Sophie van Weede and the Crimson host Brown Saturday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard field hockey (6-3, 1-1 Ivy) will return to the pitch Saturday at 1 p.m., hosting Ivy League foe Brown (5-5, 1-1 Ivy).
Where We Stand
The conference clash between Harvard and Brown pits two of the conference's four teams that stand at 1-1 entering the weekend against each other. Columbia and Cornell are also 1-1 after the first two conference games. Cornell will play twice this weekend, traveling to 0-2 Yale Saturday and then taking on out-of-conference opponent Holy Cross. Columbia will play just once this weekend, hosting Bryant in a non-league affair. All four teams are chasing No. 19 Princeton and Penn who are 2-0.
The Crimson has won five of its last six games, outscoring opponents along the way at a 16-6 clip. During that stretch the Crimson has shutout three opponents in Northeastern, Colgate and Fairfield. The three blank sheets ranks second in the Ivy League, trailing only Cornell's four.
Harvard continues to be among the most offensively aggressive teams in the Ivy League, ranking second in shots (151), just one behind Penn. The Crimson's 16.78 shots per game is also second only to Penn. Harvard is also firing those shots with a high rate of accuracy, placing 60 percent (91) on the cage. Marissa Balleza and Elizabeth Jacobson lead the team with 38 shots a piece. Balleza ranks 13th in the nation in both goals and points per game, averaging 0.89 and 2.11, respectively, in each category.
Senior goaltender Issy Davies is putting together a quality final season in a Harvard uniform. Davies' 1.72 goals-against average is tops in the Ancient Eight and places her 20th in the nation. The Worcester, England native also ranks 19th nationally and second in the Ivy League with her .667 win-loss percentage (6-3).
For the first time this year, Harvard was recognized by the Ivy League with one of its weekly awards when freshman Kathleen Young was recognized as the Rookie of the Week. Young had a fantastic game Sunday, helping the Crimson top Fairfield, 4-0, with the first multi-goal game of her career. Early in the second half, Young capped a fantastic transition play for Harvard with a one-timer into the back of the cage off a terrific pass from Marissa Balleza. Young put the exclamation point on the day minutes later with her second goal, also assisted by Balleza. Young made a great fake to deke the goalie out of position, clearing the way for her to slip the ball into an open cage.
Young's second goal was also recognized as one of the five top plays in the Ivy League last week. View the Ivy League Top Five Plays HERE.
1. Judy Collins '99 – 43
4. Sarah Mleczko '80 - 32
5. Kate McDavitt '04 – 30
6. Marissa Balleza '17 – 29
Game-winning goals, Career
1. Shelley Maasdorp '05 – 17
2. Chloe Keating '11 – 10
3. Mina Pell '04 – 8
4. Marissa Balleza '17 – 7
5. Elizabeth Jacobson '16 - 6
1. Judy Collins '99 – 102
4. Kate McDavitt '04 - 73
5. Noel Painter '15 - 71
6. Mina Pell '04 - 70
7. Sarah Mleczko '80 – 68
8. Marissa Balleza '17 – 67
9. Jen McDavitt '06 - 65
Elizabeth Jacobson '16 - 52
T1. Ceci Clark '92 – 26
T1. Jen Ahn '04 – 26
10. Dominique Kalil '00 – 16
Ellie Cookson '16 – 14
Elizabeth Jacobson '16 - 14
The Bears got back to .500 overall last weekend, sweeping Dartmouth and Georgetown at home. After dropping its Ivy opener at Columbia, 2-0, Sept. 27, Brown bounced back with a 2-1 win over the Big Green. The Bears came out the next day and posted an identical winning scoring over the visiting Hoyas.
Senior Alexis Miller scored in each of the Bears' wins and paces her team with four goals this season. The trio of Katarina Angus, Hannah Rogers and Ellie Seid are next in line with three tallies apiece. Brown has started a freshman goalie in all 10 games this season. Katie Hammaker sports a .741 save percentage and a 2.16 GAA to place her third in the Ivy League. Hammaker also ranks among the best in the Ivy in saves per game, as her 6.3 stops each time out is second in the conference.
Next Time Out
It will be a busy weekend for the Crimson next week, heading west to Ithaca, New York Saturday, Oct. 17 to take on Cornell, before hosting New Hampshire at the Harvard Field Hockey Stadium Sunday, Oct. 18.
Ivy League Digital Network
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