Field Hockey Dominates Yale, 2-0

Bente van Vlijmen scored twice in the opening half Friday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Bente van Vlijmen scored her first two collegiate goals in the opening half, as Harvard field hockey (3-4, 1-0 Ivy) dominated Yale (4-3, 0-1 Ivy) at the Berylson Family Field Hockey Field Friday evening.

Harvard was in control from start-to-finish, racking up an 18-1 shot advantage, placing 12 of those on goal. The Crimson also took 14 penalty corners, while the Bulldogs did not attempt a single one. The 14 attempts from the end line is the most since the 2013 meeting against the Bulldogs when Harvard had 17 in a 3-2 win.

It was all Harvard in the opening half, as the Crimson held the Bulldogs without a shot. Meanwhile, the home team reeled off seven shots, two of which found the back of the cage to give Harvard a 2-0 lead after 35 minutes of play.

Harvard struck just 31 seconds into the contest with van Vlijmen notching her first goal in a Crimson jersey. Strong defense from Marissa Balleza and Kathleen Young forced a turnover in the Yale zone that found the stick of van Vlijmen. She then proceeded to dribble through the Yale defense in the circle before finishing with a backhand.

The Crimson continued the pressure throughout the early minutes and had a chance to double its lead when Maddie Earle fired a shot off the near post at the 18:29 juncture. In the 27th minute, Harvard did break through, with van Vlijmen finishing off a well-drawn up penalty corner play with a blast that deflected off the Yale goalie's leg pad. Kyla Cordrey, the injector on the play, and Ellie Cookson picked up the assists.

Harvard looked to build on its lead in the second half, taking eight penalty corners in the first 17 minutes, but Emilie Katz did her best to keep the Bulldogs in it, making saves on four of the attempts. Katz finished the game with 10 saves.

Although Harvard continued to attack the Yale cage, it was unable to add to its tally, taking the 2-0 victory to the final horn. Libby Manela made her first start in goal for the Crimson, stopping the one shot she faced.

Harvard remains at home, readying for No. 19 Maine on Sunday at Berylson. Game time is set for 2 p.m.