No. 13 Field Hockey Heads To No. 17 Boston College For Midweek Contest

Bente van Vlijmen leads Harvard with 15 points on the season. (Zachary Webster)
Bente van Vlijmen leads Harvard with 15 points on the season. (Zachary Webster)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 13 Harvard field hockey (7-2) looks to continue its winning ways with a midweek road contest against No. 17 Boston College (6-5) on Thursday (Oct. 10) at 6 p.m. The game will air on ACC Network Extra.

Harvard has won six straight games, making this the fourth straight season that the Crimson has had a winning streak of six or more contests. Last weekend Harvard swept games against Penn (W, 6-2) and No. 13 Liberty (W, 2-1 OT) at Berylson Field, with senior captain Bente van Vlijmen leading the way with two goals and two assists.

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  • Harvard and BC will meet for the 37th time in field hockey, with the Eagles owning a 22-13-1 advantage in the series. Last year, Harvard picked up its first win since 2003 against BC, defeating the Eagles, 1-0 at Berylson Field on Oct. 25, 2018. Kathleen Young notched the lone goal for Harvard, and Ellie Shahbo notched a save to earn the win.
  • Against Liberty on Sunday, junior Mimi Tarrant's game-winning goal in overtime was the difference. Senior Maddie Earle found Tarrant alone in the circle, From 10 yards out, Tarrant found the lower left corner to give the Crimson the victory at 6:09 of the first overtime period.
  • Senior forward Bente van Vlijmen (goal) leads the team with six goals on the year, and has 15 points (six goals, three assists) in her last five games. van Vlijmen (38 goals, 12 assists; 88 points) is third on the Harvard all-time goals and points list. She needs 9 goals to match the school record set by Marissa Ballezza '17 (47), and 22 points to match Ballezza's points record (110)
  • Harvard is 2-2 against ranked opponents this season, picking up wins against No. 13 Liberty and No. 22 UAlbany earlier this season.
  • Harvard leads the Ivy League with a 1.10 goals-against average, allowing two goals or less in eight of its first nine contests. Ellie Shahbo leads the league with a 1.10 goals-against average, and is second with a .744 save percentage.
  • Harvard finished the 2018 season at 17-2 (7-0 Ivy League), as the team won its fifth Ivy League title, earned its sixth NCAA Tournament bid, and reached the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time ever. Harvard set school marks for wins (17) and wins in a row (14), and had the highest national ranking (No. 6) since the program's inception in 1974.  
  • The Crimson returns five of its top seven scorers from a season ago, including four-year standout and Longstreth/NFHCA All-American Bente van Vlijmen, the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Year. Harvard also returns the bulk of a strong defensive unit (No. 2 NCAA) - led by junior defender Hannah Pearce and sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo (both All-Ivy) - that allowed .74 goals per game, with 10 shutouts. Junior Mimi Tarrant and senior Bente van Vlijmen will captain the 2019 team.  

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