Harvard and Penn State will meet for the first time ever in field hockey.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A record-setting season for No. 6 Harvard field hockey (16-1, 7-0 Ivy League) will continue next weekend at the NCAA Tournament, as the Ivy League champions will take on Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m..
Harvard is making its sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament after winning its fifth Ivy League title (1990, 1991, 2004, 2016, 2018) with a perfect season in conference play. Harvard has previously played for a national championship in 1991, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2016.
This will be the first ever meeting in field hockey between Harvard and Penn State.
Harvard set several program records with a dominant run through the regular season, winning the most games (16) and having the longest winning streak (13) in program history. The Crimson did not allow a goal at Berylson Field all season, outscoring opponents 33-0 with an 8-0 record on its home field.
The dream season for the Crimson has been keyed by fantastic defensive play, and a balanced scoring attack. Harvard's team goals-against average is second in the nation (0.65) and it has 10 shutouts this season, which is tops in the nation. Harvard is fifth in the nation in scoring offense (3.71 goals per game), led by juniors Maddie Earle (15 goals, five assists) and Bente van Vlijmen (12 goals, six assists). Earle leads the Ivy League in scoring (35 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 13 goals in her last 11 contests.
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.