Rogers’ Game-Winner lifts Field Hockey over Harvard in OT, 2-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Hannah Rogers (Los Altos, Calif.) flushed a breakaway goal off a feed from junior Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, Mass.) to lift the Brown field hockey team to a thrilling 2-1 overtime win at Harvard in Ivy League action at Jordan Field on Saturday. The Bears secured their first overtime win since Oct. 20, 2012, and improve to 4-5 overall with their first league win of the season. The Crimson drop to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in Ivy League play.

 

Less than three minutes into the extra period, O'Donnell sprinted on a breakaway down the right sideline and forced Harvard goalie Jenn Hatfield to leave the cage in pursuit of the ball. O'Donnell raced to the baseline, pulled back to control the ball and fed it in front of the cage. The ball bounced off a defender and back to O'Donnell, who pushed it to Rogers who was poised to knock in the game-winner.

 

"It was a bit of a scuffle," said Head Coach Jill Reeve of the sudden-victory goal. "We had to really stay with the play."

 

After a scoreless first half, Brown took a 1-0 lead when sophomore Alexis Miller (Caldwell, N.J.) found the back of the cage off a penalty corner in the 51st minute.

 

"We ran kind of a special play to score on the first corner goal and I think it was executed very well," Reeve said, noting that the Bears only had three corners to Harvard's seven. "We only had a couple corners so it was nice to go on the board from our few opportunities."

 

The Crimson tied the game with their own well-executed corner play, as Elizabeth Jacobson smacked in a shot off Caronline McNeill's pass and Noel Painter's stop. The final six minutes would pass without another goal, however, and the two sides faced off in five-on-five action in overtime.

 

Harvard attacked first in extra play when Kyla Cordrey fired a shot on net but junior Shannon Sweeney (Boxborough, Mass.) made the stop in the last of her 10 saves on the day. From there, O'Donnell seized control and streaked down the sideline to set up Rogers for the deciding blow just 2:59 into overtime.

 

The Bears return to Goldberger Family Field for a four-game home stand beginning with a non-league game against Quinnipiac on Wednesday at 4 p.m.