Bente van Vlijmen Named Ivy Offensive Player of the Year; Seven Earn All-Ivy Honors

Bente van Vlijmen finishes her Harvard career as a four-time First Team All-Ivy selection.
Bente van Vlijmen finishes her Harvard career as a four-time First Team All-Ivy selection.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second straight season, senior captain Bente van Vlijmen earned Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year honors, headlining seven Harvard All-Ivy selections, the league announced today (Nov. 12). Sophomore Rachel Greenwood, junior Hannah Pearce, junior Mimi Tarrant and van Vlijmen all earned First Team All-Ivy honors. Senior Casey Allen, sophomore Kiley Allen, and sophomore Ellie Shahbo earned All-Ivy League Honorable Mention.

A unanimous First Team All-Ivy selection, van Vlijmen was a two-time Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honoree. A three-time NFHCA All-American and four-time First Team All-Ivy selection, van Vlijmen finished the 2019 season with 32 points (13 goals, six assists) placing second in the Ivy League in scoring. For her career, van Vlijmen reached 45 goals, and 104 points, moving into sole possession of second place on Harvard's all-time goals and points list.

Greenwood had a breakout season for Harvard, finishing second on the team with 22 points (nine goals, four assists) and second in goals. She was tied for the team lead with three game-winning goal and was fifth in the Ivy League in points.

Pearce, a three-time All-Ivy selection and two-time first team honoree, helped lead Harvard's defensive unit to an Ivy-best 1.14 goals-against average (9th, NCAA). She recorded her first career overtime game-winning goal in the season opener against UAlbany.

Tarrant, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2017, returned to form after missing the entire 2018 season due to injury. She finished second on the team and fifth in the Ivy League with 22 points (eight goals, six assists) and notched two game-winning goals, including an OT game-winner against No. 13 Liberty.

Casey Allen, a two-time All-Ivy honoree, matched her career high with five goals on the season. She finished fourth on the team with 18 points (five goals, eight assists) and was a key part of Harvard's penalty corner attack.

Kiley Allen, was one of Harvard's top two-way players, starting every game for Harvard. Her play in the midfield helped the Crimson become the top defensive team in the Ivy League.

Shahbo, a two-time All-Ivy selection, was a three-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honoree this year. She had the top goals-against average (1.07) in the Ivy League and the top save percentage (.767) in the Ivy League. She recorded two shutouts on the season, and was ranked among the top 10 in most NCAA goalkeeping categories all season.