No. 15 Field Hockey Edges Columbia, 2-1, in Regular Season Finale

Bente van Vlijmen scored twice to help Harvard earn a 2-1 win at Columbia (Gil Talbot)
Bente van Vlijmen scored twice to help Harvard earn a 2-1 win at Columbia (Gil Talbot)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Senior captain Bente van Vlijmen scored twice to lead No. 15 Harvard field hockey (13-4, 6-1 Ivy league) to a 2-1 win over Columbia (7-9, 3-4 Ivy League) in the regular season finale for both teams.

Sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo made three saves to earn the win and improve to 12-3 on the season.

Harvard reached the 13-win mark for the third straight season, the first time in program history that the Crimson has had 13 wins in three straight years.

In the first quarter, van Vlijmen scored on a penalty corner shot from straight away at 12:38. Early on in the third quarter (4:28), she added her second goal of the day on a reverse stick shot from the top of the circle.

For her career, van Vlijmen reached 45 goals, and 104 points, moving into sole possession of second place on Harvard's all-time points list.

A late goal by Columbia made it close in the final minutes, but the Harvard defense held strong to seal the win for the Crimson. 

Game Notes

  • Harvard has now won seven straight games in the series against Columbia
  • Harvard outshot Columbia, 13-9, but the Lions held a 7-1 advantage on penalty corners.
  • Harvard's senior class finishes their careers with a 26-2 record in Ivy League play, an unmatched record of four years in Ancient Eight competition in Harvard history.