Harvard heads to Cornell having won 12 straight games in Ivy League play, a streak that dates back to 2015. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 13 Harvard field hockey (9-3, 3-0 Ivy) continues Ivy League play this weekend with a trip to Ithaca to take on Cornell (7-3, 1-2 Ivy) on Saturday (Oct. 14) at noon. Harvard takes a 12-game winning streak in Ivy League play (dating back to 2015) into the contest, with the Crimson outscoring conference opponents 46-8 during the run.
The Crimson earned a 7-0 win over Brown on Friday at Berylson Field before falling to No. 8 Boston College, 2-1 (SO) on the road on Sunday despite outshooting the Eagles 19-14 for the game.
The First Line
• For the second consecutive week, Harvard was ranked No. 13 in the most recent Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, matching the highest national ranking in program history.
• Harvard has emerged as one of the top offensive teams in the nation, ranking first in the Ivy League and third in the country with an average of 4.08 goals per game. Harvard has scored five or more goals in half (6) of its games this season. On the defensive side, Harvard leads the Ivy League allowing just 1.08 goals per game.
• Several players have keyed Harvard's run of dominant play. Sophomore Bente van Vlijmen has 20 points (nine goals, two assists), and freshman Mimi Tarrant has 18 points (six goals, six assists) to lead all Ivy League freshmen. Freshman Hannah Pearce is tied with Tarrant, leading all Ivy freshmen with six goals on the year, and senior captain Hannah Wellington has 14 points (six goals, two assists), a new career high. Before injuries, junior Kathleen Young (10 goals, three assists) and sophomore Maddie Earle (seven goals, four assists) were major contributors as well.
• Senior goalkeeper Olivia Startup (UC Davis, Pacific, Northeastern, Lafayette, Holy Cross, Brown) and junior goalkeeper Libby Manela (Stanford, UConn, New Hampshire, Yale, Penn, Boston College) have both started in net for the Crimson, with Startup earning six wins in six games, and Manela putting up some of the best goalkeeping numbers in the nation (0.88 GAA, 4th NCAA; .786 save percentage, 8th NCAA)
Cornell picked up its first Ivy League win of the season last weekend when it defeated Yale, 3-2. The Big Red is led up front by Sam McIlwrick, who has 10 points (four goals, two assists) on the season. Cornell has one of the top defensive units in the country, allowing 1.10 goals per game, as sophomore goalkeeper Maddie Henry (5-2, 0.94 GAA, .837 Save %), has been fantastic in net.
The Last Time Out
In a game dominated for long stretches by the Crimson, Harvard fell, 2-1, in a shootout to No. 8 Boston College (9-5) at Newton Field Hockey Complex, snapping a seven game winning streak.
Freshman Hannah Pearce scored the lone goal for the Crimson, tying the game midway through the first half. Harvard outshot BC 10-3 in the second half, and 19-14 for the game, but could not get the decisive goal past BC goalkeeper Sarah Dwyer (eight saves). Harvard goalie Libby Manela (five saves) was equally excellent.
Cookson Breaks Assists Record
Senior Ellie Cookson became Harvard's all-time leader with 27 career assists with an assist at Northeastern on Sept. 15. Cookson broke the previous mark held by Jen Ahn '04, and Ceci Clark '92, who both had 26 career assists. She has extended her record to 32, leading the team with eight assists on the season.
On The Right Track
Tjerk van Herwaarden has guided the Crimson back onto the national scene since taking over the helm of the program six years ago. In addition to leading Harvard to the Ivy title and NCAA Tournament, the 12 wins in 2016 matched a program record. His 42 wins in the first five years of his career at Harvard is just one shy of the most ever by a Crimson field hockey coach. This season he has guided Harvard to its highest national ranking (No. 13) ever.
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Harvard takes on rival Princeton next Saturday (Oct. 21, 12 p.m.) at Berylson Field in a game that will air on the Ivy League Network.