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NEW YORK – No. 16 Harvard scored three times in a seven-minute span to break open a one-goal game to claim a 4-0 win over the Columbia field hockey team on Senior Day. The Crimson’s (13-4, 6-1) Mimi Tarrant posted two goals and an assist in the Harvard win.
The Lions complete the 2017 campaign with a 9-8 overall record and a 4-3 mark in Ivy League play.
Junior goalkeeper Katie Dempsey made a career-high 15 saves in the match and stopped 11 in a row at one point to keep her team in the game.
Tarrant gave the Crimson the lead in the sixth minute after a bad hop allowed the ball to go over a Columbia player’s stick to lead to a 2-on-1 with Dempsey. Natalie Sicher fed Tarrant for the goal, her 11th of the season. Harvard continued to mount pressure, registering six first-half corners, and limit the Lions’ opportunities to take the slim cushion into the break.
Twelve minutes into the second half, the Crimson was turned away twice by Dempsey after a penalty corner. However, Maddie Earle scooped up a rebound from the right wing and fired a shot to the upper-left corner of the net to double the Harvard lead. Bente van Vlijmen, who was the recipient of a nice centering feed from Tarrant, blasted one home just over two minutes later to force a Lions timeout.
Tarrant capped the scoring in the 61st minute after finishing a reverse feed from Tessel Huibregsten.