Bente van Vlijmen scored the only goal Thursday, and her fourth in the last three games (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard field hockey (5-4) won its third-straight game, and second consecutive against a ranked opponent, taking down No. 13 Boston University (7-3), 1-0, Thursday evening at New Balance Field. The win comes on the heels of the Crimson beating then-No. 19 Maine, 3-1, Sunday at home.
A familiar name in the Harvard box scores of late, and the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, Bente van Vlijmen scored the lone goal of the contest in the 52nd minute. With the Crimson and Terriers staying even throughout the first 50 minutes of the game, Harvard looked to capitalize on its penalty corner chances. Two minutes after Hannah Wellington narrowly missed with her attempt off a penalty corner, van Vlijmen completed a set play to give Harvard the 1-0 lead.
Kyla Cordrey began the play with a swift injection to Emily Duarte at the top of the circle. Duarte placed the ball right in front of a swinging van Vlijmen, whose shot slipped inside the left post and the outstretched BU goaltender.
The goal stood as the lone change to the scoreboard throughout the remainder of the contest, even as the Terriers pulled their netminder for the final three minutes of the game. Harvard finished with a slight edge in shots, 9-7. Libby Manela, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, made her third-straight start in goal and came up with three saves to earn her second career shutout.
Harvard returns to Ivy League action Sunday, visiting Penn for a 12 p.m. matchup in Philadelphia. Fans can watch the game live on the Ivy League Digital Network.