Harvard's record setting regular season was recognized by the Ivy League.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A record setting season for No. 6 Harvard field hockey (16-1, 7-0 Ivy League) netted the Crimson an impressive number of year-end awards from the Ivy League. Tjerk van Herwaarden was named Ivy League Coach of the Year, while junior Bente van Vlijmen earned Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and first year goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo was Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
Nine individuals earned All-Ivy League honors, with Harvard boasting a conference-best five players on the first team. Sophomore Tessel Huibregtsen and van Vlijmen were unanimous First Team All-Ivy selections, while junior Maddie Earle, sophomore Hannah Pearce, and Shahbo also were named to the first team.
In addition, senior captain Kathleen Young earned Second Team All-Ivy honors, while Olivia Allin, Emily Duarte and Casey Allen all earned All-Ivy League Honorable Mention.
Harvard's season will continue this 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. in Princeton, N.J.
Tjerk van Herwaarden – Ivy League Coach of the Year
Tjerk van Herwaarden led the Crimson to heights never reached before in program history, as Harvard set several program records with a dominant run through the regular season. Harvard has won the most games (16) and currently has 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.
Tessel Huibregtsen – First Team All-Ivy (unanimous)
Huibregtsen was a unanimous First-Team All-Ivy selection as one of the league's top two-way players, recording a career high 18 points (six goals, six assists). She was named Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 24 playing a key role in Harvard's 3-1 win at No. 3 Princeton with a goal and an assist in the game. She was also Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 22. Huibregtsen has points in five straight games (four goals, four assists) to close the season, and is a big part of the Crimson's nation-leading defensive unit, allowing .65 goals per game, with 10 shutouts.
Bente van Vlijmen – Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Ivy (unanimous)
Bente van Vlijmen was the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and a First Team All-Ivy selection. A two-time NFHCA/Longstreth All-American, van Vlijmen is in the midst of her best season with the Crimson, recording 30 points (12 goals, six assists). Bente recorded points in all but five games for the Crimson, and was the team's most consistent threat on the attack, recording a team-high 46 shots on goal, twice as much as the next highest number on the team. She was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 3 after notching five goals combined in wins against UNH and Holy Cross.
Maddie Earle – First Team All-Ivy
A First Team All-Ivy selection and the Ivy League scoring champion, Maddie Earle had her best season for Harvard this year. She recorded 35 points (15 goals, five assists) and is 15th in the nation with an average of 2.06 points per game. Earle had 13 goals in her last 11 games, including hat tricks against No. 18 Maine and Cornell, and was a big part of Harvard's fourth-ranked scoring offense (3.71 goals per game). Earle is on pace to near the single season program scoring record (42 points) held by Judy Collins '99 and Shelley Maasdorp '05.
Hannah Pearce – First Team All-Ivy
A First Team All-Ivy selection, Pearce is a big part of the Crimson's nation-leading defensive unit, allowing .65 goals per game, with 10 shutouts. The sophomore back has started every game since she arrived at Harvard and added a goal and three assists on the offensive end this year.
Ellie Shahbo – Ivy League Rookie of the Year, First Team All-Ivy
The Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a First Team All-Ivy selection, first-year goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo had an excellent year for the Crimson, finishing the regular season 10-1-0 with three shutouts and a nation-leading .56 goals-against average. Shahbo has won 10 straight starts (UMass, Yale, Maine, Penn, BU, Cornell, Princeton, Boston College, Dartmouth, Columbia), allowing just three goals in that span. In her first career start, Shahbo made 10 saves against the No. 3 Maryland, the most by a Harvard goalie since 2015 (Issy Davies, 11 saves vs. Maine, 9/13/15).
Kathleen Young – Second Team All-Ivy
A Second Team All-Ivy selection, Young returned from a major injury last year and was again a big factor in Harvard's offensive attack, recording 16 points (six goals, four assists). A senior captain, Young helped guide the Crimson to its best regular season in program history, and scored several key goals for Harvard, including the lone goal in Harvard's 1-0 win over No. 13 Boston College.
Casey Allen – All-Ivy Honorable Mention
An All-Ivy League Honorable Mention selection, Casey Allen had a breakout year in the midfield for Harvard, recording a career high 21 points (five goals, 11 assists), and leading the team with 11 assists (12th, NCAA with .65 per game) as a key part of Harvard's penalty corner unit. Allen earned Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 29, recording two goals and an assist in Harvard's Ivy League title-clinching win on Oct. 27 vs. Dartmouth.
Olivia Allin – All-Ivy Honorable Mention
An All-Ivy Honorable Mention selection, senior Olivia Allin was a major factor all over the field for Harvard, recording a career high five goals while helping Harvard become the top defensive unit in the nation. Allin, one of Harvard's pivotal defenders, has started nearly every game for the Crimson over the past three seasons.
Emily Duarte – All-Ivy Honorable Mention
An Ivy League Honorable Mention selection, Duarte had a breakout year as the stopper on Harvard's penalty corner unit, recording a goal and eight assists for a career high 10 points. Duarte was a key part of Harvard's excellent defensive unit, helping the Crimson record 10 shutouts and hold opponents to .65 points per game.