Kyla Cordrey and the Crimson hit the road for their next three games (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team (4-4, 1-0 Ivy) will take its two-game win streak on the road this week, heading to nearby New Balance Field to face No. 13 Boston University (7-2) Thursday before heading to Philadelphia to take on Penn (6-2, 1-0 Ivy) Sunday.
Last Time Out
The Crimson won consecutive games for the first time this season last weekend, opening Ivy League competition with a 2-0 shutout of Yale before dispatching of then-No. 19 Maine, 3-1. The shutout of the Bulldogs was the first clean sheet of the season for the Crimson and it held the Black Bears off the board until the final two minutes of the game Sunday.
Sophomore Libby Manela made the first two starts of her career in goal for the Crimson last weekend. Opening Ivy League play Friday night against the Bulldogs, Manela faced limited shots, but when she needed to come up with a crucial stop, she did just that, stopping Danee Fitzgerald from point-blank range to earn a shutout in her first career start. Manela followed that showing up with a six-save performance Sunday against the nationally-ranked Black Bears, leading to Ivy League Player of the Week honors.
Manela wasn't the only Crimson student-athlete to garner attention from the league office, as freshman Bente van Vlijmen collected Ivy League Rookie of the Week accolades after scoring three times over the weekend. The Zeist, The Netherlands native scored her first two career goals against Yale and then found the back of the cage off a penalty corner play against Maine.
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Hanging with the League Leaders
Marissa Balleza and Libby Manela find themselves among the Ivy League leaders in a number of statistical categories. Balleza, who is just 10 points shy of tying the Harvard all-time points record, is tied for third in the Ivy League with 12 points and 33 shots. Manela ranks second in goals-against with a 1.34 mark and is fourth with a .714 save percentage.
Marissa Balleza is tracking Judy Collins '99 for the Harvard record in goals and points in a career.
Points – Career
Judy Collins '99 – 102
Marissa Balleza '17 – 92
Goals – Career
Judy Collins '99 – 43
Marissa Balleza – 39
Scouting Boston University
After opening the year with seven-straight victories, the Terriers suffered setbacks against fellow Patriot League foe Lafayette and No. 1 Connecticut. Lafayette edged BU, 3-2, in shootout attempts to take a 2-1 lead, while UConn posted a 5-1 victory. The Terriers are averaging 3.11 goals per game and over 16 shots per contest, while holding its opponents to 1.56 goals and eight shots.
The offense has been well-balanced for BU, as 11 players have a point and nine have scored a goal. Senior Taylor Blood and Amanda Cassera are tied with a team-lead 12 points. Classmate Cammy Jensen boasts a 1.42 GAA, to go with a .683 save percentage as the Terriers primary goalkeeper.
BU has come out on the winning end of each of the last seven meetings, taking an 18-12-1 lead in the all-time series.
The Quakers sport a 6-2 record and are 1-0 in the Ivy League with a 1-0 victory over Cornell September 24. Penn dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 5 Syracuse the following day, but bounced back with a 2-1 win against Drexel Tuesday afternoon.
The Quakers are led by 2015 All-Ivy League first team selection Alexa Hoover, who is tied for the conference lead with five assists and ranks fifth in points with 11. Rachel Huang, Gina Guccione and Sofia Palacios each have four goals to lead the team in that category. Four players have seen time in net for Penn. Liz Mata has seen the most time (517:28), posting a 2.16 GAA and a .680 save percentage. Her 34 saves are fourth-most in the conference.
Harvard leads the all-time series against Penn, 20-17-2, but Penn has won each of the last four meetings.
Six freshmen joined the Crimson this fall, bringing the roster tally to 24 student-athletes. Four different states, as well as New Zealand and The Netherlands are represented in the class of 2020. The newcomers are Casey Allen, Maddie Earle, Grace Geiger, Olivia Ostrover, Callie Rennyson and Bente van Vlijmen.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. The ILDN is also available on Apple TV and Roku. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Berlyson Family Field Hockey Field
Harvard field hockey will commence the 2016 season on it new home turf known as Berylson Family Field Hockey Field. Located north of the Beren Tennis Center, Berylson Field was constructed this summer thanks to the generous support of John G. Berylson, MBA '79 and his wife Amy S. Berylson '75, MBA '79.
Head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden welcomed a pair of new assistant coaches to his staff last spring, bringing on Marvin Bam and Katie O'Donnell Bam. The duo joins Harvard after both were members of the coaching staff at Millersville. Each brings a wealth of international experience, as Bam garnered 98 international caps and represented his home country of South Africa in the 2008 Olympics. O'Donnell Bam has been a member of USA Field Hockey for 11 years and played for Team USA at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio, scoring five goals. She played her collegiate career at Maryland where she was a four-time All-American.