Oct. 16, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Shelley Maasdorp's hat trick helped 17th-ranked Harvard overcome 1-0 and 2-1 deficits en route to a 3-2 win over Yale Saturday at Jordan Field. Meredith Howell and Sarah Driscoll scored for the Bulldogs, who fell to 5-6 overall and 1-3 in the Ivy League with the loss. Harvard improved to 8-4 overall and 4-0 in Ivy play.
Yale took it to Harvard from the opening whistle and cashed in just 3:26 into the contest. The Bulldogs were turning up the heat in the Crimson circle, a loose ball bounced to Howell and she found the back of the cage for an early 1-0 Yale lead.
Maasdorp scored the first of her three goals on a penalty corner at 28:40 to tie the game at 1-1. Maasdorp got the ball off of Gannon's stick stop, flipped it up and over the stick of a Bulldog defender to get some clear space, and fired the ball inside the left post for her 10th goal of the season. The game remained knotted at 1-1 at the intermission.
Yale struck first in the second half, taking a 2-1 lead at 50:54 on the strength of a goal from Driscoll. Harriet Thayer took a free hit right outside the circle and Driscoll got a stick on the ball and deflected it up and over Crimson netminder Aliaa Remtilla.
Harvard responded quickly, tying the game at 53:23. Maasdorp came through again, this time rifling a straight shot inside the left post with assists from Gannon and Kate McDavitt.
Maasdorp notched the gamewinner with an almost identical play at 66:25 when her straight shot made it through the Yale defense and past Bulldog netminder Elizabeth Friedlander with assists from Gannon and McDavitt.
Yale outshot Harvard 16-14 in the game, but the Crimson held a 11-4 edge in penalty corners.
Friedlander finished the contest with seven saves. Remtilla made eight in the win.
The Bulldogs play Boston University on Sunday at MIT at 2 p.m.