament-bound opponent.

Because; although falling to the Terriers (15-2-2), 1-0, in front of 150 vociferous and vitriolic spectators crowded into the first 10 rows of Nickerson Stadium, Harvard (3-8-3) turned in a sterling performance.

For 63 minutes, the Crimson defense shut down a B.U. offense that had crushed fifth-ranked UMass, 3-0, Tuesday.

"We came into the game defensive-minded," Crimson Co-Captain Anne Kelly said.


Leading the way for the Cantabs was goalie Denise Katsias, with 12 saves.

Katsias made several stops that turned roars from the partisan crowd into stunned murmers.

The freshman netminder blocked six Terrier shots in the first half, but her most remarkable save came on B.U. forward Alison Caito's blast at 34:30 that rocketed toward the right-hand corner of the Crimson net.

Katsias, getting the most out of her 5-ft., 6-in. frame, reached up and knocked the ball to the turf where her defense cleared it.

The B.U. goal--a Caito slap-shot--came with seven minutes left in the contest.

Terrier midfielder Helen Godfrey slapped a shot outside the penalty circle which bounded off a Crimson defender's shoe and toward the goal.

A charging Caito controlled the sliding ball and--one on one with Katsias--pumped it by the Harvard netminder for the game's only score.

Some Crimson players doubted the legality of Godfrey's pass.

"I think it [the pass] was lifted," Harvard forward Kate Felsen said. "I had my stick down and it flew over it."

The Godfrey pass that the referees allowed was not the only controversial officiating call of the evening.