No. 6 Harvard field hockey will honor its senior class when it closes out its record-setting regular season on Saturday. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A record-setting regular season concludes for No. 6 Harvard field hockey (15-1, 6-0 Ivy League) as the Crimson hosts Columbia (8-8, 2-4 Ivy League) this Saturday, Nov. 3 at 12 p.m. on Senior Day at Berylson Field. The Ivy League regular season champions, Harvard has a chance to clinch the title outright with a perfect season in conference play, should it beat Columbia on Saturday.
What to Know
· A dream regular season for No. 6 Harvard field hockey has seen several team records fall:
Most wins in a season (15)
Longest winning streak (12)
Highest national ranking (No. 6)
Most hat tricks (4)
· Harvard came in at No. 6 in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, its highest national ranking. Harvard is also ranked No. 6 in the NCAA RPI rankings. Harvard currently has the second highest winning percentage (.938) in the nation.
· Harvard's great season has been keyed by fantastic defensive play, and a balanced scoring attack. Harvard's team goals-against average is second in the nation (0.69) and it has nine shutouts this season, which is tops in the nation. Harvard is sixth in the nation in scoring offense (3.56 goals per game), led by juniors Maddie Earle (14 goals, three assists) and Bente van Vlijmen (12 goals, five assists). Earle leads the Ivy League in scoring (31 points) and is on pace to near the single season program scoring record (42 points) held by Judy Collins '99 and Shelley Maasdorp '05. Earle has been fantastic for the Crimson of late, with 12 goals in her last 10 contests.
· First-year goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo (9-1, 0.60 GAA) made one save in Harvard's victory on Saturday and has won nine straight starts (UMass, Yale, Maine, Penn, BU, Cornell, Princeton, Boston College, Dartmouth), allowing just three goals in that span.
· Harvard leads the all-time series against Columbia, 15-6, with the Crimson winning five straight in the series against the Lions. The Crimson won last year's meeting, 4-0, in New York on Nov. 5, 2017.
At The Helm
Tjerk van Herwaarden is in his seventh season as the head coach of Harvard field hockey, with a 70-48 mark overall, and a 30-18 record in Ivy play. Harvard has won 21 of its last 22 Ivy League contests.
Harvard will await the NCAA Field Hockey Division I Tournament selection show, which will air on Sunday, Nov. 4 on NCAA.com at 10 p.m.