Field Hockey Closes Season with 5-0 Shutout of Columbia

Field Hockey Closes Season with 5-0 Shutout of Columbia

Elizabeth Jacobson closed out her Harvard career with two goals at Columbia Sunday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Elizabeth Jacobson scored a pair of goals Sunday, leading the Harvard field hockey team to a 5-0 shutout of Columbia in New York. With the victory, the Crimson close out the season with a 9-8 overall record, marking the second season it has finished the year with a winning record. The last time Harvard had two straight seasons with a winning record was 2003 and 2004.

"It was a great win for us today," said head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden. " Against a strong Columbia team, it was a stellar game with great defensive work to keep the clean sheet. There was also fantastic and effective finishing in the forward line to close the season in style."

Harvard's goal scoring was split with just one in the first half, before exploding for four in the second period. Balleza was first on the scoresheet, notching her second penalty stroke goal of the year.

Jacobson wasted little time making it a 2-0 game early in the second half, scoring 2:21 in. Her first of the afternoon was an unassisted effort on a hard shot in front of the net. Jacobson notched her second of the afternoon in the 46th minute, taking a seam pass from Balleza into the scoring circle where her shot beat the Columbia goaltender.

The Crimson tacked on two more goals in the last 10 minutes with Hannah Wellington and Kathleen Young finding the back of the cage. Wellington's score came on a redirect of a Clare McClintock centering pass in the 61st minute, while Young capped the scoring with less than 30 seconds to play, jamming home a rebound.

For the year, Balleza finishes with 32 points, the fourth-best single season total in program history, while Jacobson's 30 points is tied for fifth-most. Each also finishes the season with 13 goals, career-high for both, while also tying for the third-most in single season in program lore.