As far as the No. 18 Harvard field hockey team is concerned, Jordan Field has been worth every penny of the $3.3 million it cost - so far.
Despite yesterday's rain, Jordan's synthetic turf is still bright green, and the white lines that lay on top of the turf are still clean and fresh.
"It's a great field," said sophomore back Hilary Walton. "The play is faster and more intense on turf, and both practices and games have been more fun."
Games at Jordan have also been more fun for the Crimson because Harvard (5-2, 2-0 Ivy) has yet to lose at its new home. And since its last contest in Cambridge - a 4-1 rout of last-place Columbia in the Ivy League opener Sept. 19 - the Crimson has dropped two of its last three games.
But both of those losses were one-goal deficits to perennial powerhouses, No. 1 UConn and UMass, which has reached the NCAA Tournament each of the last two years.
Harvard, however won the most important contest on its three-game road trip by shutting out arch-rival Yale, 2-0, last Saturday to remain undefeated in the Ivy League and tied with No. 16 Princeton and Brown at the top of the conference standings.
And the Crimson has a good chance to continue rolling over Ivy competition tomorrow when it hosts last-place Pennsylvania (1-4, 0-2) at noon.
The Quakers will stumble into Cambridge bearing the heavy burden of a three-game losing streak. Penn came close to its first conference victory last Sunday at Cornell, but the Big Red prevailed in double-overtime, 2-1.
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