No. 13 Field Hockey Continues Ivy Play, Hosts Brown

Harvard will host Brown on Sunday at Berylson Field (Gil Talbot)
Harvard will host Brown on Sunday at Berylson Field (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 13 Harvard field hockey (7-3, 2-0 Ivy League) continues conference play tomorrow (Oct. 13, 1 p.m.; ESPN+) when it hosts Brown (4-6, 1-1 Ivy League) at Berylson Field.

Harvard had its six-game winning streak snapped on Thursday in a 1-0 loss at No. 17 Boston College, but the Crimson has won its last 11 games in Ivy League play. 

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  • Harvard and Brown will meet for the 45th time in field hockey, with the Crimson owning a 25-13-6 advantage in the series Harvard has won four straight games against Brown, including a 3-2 win on Oct. 5, 2018. In that contest, Maddie Earle scored twice, and Kathleen Young scored the game-winning goal midway through the second half to lift the Crimson to the victory.
  • 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 six 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 entered the week leading the Ivy League with a 1.10 goals-against average, allowing two goals or less in nine of its first 10 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.