No. 16 Field Hockey Rallies Past Yale, 2-1, in Ivy Opener

Bente van Vlijmen scored the decisive goal in the third quarter to lift Harvard past Yale.
Bente van Vlijmen scored the decisive goal in the third quarter to lift Harvard past Yale.

NEW HAVEN, CT – Senior captain Bente van Vlijmen scored the deciding goal to help lift No. 16 Harvard field hockey (4-2, 1-0 Ivy League) to a 2-1 win over Yale (2-4, 0-1 Ivy League) in the Ivy League opener for both teams.

Sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo made five saves to improve to 3-1 on the year, as Harvard outshot Yale 14-6 for the game, and had a 7-2 advantage on penalty corners.

With the game tied at 1-1 late in the third quarter, a long rebound off a penalty corner chance for Harvard led to the pivotal goal for van Vlijmen, whose reverse stick shot hit the back board to put the Crimson ahead with 3:25 to go in the third frame.

Shahbo made two saves in the fourth quarter to help preserve the win for Harvard.

The Crimson got off to a quick start, converting on an early penalty corner on a well-placed shot by junior Hannah Pearce.

Pearce wasted no time with the shot off a feed from stopper Kiley Allen, and found the back of the cage to put the Crimson up 1-0 at 8:36 of the opening quarter. Yale evened the score on a penalty corner with 1:12 to play in the opening frame, but Harvard would find the game-winner in the second half.

Game Notes

  • Harvard has won the last seven meetings against Yale, matching its longest winning streak in the series.
  • The Crimson has won 10 games in a row in Ivy League play dating back to 2017.
  • Senior forward Bente van Vlijmen (goal), now leads the team with three goals on the year.
  • Senior forward Casey Allen (assist) has recorded a point in five of Harvard's six games this season. She has two goals and four assists on the year. 

What's Next
Harvard will host New Hampshire in non-conference play tomorrow afternoon (2 p.m.) at Berylson Field. The game will air on ESPN+.