Second Half Surge Helps No. 16 Field Hockey To 5-0 Win Over UNH

Harvard earned its fourth straight win, defeating New Hampshire, 5-0, at Berylson Field.
Harvard earned its fourth straight win, defeating New Hampshire, 5-0, at Berylson Field.
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A second half surge helped No. 16 Harvard field hockey (5-2) pull away from New Hampshire (5-4), as the Crimson earned a 5-0 win over the Wildcats at Berylson Field on Sunday (Sept. 29) afternoon. With the win, Harvard extended its winning streak to four games.

Seniors Maddie Earle and Bente van Vlijmen each had a goal and an assist, first-years Mazarine Broze and Siofra Murdoch scored their first career goals, and Rachel Greenwood added a score for the Crimson, which scored four times in the second half.

Sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo (5-1) made three saves to earn the shutout in net.

The Crimson outshot New Hampshire 22-5 overall for the afternoon, and had 9-2 edge on penalty corners.

Broze helped Harvard get on the scoreboard early on, as she redirected a penalty corner shot from van Vlijmen past UNH goalkeeper Jemma Woods (7 saves) at 7:59 of the 1st quarter to put Harvard up 1-0.

Three goals in a span of less than 10 minutes midway through the second half proved to be the difference for Harvard. Bente van Vlijmen scored on a straightaway shot off a penalty corner at 8:50 of the third quarter. Then Earle scored her first of the season, corralling a rebound of a Kiley Allen shot and beating the goalkeeper with an off-balance shot at 10:19.

Early in the fourth quarter, Greenwood took advantage of a quick restart, and beat Woods with a long shot from just inside the circle at 1:15.

Then Murdoch rounded out the scoring for Harvard, scoring her first collegiate goal off a great feed from Earle at 5:19.

Game Notes

  • Harvard scored a season high five goals on the day, and earned its first shutout of the year.
  • The Crimson has won three in a row in the series against New Hampshire, and matched its greatest margin of victory all-time against the Wildcats.
  • Senior forward Bente van Vlijmen (goal, assist) leads the team with four goals on the year, and has nine points (four goals, assist) in her last three games.
  • Senior forward Casey Allen (assist) has recorded a point in six of Harvard's seven games this season. She has two goals and five assists on the year. 

What's Next
Harvard will play two home games next weekend, starting with Ivy foe Penn on Saturday (Oct. 5) at noon. The Crimson will host Liberty on Sunday (Oct. 6) at 1 p.m. Both games will air on ESPN+.