Field Hockey Set to Add Six Freshmen as Class of 2020

Field Hockey Set to Add Six Freshmen as Class of 2020

Harvard head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden will welcome six new freshmen to the field hockey team this fall (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard field hockey head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden has announced the additions of six freshmen to the roster as the class of 2020.

"Our entire coaching staff is exceedingly excited to welcome our recruiting class of 2020," commented van Herwaarden. "Six new Harvard student-athletes will join us this August and we are confident that all six will play a major role in the next four years for Harvard field hockey. Our incoming class is a fantastic blend of technical skilled athletes for all lines on the field. They bring a wealth of high achieving and international experience and we expect them all to thrive as students and athletes while at Harvard."

Below are the six members of the class of 2020 for Harvard field hockey with comments included from coach van Herwaarden regarding each.

Casey Allen – Conestoga High School – Berwyn, Pa.
Four-year starter on the field hockey team at Conestoga … Served as team captain as a senior … 2015 AAA all-state first team selection … First team All-Central League and All-Main line in 2014 and 2015 … Second team all-state honoree in 2014 … First team All-Delco selection in 2014 … Conestoga Most Valuable Offensive Player in 2014 … Honorable mention All-Central League in 2013 … MaxPreps Top-50 ranked player in 2016 … Conestoga was the Central League champions in 2013, 2014 and 2015 ... National Academic Squad and Scholar of Distinction in 2015 … Also played for the WC Eagles club team … WC was the National Indoor champions in 2015 and 2016 … Won national club championships with the U16 and U19 teams three times … Disney Showcase Pool and Festival Pool champs in 2013 and 2014 … USA Junior Olympic gold medalist in 2013 … National Merit Commended Scholar in 2015 … AP Scholar with Honor … Treasurer of Student Council … United Way Club member … Annenberg Science Symposium (2014-15) … FLITE Club member (2014-16) … St. Norbert Children's Liturgy Volunteer (2009-present) … Johns Hopkins CTY Scholar.

"Casey is an exceptional athlete and will be able to play multiple positions in the midfield and forward lines. She is determined to excel in anything she takes on and on the field we expect her to be a threat for any of our opponents with setting up attacking plays and with her ability to finish herself."

Maddie Earle – St. Margaret's College – Christchurch, New Zealand
Full-time starter on the St. Margaret's field hockey team from 2013-2015 … Also played on the SMC varsity tennis team in 2011 … Played club hockey for Hornby Premier Women's Team as a striker from 2013-2016 … Has represented her Canterbury regional team at U16 and U18 levels and competed at Nationals.

"Madison comes to us from New Zealand and besides her speed, strong dribbling ability and finishing she will be able to bring her own culture to Harvard field hockey. New Zealand field hockey is known for its fast and attacking style of play and that is what we will see from Madison as well."

Grace Geiger – Columbus Academy – New Albany, Ohio
Four-year letterwinner and starter for the field hockey and lacrosse teams at Columbus Academy … Also played for the FH Life club team … Served as team captain of the Columbus Academy and FH Life U19 teams … NFHCA and Max Field Hockey all-region selection in 2014 and 2015 … Selected to the All-Ohio team as a junior and senior … Central Ohio Player of the Year in 2015 … Named to the Max Field Hockey Top 50 in 2016 … Two-time team MVP … Columbus Academy won the state title in 2012 and 2013 … Reached the state finals in 2014 and semifinals in 2015 … Won a state championship with FH Life and finished fifth at the national tournament in 2015 … Participated in Junior Olympics from 2013-2015 … Three-time participant in the National Futures Tournament … Won a state lacrosse title at Columbus in 2015 … All-Ohio Academic selection for four years … Columbus Dispatch Scholar Athlete Award finalist in 2016.

"Grace will be joining our midfield and defensive lines and we expect her to make a direct impact. She stays poised in pressured situations and with her leadership capabilities she will play a big role for the years to come."

Olivia Ostrover – The Hotchkiss School – Greenwich, Conn.
Three-sport athlete at The Hotchkiss School … Started all four years at midfield on the field hockey team … Also played varsity lacrosse and ice hockey … Two-time All-America, earning second team honors 2014 and third team in 2015 … 2015 Academic All-America … Futures Elite selection in 2014 … Won gold at junior Olympics in 2013 … Harrow Sports/NFHCA High School All-Region in 2014 and 2015 … Hotchkiss won the New England Championships in 2014, reach the finals in 2012 and the semifinals in 2013 and 2015 … During her career, Hotchkiss went 56-3-4 …Received the Greek Book Award in 2015 and the Latin Book Award in 2013 … Honored with the Upson Prize (2013), Edwards Prize (2014) and Ely Prize (2015) for combined excellence in academics, athletics and character … Cum Laude … First Honor Roll all four years … Head of the School's writing club (2015-16).

"We are delighted to have Olivia as part of the Crimson. Olivia has shown a passion for field hockey and Harvard for quite some time. Olivia's international and cultural field hockey experience along with her well-developed skill set make her a fantastic fit for Harvard field Hockey."

Callie Rennyson – Westfield High School – Centreville, Va.
Four-year letterwinner on the field hockey team and three-year letterwinner on the lacrosse team at Westfield … Starting goalkeeper at Westfield for three seasons … Served as field hockey team captain as a senior … Second team all-conference in 2013 and first team in 2014 and 2015 … Named first team all-region and all-state as a senior … Westfield won the Virginia state championship in 2013 and reached the 6A finals semifinals in 2012 and 2015 … Three-time Concord District/Conference 5, as well as Northern Region champions (2012, 2013, 2015) … Team had a 79-12 record during her career … Won a Virginia 6A state lacrosse championship in 2014 … Participated on the Rampage Club field hockey team from sixth grade through 12th … Qualified for nationals … Participated un USA Futures from seventh through 12th grade … Also competed in junior Olympics and Futures Elite …. U19 USA National Indoor team participant in 2015-16 … Summa Cum Laude … Math Honors Society … Student government member … Volunteered with Our Neighbor's Child and A Little Magic.

"Callie will join our already very talented goalkeeping unit. Early on in the process we knew Callie would be a great addition to our program. She brings a winning mentality, a positive attitude combined with great work ethic and has all the attributes to become a very good goalkeeper."

Bente van Vlijmen – Christelijk Lyceum Zeist – Zeist, The Netherlands
Was a midfielder and striker on the field hockey team at Christelijk Lyceum Ziest from 2010-2016 … Also played for the Schaerweijde Zeist field hockey club team from 2005-2016, serving as a team captain … Played on the 18 and older team from 2014-2016 … Finished third in 2012 at the BDO National Individual competition … Won the Valkenswaard Tournament Individual Shootout competition in 2013 … First place at the Valkentoernooi Team Tournament … MOP of the Team Tournament in 2012 … Ranked third in the Highest National Division Rankings … Volunteer intern at Neonatal Ward at St. Thomas Hospital in London in December 2014 … National Rounds and Finals of BBC Speaking Awards … Junior College Utrecht: Extracurricular academics and research in science from 2014-2016 … European Youth Parliament Debating Society (2013-14) … International Baccalaureate, Higher Level A1 (2010-2016).

"Bente van Vlijmen joins us from the Netherlands. Bente is an exceptional athlete and will be playing a big role for us on and off the ball. She has the ability to shift a team's momentum with a simple pass or move and we expect her to do the same for Harvard field hockey."