Junior midfielder Bente van Vlijmen leads the Ivy League with five goals this season. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior midfielder Bente van Vlijmen earned Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honors, the league announced today (Sept. 3). The two-time All-American had her most productive two-game stretch ever at Harvard, recording five goals combined in wins against UNH and Holy Cross this week.
A native of Zeist, The Netherlands, van Vlijmen scored twice in Harvard's 4-1 win at New Hampshire on Friday, then recorded her second career hat trick in Harvard's 4-0 win over Holy Cross on Sunday. Against the Crusaders, van Vlijmen notched a team high 13 shots, including eight on frame, as the Crimson outshot the Crusaders 44-0 on the afternoon.
Van Vlijmen (five goals) is the only Ivy Leaguer to have more than one goal through the first week of the season, and now has six career multiple goal games.
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)