Kathleen Young scored to help Harvard earn a 2-0 win over Northeastern. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Bente van Vlijmen notched her team-leading seventh goal of the season, and senior captain Kathleen Young added a second half goal to lead No. 18 Harvard field hockey (4-1) to a 2-0 win over Northeastern (1-4) at Berylson Field.
Senior goalkeeper Libby Manela made two saves to earn her third win of the year, and her first shutout.
Harvard, which outshot Northeastern 19-5 for the night, including a 11-2 edge in shots on net, got things going midway through the first half on a penalty corner. A long rebound off an initial shot by van Vlijmen came right back to her, and she deposited a follow up into the lower right corner to put the Crimson up 1-0 at 21:05.
The Crimson held a 7-3 edge on penalty corners for the night.
Manela made her best save of a half on a deflected shot from long range to keep Harvard in front.
Harvard sealed the win on Young's third goal of the season, a redirection off an initial shot by freshman Kiley Allen, who picked up an assist on the goal at 55:28.
- Bente van Vlijmen leads the Ivy League with seven goals on the year, and entered the weekend tied for third in the nation with 1.50 goals per game.
- Harvard improved to 2-0 at home this season and is now 14-4 in its last 18 games at Berylson Field dating back to the start of the 2016 season.
- Senior captain Libby Manela now has eight career shutouts in net.
- Harvard earned its first win at home against Northeastern since 2008 and has won three of the last four meetings with the Huskies.
- Harvard has outshot its opponent in all but one game this season.
Harvard will host UMass on Sunday afternoon (1 pm) at Berylson Field. The game will air on ESPN+.