PROVIDENCE, R.I.--It has been a rough week for defending Ivy League champions.
The Harvard women's field hockey team did its part to turn the tables on the 1999 Ivy champs with an impressive 1-0 victory over Brown (3-2, 0-2 Ivy). The Brown football team and Harvard women's soccer team, both Ivy champions a year ago, also lost on an upset-filled Saturday in Providence.
On Warren Roof, the Crimson field hockey team (5-1, 2-0 Ivy) got all the offense it would need on an unassisted goal from sophomore forward Philomena Gambale at 14:53 of the first half.
Gambale's goal came after a penalty corner from co-captain Liz Sarles forced the Brown goalie to make a sprawling save and left her on the ground and out of position.
Gambale leads the team in scoring with six goals in six games this season.
Although the shots on goal were close, with Harvard holding a slight 12-11 edge, the Crimson held a clear advantage in penalty corners with 13 compared to only five for Brown.
The Crimson had a series of great opportunities to extend its lead midway through the second half after a string of five penalty corners came within just minutes of one another.
Throughout the second half, Harvard did an excellent job of maintaining pressure in the Bears' zone.
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