Big Second Half Helps No. 14 Field Hockey Defeat Maine, 4-1

Natalie Sicher had a goal and an assist to help lead Harvard past Maine. (Gil Talbot)
Natalie Sicher had a goal and an assist to help lead Harvard past Maine. (Gil Talbot)
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three second half goals helped No. 14 Harvard field hockey (3-2) pull away from Maine on Sunday (Sept. 22) in a 4-1 win for the Crimson over the Black Bears at Berylson Field.

Senior captain Bente van Vlijmen scored twice on penalty corners in the fourth quarter, and both Natalie Sicher (game-winner) and Casey Allen added goals to help lead Harvard to victory. Sicher had a goal and an assist on the afternoon.

Harvard outshot Maine 17-4 for the game, with sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo making two saves for the Crimson.

Allen helped Harvard get off to a quick start, as her reverse stick shot off a feed from Sicher into the top right corner of the net helped the Crimson pull ahead 1-0 at 8:20 of the opening quarter.

Just over two minutes later, Maine tied the game on a penalty stroke from Cassand Mascarenhas, and the score remained 1-1 heading into the second half.

Late in the third quarter, Sicher scored what proved to be the game winning goal, as she put in a long rebound off an initial shot by Rachel Greenwood to give Harvard a 2-1 lead with 1:20 to pay in the frame.

Bente van Vlijmen sealed the win late in the fourth quarter with two goals on consecutive penalty corners with under five minutes to play in the game. 

Game Notes

  • Harvard has won the last three meetings between Harvard and Maine, the best streak in the series for the Crimson.
  • Senior forward Bente van Vlijmen (two goals) recorded her seventh career multiple-goal game.
  • Senior forward Casey Allen (goal) has recorded a point in four of Harvard's five games this season. She has two goals and three assists on the year. 

What's Next
Harvard, the defending Ivy League champions, will open up Ivy League play on Saturday (Sept. 28) with a road contest at Yale, beginning at noon. The game will air on ESPN+.