Freshman Tessel Huibregtsen scored her first collegiate goal in overtime to lift Harvard past Yale. (Gil Talbot)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A dramatic comeback for No. 16 Harvard field hockey (5-2, 1-0 Ivy League) was capped off by freshman Tessel Huibregtsen's first collegiate goal 4:34 into the first overtime, lifting the Crimson past Yale (3-3, 0-1 Ivy League), 2-1 at Johnson Field.
In the Ivy League opener for both teams, Harvard trailed 1-0 after Yale's Carol Middough put the Bulldogs on the board at 19:27 of the first half.
Despite dominating the stat sheet (28-8 in shots, 19-6 in shots on goal), Harvard remained behind late in the game, pulling goalkeeper Libby Manela (five saves) with just over five minutes to go in regulation.
Then Huibregtsen won it in overtime, again on a rebound off a shot from van Vlijmen, as the freshman beat Yale goalkeeper Sydney Terroso from in close to lift Harvard to its third straight victory.
- Young's goal gives her points in four straight games. The junior now leads the team with 11 points (four goals, three assists) on the season.
- This marks the second time this season that Harvard has scored in the final minute of a game to force overtime, as the Crimson accomplished the same feat at No. 13 Stanford on Sept. 4.
- Goalkeeper Libby Manela has allowed one goal or less in three of four starts this season.
- Harvard has won its last 10 Ivy League games dating back to the 2015 season.
- The Crimson has won five straight in the series against Yale and improved to 24-15-7 all-time against the Bulldogs.
Harvard returns home to face Lafayette on Sunday (Sept. 24, 2 p.m) The game will air on the Ivy League Network.