Field hockey head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden announced the addition of six freshman to the program before the start of the 2018 season.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Fresh of setting a school record for wins in a season (13), the Harvard field hockey team has announced the addition of six newcomers in the Class of 2022. Joining the Crimson in fall will be: Kiley Allen, Elizabeth Denehy, Rachel Greenwood, Olivia Hoover, Ellie Shahbo, and Lilly Whitman.
"We are thrilled to welcome Kiley, Elizabeth, Rachel, Olivia, Ellie, and Lilly and their families to our program," said head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden. "These six very talented young women will continue to strive for excellence off and on the field when they arrive at Harvard, just as they have done so far in their lives. They will boost the quality we already have for each line on the field and I expect these six will make an impact on our program so we can continue to grow and compete for championships every year. They will bring a tremendous amount of competitive and successful high performance hockey to our team and do so while enriching our team culture with their personalities."
The group hails from New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and England. They will join a team that finished the 2017 season with a 13-4 record (6-1 Ivy League).
Kiley Allen l M l Berwyn, Pa. l Conestoga High School
Four-year starter on the field hockey team at Conestoga…Also lettered on the varsity track team…Team captain at Conestoga in 2017…A three-time All-State selection (1st team, 2017; 2nd team, 2016, honorable mention, 2015)…Four-time All-Main Line and three time All-Central League selection…Conestoga was a three-time Pennsylvania District 1 AAA quarterfinalist, and four-time PIAA Central League champion during her time there…Played club field hockey for WC Eagles from 2012-18…Max Field Hockey Top 50 Players Class of 2018…U19 USA STX Select, Junior National Camp, Stars and Stripes Tournament and National Futures Tournament selection…AP Scholar…Johns Hopkins CTY Scholar…NFHCA 2017 National High School Academic Award winner…Anti-Defamation League Board Member…Older sister Casey Allen is a current sophomore on the Harvard field hockey team.
Elizabeth Denehy l M l Essex Fells, N.J. l Oak Knoll School
Four year starter on the field hockey team at Oak Knoll…Also lettered on the varsity track team and the varsity swim team…Team captain at Oak Knoll in 2017…Go Play Sports Tours/ NFHCA All Region New Jersey Team…All-State Second Team selection (2017)…NJ.com/Star Ledger Defender to Watch (2017)…Max Field Hockey: All-PA/NJ Region Second Team…All Non-Public First Team selection…Three-time All-Conference and All-County First Team selection…Four-time Essex/Union Conference All Star…Max Field Hockey "Next 50 Best Players" National Ranking Class of 2018…NJ.Com/Star Ledger Field Hockey Team of the Year (2017)…Ranked No. 1 team in New Jersey, No. 6 in United States…Four-time Conference, Country and Non-Public State Section Champions…Three-time Non Public State Champions…Played club field hockey for New Heights Field Hockey from 2013-18…2017 National Club Championship U19 silver medalist... 2017-18 Oak Knoll Scholar Athlete of the Year…Cum Laude society…AP Scholar….Peer Tutor.
Rachel Greenwood l M/F l Preston, England l Cardinal Newman College
Starter at Cardinal Newman College field hockey team and also previously at the Kirkham Grammar School…Also member of track, tennis and netball teams at Kirkham Grammar…Team captain at Cardinal Newman College…Member of England U18 and U16 teams with a total of 35 caps from 2015-18…Top goal scorer for England U16 team in 2016…Played club field hockey with Fylde Hockey Club (2012-18)...Two-time club team MVP (2017-18)…MVP at Future's Cup in 2017 with North U18-Team…U18 Indoor National Club finalist in 2016-17…Club team played in National Club League…Top student in Biology, Chemistry, and English at Kirkham Grammar…Earned Gold Award, Best In School (2016) in UK Maths Challenge, Silver Award in 2017…Member of Biology Olympiad Team at Cardinal Newman.
Olivia Hoover l M/F l Collegeville, Pa. l Methacton High School
Four year starter on the field hockey team at Methacton…Also lettered on the varsity indoor and outdoor track teams at Methacton…Team captain at Methacton in 2017…NFHCA First Team PA All-Region Team (2017)…First Team PA All-State AAA selection (2016-17)…Second PA All-State AAA selection (2015)…PAC All-Area First Team selection…PA/NJ Top 35 Players To Watch selection…Philadelphia Field Hockey Senior All-Star Game selection…Methacton field hockey career points leader…PAC Champs (2017) and four PA District playoff appearances…Played club field hockey at Viper Field Hockey (2008-18)…USA U17 and U19 Indoor National Team selection…NFHCA HS Academic Squad (2016-17)…PSFHCA All-Academic Squad (2017)…AP Scholar…Methacton Student Ambassador…Class Congress Treasurer…Pennsylvania Senate Good Citizenship Award (2015)…Chairperson for Play 4 the Cure…Sister Alexa was a two-time All-American at Penn.
Ellie Shahbo l GK l Cornelius, N.C. l St. George's College (UK)
Two-year starter on the field hockey team at St. George's College…Team captain at St. George's College (2018)…Played club field hockey with Surbiton Field Hockey (2012-18) where she was a starting goalkeeper and team captain throughout her time with the club…Captain of England U18 team…L1's English Premier League Cup Final Champions...L1's English Premier League Champion…Three-time Club National Champion…Awarded Athletic Scholarship all seven years at St. George's College…Head Girl/Captain of St. George's in 2017-18…International Sports Award (2015-16)…Effort, Progress and Attainment Award (Biology, Chemistry)…Co-Founder of the Kepler Science Society…CAFOD Young Leaders Program…Father Khaled player for the NFL's San Diego Chargers.
Lilly Whitman l M/D l Charlotte, N.C. l Charlotte Country Day School
Four-year starter on the field hockey team at Charlotte Country Day…Team captain at Charlotte Country Day in 2017…Also a three-year starter on the women's lacrosse team, where she was an All-Conference selection and three-time state champion…All-State selection (2016-17)…All-Conference selection (2016-17)…NCISAA All-Star (2016-17)…Mid-Atlantic All-Region Second Team (2017)…Won state championship in 2014 and was state runner-up in 2015…Two-time UNC Field Hockey Gatorade Will to Win Award winner…Played club field hockey for Charlotte Ambush (2012-18)…NFHCA High School National Academic Team selection…Member of the Honor Council…Member of National Art Honor Society…Volunteered at Big Brother/Big Sisters and with the Special Olympics.