No. 15 Field Hockey Set For Season Opener at UNH, Home Debut vs. Holy Cross

No. 15 Field Hockey Set For Season Opener at UNH, Home Debut vs. Holy Cross

No. 15 Harvard field hockey will kick off the 2018 season this weekend with games against New Hampshire and Holy Cross. 

 No. 15 Harvard field hockey will kick off the 2018 season this weekend, beginning with a road contest on Friday night (6 pm) at New Hampshire (1-1), a game that will air on On Sunday, the Crimson returns home to take on Holy Cross (0-1) in its first game of the year at Berylson Field. The game will air on ESPN+. Admission is free for all home Harvard field hockey contests.

How to Follow
Broadcast: at New Hampshire –
                vs. Holy Cross – ESPN+ (Talent: Ben Hayes)
Live Stats: at New Hampshire | vs. Holy Cross
Twitter: @HarvardFH
Admission: FREE

What to Know

  • Led by head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden, Harvard returns its top four scorers from a season ago, including Longstreth/NFHCA All-American Bente van Vlijmen and reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year Mimi Tarrant. Seniors Libby Manela and Kathleen Young will captain the 2018 team. 
  • Mimi Tarrant (12 goals, nine assists; No. 1), Bente van Vlijmen (11 goals, two assists; No. 3), Kathleen Young (10 goals, three assists; No. 5), and Maddie Earle (nine goals, four assists; No. 6) are four of the top six returning scorers in the Ivy League. Harvard finished the 2017 season fifth in the nation and tops in the Ivy League with an average of 3.82 goals per game.
  • Senior Libby Manela started nine games at goalkeeper for Harvard last season, finishing the year with the nation's fourth best goals-against average (1.02), including three shutouts. Overall, Harvard had the sixth best goals-against average in the nation (1.22), including an Ivy-best six shutouts on the year.
  • New Hampshire leads the all-time series against Harvard, 23-13-1, while the Crimson owns a 17-2 edge all-time against Holy Cross. Harvard defeated UNH, 3-0, at Berylson Field last season, while earning a 7-0 road win at Holy Cross in 2017.
  • Picked to finish second in the Ivy League in 2018, Harvard is coming off a year in which it set a school record for wins (13), finishing last year 13-4, including a 6-1 record in Ivy League play.

At The Helm
Tjerk van Herwaarden enters his seventh season as the head coach of Harvard field hockey, with a 55-47 mark overall, and a 24-18 record in Ivy play. The Crimson is 15-1 in its last 16 Ancient Eight contests.

Next Up
Harvard will head to the Terrapin Invitational next weekend with games against American (Sept. 8, 1:30 pm) and No. 4 Maryland (Sept. 9, 1:30 pm).