Harvard adds six solid newcomers to its 2015 roster (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Head field hockey coach Tjerk van Herwaarden has announced the addition of six members of the Class of 2019 to the Crimson for the fall of 2015.
"Harvard field hockey is very excited to welcome Victoria, Brianna, Kathleen, Olivia, Libby and Emily as our Class of 2019," commented van Herwaarden. "Each athlete will bring a wealth of hockey experience to our program and throughout the process it has become evident that all of them will challenge themselves academically and enjoy competing at the highest level at the same time, while having a true passion for Harvard. Three of our incoming athletes bring international experience with them having represented their country in their respective age groups and it just shows how talented this group of incoming really is."
van Herwaarden continued, "this class will be another huge quality addition to our already talented team and I expect each of our incoming freshmen to make a huge contribution for our program from the day they arrive on campus. Off the field I'm confident that each one will take advantage of all that Harvard will offer them and they use any resource to succeed academically and as an athlete."
Two of the incoming freshmen hail from England, while the remaining additions to the lineup will arrive in Cambridge via, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Making the journey across the pond is Olivia Allin from Glastonbury, England. A multi-sport athlete, Allin competed on the field hockey, cross country, netball and swimming teams at Millfield School. On the field hockey pitch, Allin captained the Millfield U18 indoor and U16 outdoor teams. With the U16 team as a freshman and sophomore, she helped Millfield reach consecutive national finals, while also winning a county and regional title along the way. During her junior and senior seasons, Allin led Millfield to county championships in both indoor and outdoor and national finals appearances, while also capturing regional titles in indoor competition. Additionally, Allin competed for the England U18 team and the Bath Bucs Hockey Club. In continuing to show that she is a great leader, she served as the captain of the South-West England U16 team and vice-captain for the Bucs.
West Chester, Pennsylvania, native Brianna Bolon joins the Crimson after playing for B. Reed Henderson High School and the WC Eagles club team. In 2014, Bolon served as the captain of B. Reed Henderson and was named to the NFHCA High School Academic Squad. The 2013 and 2014 All Ches-Mont first team selection helped her high school squad win the Ches-Mont conference from 2011-13 and capture the PIAA AAA District 1 title, as well as reach the PIAA state semifinals, in 2013. On the club circuit, Bolon won the U19 Pool Championships at the National Indoor Tournament and finished with top honors at the U19 Field Hockey Festival.
Harvard's second recruit from England, Victoria Boylett, is also a Millfield School graduate. Similar to Allin, Boylett competed in multiple sports at Millfield, including field hockey, netball, cross country, track and tennis. A great distance runner, finishing second in the state cross country championships in 2010 and qualifying again in 2011, Boylett also helped Millfield qualify for the National School Finals. She has been a standout with the Isca Hockey Club since 2008, captaining the U12, U14, U16 and U18 teams. At age 14, she helped lead the U16 team to a bronze medal at the national club championships and did it again with the U18 team in 2015.
Emily Duarte joins Harvard field hockey after a stellar two-sport career at Rye Country Day School in Rye, New York. Duarte was a four-year starter on the field hockey team at forward and midfield, serving as team captain during her junior and senior campaigns. Her 2013 and 2014 season were highlighted by a slew of awards that included being named team MVP, selections to the Harrow Sports/NFHCA High School all-region New York team, the All-FAA first team, the Journal News first team and the MSG All-Hudson Valley/Westchester first team. In addition, she was a 2014 NFHCA High School Scholar of Distinction. Those accolades came after setting the high school record for goals in a season (35) and most career goals (92), to go with 39 assists. Duarte's monumental play contributed to four-straight (2011-14) NYSAIS championships in field hockey for Rye Country Day. As a lacrosse player, she netted over 100 goals in her career, earning a 2013 FAA all-league first team nod and an honorable mention selection in 2014, while Rye went on to win the independent school championship.
The Lone Star State will be represented on the Harvard roster with the addition of Elizabeth Manela from Houston, Texas. At St. John's School, Manela lettered and started all four years as the starting goalkeeper, while also lettering as a freshman and sophomore on the swim team. The 2011 Breakout Athlete of the Year at St. John's led her team to back-to-back Southwest Preparatory Conference titles in 2011 and 2012 and four South Zone titles. In addition to her high school experience, Manela played for the Texas Pride Field Hockey Club, the U17 Junior National Team and the U19 Junior National Team.
Kathleen Young from Essex Junction, Vermont, rounds out the Class of 2019 for Harvard field hockey. Young won 10 letters at Essex High School, four in field hockey and ice hockey and two in lacrosse. She helped facilitate five state titles, three in ice hockey and two in field hockey, while racking up a slew of individual awards at Essex. On the field, she holds the record for most assists in a single season and career. Her list of awards includes: 2014 second team All-America, two-time Harrow Sports/NFHCA High School All-Region, two-time Burlignton Free Press Player of the Year, two-time BFP first team all-state and 2014 Metro Division Coaches Pick Player of the Year. She was also selected to the U19 National Tournament, U19 Futures Elite, U16 Junior Olympic team and the U16 National tournament team. On the ice, she scored 97 goals and reached the state finals all four years of her career. In 2015, she was named "Miss Hockey" and first team all-state by the BFP, Metro Division Player of the Year and Rotary Senior All-Star Classic Team MVP.