Oliva Allin and the Crimson will host Yale and No. 19 Maine this weekend (Gil Talbot).
Harvard (2-4, 0-0 Ivy) vs.
CAMRBIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team (2-4, 0-0 Ivy) will play a pair of games at Berylson Family Field Hockey Field this weekend, beginning with Ivy League rival Yale (4-2, 0-0 Ivy) Friday night and followed up with a visit from No. 19 Maine (6-2) Sunday.
Harvard field hockey welcomes back its alumnae for Friday night's game as part of its Alumnae Weekend. The team will host a pre-game reception in the Dillon Lounge at 6 p.m., prior to face-off with Yale at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out
Harvard dropped a pair of contests last weekend, falling at home to Northeastern and then losing a road contest at UMass. The game versus the Huskies saw the Crimson score a season-high three goals, with Abbey Thornhill, Marissa Balleza and Maddie Earle each finding the back of the net.
Second to One
Senior Marissa Balleza moved up another spot on Harvard's all-time points list last weekend, potting two goals and contributing an assist. Her five points improved her career total to 89, surpassing Shelley Maasdorp '05 (86) for second all-time. Balleza sits 13 shy of the program record of 102 held by Judy Collins '99. Balleza is also five scores shy of the career goals record of 43 held by Collins.
Senior Abbey Thornhill and freshman Maddie Earle both found the back of the cage for their first career goals in Crimson uniforms last Friday. Thornhill, who transferred to Harvard from Wake Forest before her junior year, scored Harvard's first goal against Northeastern, while Earle was part of Harvard's late-game surge, beating the Huskies goaltender with less than three minutes left in regulation.
Dating back to the 2014 season, Harvard is 13-8 on its home turf. Prior to this year, the Crimson played on Jordan Field and at Harvard Field Hockey Stadium, posting a winning record at home each of those years. This season, the Crimson in 2-1 at the new Berylson Family Field Hockey Field.
Marissa Balleza and Maddie Earle were selected to this week's Ivy League Honor Roll. Balleza registered five points to earn her second honor roll selection, while Earle garnered her first selection after scoring her first career goal.
Friday's matchup in Cambridge is also the first Ivy game of the season for the Bulldogs who enter the game 4-2 overall after downing Georgetown, 4-2, last Sunday. After a scoreless first half, Yale reeled off four-straight goals over a 5:36 span to take a commanding advantage over the Hoyas.
Carol Middough scored the first two goals in that run for Yale and enters this week as the Ivy League leader in goals (five) and is tied for the league lead in points (11). Senior Danee Fitzgerald is second on the team with seven points (3-1—7). Classmate Emilie Katz has played the entire season in goal for the Bulldogs, posting a 1.66 goals-against and a .737 save mark.
Harvard boasts a 22-15-7 advantage in the all-time series against Yale and has won each of the last three meetings.
After a 4-0 start to the season, Maine is 2-2 in its last four games, losing to No. 9 Boston University and No. 5 North Carolina, while beating Bryant and UC Davis. The Black Bears travel to Boston this weekend for battles with Northeastern Saturday and Harvard Sunday.
Maine has four student-athletes that have reached double-digit points this season, led by junior Madison Cummings 21 (10-1—21). Cummings' 1.25 goals per game mark ranks fourth nationally. Sophomores Casey Crowley and Libby Riedl each have seven assists this season, a 0.88 per game average, good for tops in America East and fifth nationally. As a team, Maine averages 4.63 assists per game, which also leads the nation. It's 4.25 goals per game is sixth-best.
Maine has six wins in the seven meeting all-time against Harvard. The Black Bears won last year's meeting, 7-1, while Harvard took a 2-1 decision the year before.
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 areCasey Allen, Maddie Earle, Grace Geiger, Olivia Ostrover, Callie Rennyson and Bente van Vlijmen.
Ivy League Digital Network
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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.