No. 17 Harvard field hockey will take on American and No. 3 Maryland this weekend at the Terrapin Invitational. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 17 Harvard field hockey (2-0) will look to continue its strong start this weekend with games against American (3-1) and No. 3 Maryland (5-0) at the Terrapin Invitational. Harvard will take on American on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. before squaring off against tournament host Maryland on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Crimson is coming off a 4-0 win last Sunday against Holy Cross in its home opener, with junior Bente van Vlijmen leading the way with her second career hat trick.
How to Follow
Live Stats: vs. American | at No. 3 Maryland
What to Know
- The Crimson is 2-0 to start the season for the second straight year after wins at New Hampshire (4-1) and vs. Holy Cross (4-0) last weekend. Juniors Bente van Vlijmen (five goals) and Casey Allen (four assists) keyed Harvard's success. With five goals in two games, van Vlijmen is the nation's early leader in goals per game (2.5), while Allen leads the country in assists per game (2).
- Harvard was dominant in its opening two games, outshooting UNH and Holy Cross by a combined 58-6 margin with a 15-2 margin on penalty corners. Senior captain Libby Manela made four saves against UNH to earn the win in goal, while Callie Rennyson earned the win against Holy Cross.
- Harvard and American have never played against each other in field hockey. Harvard will take on Maryland for the third time in school history and the first meeting between the two teams since 2005. The Terps won both meetings between the two teams. Harvard head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden won five national championships in seven seasons on the coaching staff at Maryland, working in College Park from 2005-11.
- 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.
- 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.
At The Helm
Tjerk van Herwaarden enters his seventh season as the head coach of Harvard field hockey, with a 57-47 mark overall, and a 24-18 record in Ivy play. The Crimson is 15-1 in its last 16 Ancient Eight contests.
Harvard will return to Berylson Field next weekend for games against Northeastern (Friday, Sept. 14) and Massachusetts (Sunday, Sept. 16). Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+.