Field Hockey Closes out Season at Columbia Sunday

Field Hockey Closes out Season at Columbia Sunday

Harvard plays its season finale at Columbia Sunday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team (8-8, 3-3 Ivy) will look to put the finishing touches on its 2015-16 season this Sunday, heading to New York to take on Columbia (9-7, 3-3 Ivy) at 12 p.m. at the Baker Athletics Complex.

Scouting Harvard
Harvard stands at .500 entering its 17th and final game of the season. After dropping four straight contests, the Crimson got back in the win column last Saturday with a 4-1 victory on Senior Day over Dartmouth. Harvard was unable to keep the winning ways going though, dropping a road game to No. 12 Boston College, 5-0. With a win Sunday in the Big Apple, the Crimson will secure a winning record for the second-straight season, a feat that has not been accomplished since Harvard posted winning records in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

In last week's win over the Big Green, senior Elizabeth Jacobson potted two goals to raise her career-best single season total to 11. She trails only Marissa Balleza's 12 for the team lead. Balleza now has 33 career goals, which is tied for second all-time in program history.

Series Results
Harvard has doubled up Columbia in the all-time series results, 12-6. Harvard won the first 10 matchups of the series from 1997 through 2006, before Columbia won the next six. The Crimson has responded with wins each of the last two seasons, including a 4-1 triumph last year that spoiled Columbia's shot at its first ever Ivy League title.

Goals, Career
1. Judy Collins '99 – 43
T2. Marissa Balleza '17 – 33
T2. Kate Martin '83 – 33
T2. Shelley Maasdorp '05 – 33
T4. Sarah Mleczko '80 – 32

Game-winning goals, Season
1. Shelley Maasdorp '05 – 9 (2004)
2. Elizabeth Jacobson '16 – 5 (2015)
T3. Marissa Balleza '17 – 4 (2014)

Game-winning goals, Career
1. Shelley Maasdorp '05 – 17
2. Chloe Keating '11 – 10
T3. Elizabeth Jacobson '16 - 8
T3. Mina Pell '04 – 8
5. Marissa Balleza '17 – 7

Points, Career
1. Judy Collins '99 – 102
3. Kate Martin '83 – 78
4. Marissa Balleza '17 – 77
5. Kate McDavitt '04 – 73
6. Noel Painter '15 – 71
7. Mina Pell '04 - 70
8. Sarah Mleczko '80 – 68
9. Jen McDavitt '06 – 65
10. Elizabeth Jacobson '16 - 62

Assists, Career
T1. Ceci Clark '92 – 26
T1. Jen Ahn '04 – 26
10. Dominique Kalil '00 – 16
Ellie Cookson '16 – 14
Elizabeth Jacobson '16 – 14

Scouting Columbia
Similar to Harvard, the Lions split last weekend, topping Yale, 3-1, to remain in a tie for fourth in the conference standings with the Crimson, but fell the following day to La Salle, 2-1, in overtime. Columbia has been a tough team to beat at home this year, posting an 8-3 record on its home turf, including a 3-0 mark against Ivy League foes.

Columbia is led by Christina Freibott, who has 35 points (11G, 13A) this year. In her career, Freibott has 99 points, the most ever in Columbia field hockey history. Katie Ruesterholz and Maeve Doherty are next up with 22 and 21 points, respectively, in 2015. Kimberly Pianucci has started all 16 games in goal, maintaining a 2.68 goals-against average and a .635 save percentage.