Junior Bente van Vlijmen recorded her second career hat trick in Harvard's 4-0 win over Holy Cross. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Bente van Vlijmen recorded her second career hat trick to lead No. 15 Harvard field hockey to a 4-0 win over Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 2) at Berylson Field. Junior Maddie Earle added her first goal of the season for Harvard, which outshot the Crusaders 44-0 for the game, including a 33 shots on net.
Junior Casey Allen added two assists for the Crimson, which took control of the game early on.
Harvard held an 11-0 edge on penalty corners and converted an early first half opportunity, as van Vlijmen found the bottom board with a well-placed shot from the top of the circle at the 10:39 mark.
Just before the end of the first half, Earle scored on an off-balance shot at 30:49 after a great feed from Casey Allen from the right side.
Two more goals in the second half from van Vlijmen, one on a rebound at 40:57, and the second from 15 feet out at 60:55 gave the standout midfielder a three-goal game.
- Bente van Vlijmen recorded her sixth multi-goal effort of her career and her second career hat trick
- Casey Allen notched her second career two-assist game.
- Junior goalkeeper Callie Rennyson picked up her first career win and shutout.
- Harvard improved to 18-2 in the all-time series against Holy Cross.
- The Crimson is 2-0 to start the season for the second straight year.
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).