Harvard has a chance to set a program record for wins when it takes on Columbia on Sunday. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 16 Harvard field hockey (12-4, 5-1 Ivy) aims for a program record 13th win on Sunday (Nov. 5) at Columbia (9-7, 4-2 Ivy) in its final regular season contest of the year. The game will air on the Ivy League Network, beginning at 11 a.m.
The Last Time Out
Freshman Mimi Tarrant, named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the third time, had two goals and an assist to help Harvard rally from an early deficit for a 6-2 win over Dartmouth at Berylson Field on Saturday afternoon. Bente van Vlijmen, Tessel Huibregtsen, Maddie Earle, and Olivia Allin added second-half goals for Harvard, which trailed 2-0 late in the first half before scoring six unanswered goals.
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 3.81 goals per game. On the defensive side, Harvard leads the Ivy League, allowing just 1.29 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. Freshman Mimi Tarrant has 28 points (10 goals, eight assists) to lead all Ivy League freshmen. Reigning Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America Bente van Vlijmen has 22 points (10 goals, two assists). a new career high and sophomore Maddie Earle (eight goals, four assists) is also having a career year. 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, Dartmouth) 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 eight wins in all eight games, and Manela putting up some of the best goalkeeping numbers in the nation (1.14 GAA, 7th NCAA; .744 save percentage).
The Lions lead the Ivy League and rank No. 9 in the NCAA, averaging 7.88 penalty corners per game. Columbia is also averaging 2.56 assists per game, which is 11th nationally and second in the Ancient Eight. Maeve Doherty leads the squad with 32 points (11 goals, 10 assits). Goalkeeper Katie Dempsey has started all 16 games in goal and boasts a 2.70 GAA with a .690 save percentage and three shutouts.
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 34, leading the team with 10 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.
Ivy League Network
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Harvard will await the NCAA Field Hockey Selection Announcement on Sunday night at 10 p.m., which will air on NCAA.com.