No. 18 Field Hockey Hosts Northeastern, UMass This Weekend

Gil Talbot / Harvard Athletics
Gil Talbot / Harvard Athletics

No. 18 Harvard field hockey returns home to take on regional rivals Northeastern and UMass at Berylson Field. (Gil Talbot)

 No. 18 Harvard field hockey (3-1) returns to Berylson Field this weekend for games against Northeastern (1-3) on Friday at 6 p.m. and UMass (2-4) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Harvard is coming off a split weekend at the Terrapin Invitational, defeating American, 5-2, on Saturday before falling to host No. 3 Maryland, 3-1, the next day.

How to Follow
Broadcast: vs. Northeastern – ESPN+ (Talent: Alex Vispoli, Craig White)     
                vs. UMass – ESPN+ (Talent: Andy Towne, Craig White)
Live Stats: vs. Northeastern | vs. UMass
Twitter: @HarvardFH
Admission: FREE

What to Know

  • The Crimson had another dominant performance last Saturday against American, outshooting the Eagles, 21-6, with junior Bente van Vlijmen (goal, assist) and senior Kathleen Young (goal, assist) leading the way. Goalkeeper Libby Manela made two saves to earn her second win of the season.
  • Against No. 3 Maryland on Sunday, freshman goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo in her first career start made 10 saves against the Terps, the most by a Harvard goalie since 2015 (Issy Davies, 11 saves vs. Maine, 9/13/15). Sophomore Hannah Pearce scored Harvard's lone goal in a 3-1 loss.
  • Junior Casey Allen, who had an assist against Maryland, now has points in all four of Harvard's contests this season and has seven points (goal, five assists) on the year. Allen leads the nation with an average of 1.25 assists per game. Bente van Vlijmen (six goals, assist) is fourth in the country in points per game (3.25) and goals per game (1.50).
  • Northeastern leads the all-time series against Harvard, 28-16, but the Crimson has won two of the last three meetings. Harvard is in search of its first win over the Huskies at home since 2008. The Crimson is in search of its first win against UMass since 2005, with the Minutewomen owning a 15-6-1 advantage in the all-time series.
  • 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. Bente van Vlijmen finished season with career best 24 points (11 goals, two assists) and was a Longstreth/NFHCA All-America second team selection for the second straight year.
  • 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 58-48 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 open Ivy League play next Friday night (6 p.m.) at gine against Yale before returning to non-conference play at No. 18 Maine next Sunday.