CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard's Catriona McDonald scored the only goal of the day, as the Crimson defeated the Holy Cross field hockey team 1-0 at Jordan Field. The Crusaders fall to 0-2 on the season with the loss, while Harvard opens the year at 1-0.
The Crusaders outshot Harvard 3-2 in the first half and also held a 4-2 advantage on penalty corners, but the game was scoreless at the break. With just under nine minutes remaining in the second half, junior forward Carly Grimaudo (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) made a move on the right baseline to get past a pair of defenders and the goalkeeper, before Harvard defender Kim Goh made a defensive save to send the ball out of the shell and end the Crusader chance.
Two minutes after Goh's save, Harvard was awarded a penalty corner after a Holy Cross foul. Caitlin Rea controlled the corner pass on the wing of the shell and fired the ball into the middle, where McDonald deflected the ball into the upper right corner of the cage. The Crusaders could not muster another scoring threat in the final minutes and Harvard ran out the clock for the victory.
Cynthia Tassopoulos made four saves to earn the victory for the Crimson, while sophomore goalkeeper Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) had two saves for Holy Cross.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, Sept. 2, when they play host to Sacred Heart at 3:00 p.m.