WORCESTER, Mass. – Harvard freshman forward Sarah Finnemore scored a pair of goals in the second half to help lead the Crimson to a 4-0 victory over Holy Cross in non-conference field hockey action on Friday evening at the Hart Turf Field. Both teams' overall records now stand at 1-2 on the season.
After a scoreless first half in which Harvard held the slim 5-4 edge in shots, both teams came out aggressive in the second stanza. Holy Cross had two great chances to score off penalty corners in the opening minutes of the second half, as sophomore midfielders Michelle McNeil (Canton, Mass.) and Kaitlyn Murray (Farmington, Conn.) launched shots on the net, but they were both pushed aside. Harvard was able to end the scoring drought in the 52nd minute, as Finnemore scored the game-winning goal from a shot inside the circle to put the Crimson ahead 1-0.
Five minutes later, Noel Painter added her first goal of the year to give Harvard the 2-0 lead. The Crimson kept up the offensive intensity, as Finnemore recorded her second goal of the game, with an assist from Marissa Balleza in the 60th minute to increase the margin to 3-0. The Crimson added their final marker of the contest at the 65:43 mark of the game, as Elizabeth Jacobson registered the goal with an assist from Painter.
Holy Cross had one final chance to put a goal on the scoreboard late in the contest (69th minute), as freshman midfielder Lauren Sutherland (Watertown, Mass.) ripped a shot off a penalty corner, but it was blocked by Harvard goalkeeper Jenn Hatfield.
Hatfield made six saves for her first shutout of the season, while Holy Cross freshman goalie Maya Langman (Crozet, Va.) pushed aside five shots in her first career start. Murray also made a defensive save for the Crusaders in the first half of the contest, which helped keep the game scoreless.
The Crimson outshot the Crusaders, 11-9, as both teams each had six shots on goal. Holy Cross held the 4-3 edge in penalty corners.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, Sept. 15, as they will host Sacred Heart at 2:00 p.m. on the Hart Turf Field.