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Harvard Snaps Yale’s Streak, 3-2

Emily Cain. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Emily Cain. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

16 Saves for Cain

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team saw its streak of four straight wins against its archrival Harvard come to an end Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field, as the Crimson came away with a 3-2 victory. Harvard outshot Yale 26-16 and had a 17-6 advantage in corners, getting goals from three different players. Senior goalkeeper Emily Cain kept the Bulldogs in the game by making 16 saves.

Yale (1-4, 0-1 Ivy League) fell behind 1-0 in the first half on a goal by forward Noel Painter at 27:29. The Crimson had an 11-7 shot advantage for the half, and a 7-2 advantage in corners, but Cain made eight saves to keep the score close.

Harvard (2-2, 1-0 Ivy League) extended its lead to 2-0 on a goal by forward Kaitlyn Boudah at 36:57 of the second half. The goal came after a Crimson shot was blocked and another was saved by Cain on a Crimson penalty corner.

Shortly after a Yale timeout, a penalty corner for the Bulldogs led to a penalty stroke goal by senior forward/midfielder Erica Borgo at 56:24 that pulled the Bulldogs within one.

Harvard extended its lead back to two goals when forward Marissa Balleza scored off an assist by back Elizabeth Jacobson with 5:12 to play. Balleza tipped in Jacobson's shot off a penalty corner, Harvard's 17th corner of the game.

Senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland scored on a penalty corner with time expired, assisted by Borgo and senior midfielder Emily Schuckert, to make the final score 3-2.

The game was part of Alumnae Weekend festivities, which also included a special ceremony recognizing Yale's new head coaching endowment named in memory of Caroline Ruth Thompson '02. Yale returns to Johnson Field to host Vermont Sunday afternoon.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity