Harvard sophomore Bente van Vlijmen is the third two-time All-American in program history.
GILBERT, Ariz. – For the second consecutive year, field hockey standout Bente van Vlijmen earned Longstreth/NFHCA All-America second team honors, the organization announced today (Dec. 5). The selection of van Vlijmen as an All-American marks the 15th time in program history that a Harvard student-athlete has earned All-America honors. This marks the third time in program history that Harvard has had Longstreth/NFHCA All-American selections in back-to-back years. Last season, van Vlijmen and senior Marissa Balleza (third team) earned the highest honor in college field hockey.
An All-ECAC First Team, Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region First Team, and All-Ivy League First Team selection, van Vlijmen had a career year, notching 24 points (11 goals, two assists) in 17 games, and leading the team with 43 shots on goal. A native of Zeist, The Netherlands, van Vlijmen is on her way to a prolific career for the Crimson, with 40 points (19 goals, two assists), in 33 games played over two seasons. She is the third two-time All-American in program history, joining Judy Collins '99 and Jen Ahn '04.
Harvard finished the 2017 season with a 13-4 record (6-1 Ivy League) setting a new program record for wins in a season. Head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden helped Harvard achieve its highest national ranking, as the Crimson reached No. 13 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll.