CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Penalty corners proved decisive Friday night in field hockey action at Berylson Field, as No. 20 Harvard scored the first four goals of the game on corners en route to a 6-0 win over Yale.
Yale (3-3, 0-1 Ivy League) fell behind early, as Harvard converted on a pair of corners in the first 5:35 to take a 2-0 lead. Midfielders Bente van Vlijmen and Emily Duarte had the tallies. After that the Bulldogs settled down, and junior midfielder Bridget Condie drew a corner to provide Yale's first scoring chance. But Condie's shot was deflected high, and two more Yale corners in the next 15 minutes also came up empty.
Harvard's third and final corner of the half was snuffed out by a diving save from sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso on a shot by van Vlijmen, keeping the Bulldogs within 2-0 heading into halftime.
Harvard (6-1, 1-0 Ivy League) ended a span of more than 38 minutes without a goal by scoring on another corner with 26 minutes to play, the first of two goals for back Olivia Allin. A kick save by Terroso on van Vlijmen denied the Crimson's next corner, but Allin roofed the next corner attempt to put Harvard up 4-0 with 19:41 left.
Harvard's last two goals came on deflections -- one with 8:09 to play from forward Maddie Earle and one with 6:43 to play from midfielder/forward Olivia Hoover. The Crimson has now outscored its opponents 25-3 in the team's six wins this season. Terroso finished with nine saves.
"We had a strong performance in the first half after the first two calls went against us and unfortunately resulted in goals," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "In the second half, Harvard got hot. They had some really nice goals, both on corners and from the field of play. Their forward line, their attack, was the best we have seen all season. Still, we played much better hockey than our previous game (a 3-1 loss at Cal). We took a step today in that we kept battling."
Yale returns home to host Sacred Heart on Sunday. The Bulldogs are 3-0 at Johnson Field.