No. 6 Field Hockey Celebrates Outright Ivy Title, Defeats Columbia, 6-0

Harvard celebrated its fifth Ivy League title after defeating Columbia, 6-0, at Berylson Field on Senior Day. 

No. 6 Harvard field hockey (16-1, 7-0 Ivy League) capped off a record-setting regular season in style, beating Columbia (8-9, 2-5 Ivy League), 6-0, on Senior Day at Berylson Field.

Junior Maddie Earle had a goal and two assists, and seniors Olivia Allin and Kathleen Young added goals for the Crimson, which finished the year with a perfect home (8-0) and conference (7-0) record. First year goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo made four saves to earn her 10th win of the season.

Harvard has won 13 games in a row overall, and amazingly, did not allow a goal at Berylson Field all season, outscoring opponents 33-0 in home games.

An early goal off a penalty corner from Allin (9:48) gave Harvard a 1-0 lead. The Crimson broke through for two late first half goals to break the game open, as Rachel Greenwood (28:54) and Earle (32:50) helped Harvard take a 3-0 lead at the half.

Harvard continued to push the pace, as Natalie Sicher scored from a tough angle off a great pass from Earle at 45:20. Young scooped a rebound past the Columbia goalkeeper at 57:23, then Tessel Huibregtsen rounded out the scoring with a great individual effort at 67:15.

The Crimson celebrated its fifth Ivy League title after the game, as the team was presented with a trophy after clinching the conference title outright.

Harvard Highlights

  • Junior Maddie Earle now leads the Ivy League with 15 goals and 35 points (15 goals, five assists) on the season.
  • Sophomore Natalie Sicher added a goal and an assist, her second three-plus point effort of the season.
  • First-year goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo (four saves) has won 10 straight starts (UMass, Yale, Maine, Penn, BU, Cornell, Princeton, Boston College, Dartmouth, Columbia), allowing just three goals in that span.

 Game Notes

  • For the second time in the last three seasons (and second time in program history), Harvard finished the regular season with a perfect 7-0 record in Ivy League play. Harvard has won 22 of its last 23 Ivy League contests overall.
  • Harvard now leads the all-time series against Columbia, 16-6, with the Crimson winning six straight in the series against the Lions.
  • It was a dream regular season for Harvard with several team records falling:

Most wins in a season (16)
Longest winning streak (13)
Highest national ranking (No. 6)
Most hat tricks (4) 

What's Next?
Harvard will await the NCAA Field Hockey Division I Tournament selection show, which will air on Sunday, Nov. 4 on at 10 p.m.