Harvard hosts Dartmouth tomorrow at noon and will honor its four seniors. (Jeff Weinstein)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 16 Harvard field hockey (11-4, 4-1 Ivy) will play its final regular season home game against conference rival Dartmouth (7-8, 2-3 Ivy League) tomorrow (Oct. 28) at noon. The Crimson will honor its four seniors – Ellie Cookson, Emily Ott, Olivia Startup, and Hannah Wellington – in a ceremony before the game.
Harvard's senior class has been responsible for 42 wins in their careers, guaranteeing themselves a spot among the top three winningest classes in Harvard Field Hockey history.
The Last Time Out
In its final non-conference contest of the season, Harvard won a hard-fought 2-1 game against local rival No. 21 Boston University on Tuesday night at Berylson Field. Sophomore Casey Allen scored her first career goal in the first half, and senior captain Hannah Wellington netted the game winner in the second half to help lift Harvard to the victory. Junior goalkeeper Libby Manela (4-4) made five saves to earn the win in net.
The First Line
• Harvard has emerged as one of the top offensive teams in the nation, ranking first in the Ivy League and fifth in the country with an average of 3.67 goals per game. On the defensive side, Harvard leads the Ivy League, allowing just 1.25 goals per game.
• Harvard has a chance to set the program record for wins in single season, a mark established last year, when the Crimson finished the year 12-6 (7-0 Ivy League), matching a program record for wins and capturing its first conference title since 2004, Harvard's first outright Ivy crown in field hockey since 1990.
• Several players have keyed Harvard's success on offense. Reigning Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America Bente van Vlijmen has 20 points (nine goals, two assists). a new career high and sophomore Maddie Earle (seven goals, four assists) is also having a career year. Freshman Mimi Tarrant has 23 points (eight goals, seven assists) to lead all Ivy League freshmen. Freshman Hannah Pearce has six goals on the year, and senior captain Hannah Wellington has 16 points (seven goals, two assists).
Before an injury, junior Kathleen Young (10 goals, three assists) was a major contributor as well.
• Senior goalkeeper Olivia Startup (UC Davis, Pacific, Northeastern, Lafayette, Holy Cross, Brown, Cornell) and junior goalkeeper Libby Manela (Stanford, UConn, New Hampshire, Yale, Penn, Boston College, Princeton, BU) have both started in net for the Crimson, with Startup earning seven wins in all seven games, and Manela putting up some of the best goalkeeping numbers in the nation (1.14 GAA, 5th NCAA; .744 save percentage).
Feature: The Three Cs
Thanks to her current five-game scoring streak in which she's accumulated 10 points, Katie Spanos has moved into a tie for fourth in the Ivy League this season with 25 points. Goalkeeper Hailey Valerio leads the Ivy League with an average of eight saves per game. The Big Green has won three in a row (New Hampshire, Columbia, Holy Cross) heading into the weekend.
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 will close out the regular season with a road contest at Columbia next Sunday (Nov. 5) at 11 a.m.