Field Hockey Embarks on 2016 Season Versus Holy Cross and New Hampshire

Kyla Cordrey will serve as the co-captain for the Crimson in 2016 (Gil Talbot).

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Harvard vs. Holy Cross
Sept. 2, 2016
7 p.m.
Berylson Family Field
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Ivy League Digital Network
Scott Sudikoff, Andy Towne
Harvard leads, 15-2
L, 2-1 (Sept. 4, 2015)
L1
Havard vs. Holy Cross

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Harvard at New Hampshire
Sept. 4, 2016
1 p.m.
Memorial Field
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Harvard trails, 12-22-1
L, 3-1 (Oct. 18, 2015)
L7

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team will hit the pitch for the first time this fall, breaking in the season at home against Holy Cross before traveling north to face-off against New Hampshire Sunday afternoon. Friday's game against the Crusaders will begin at 7 p.m. under the lights at the new Berylson Family Field Hockey Field. Game time at UNH is slated for 1 p.m.

Berlyson Family Field Hockey Field
Harvard field hockey will commence the 2016 season on it new home turf known as Berylson Family Field Hockey Field. Located north of the Beren Tennis Center, Berylson Field was constructed this summer thanks to the generous support of John G. Berylson, MBA '79 and his wife Amy S. Berylson '75, MBA '79.

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At The Helm
Tjerk van Herwaarden begins his fifth season as the Crimson's head coach. The sixth head coach in program history, van Herwaarden is 30-37 overall through his first four seasons as the sideline general for Harvard. The Crimson have posted back-to-back fourth-place finishes in the Ivy League and nine student-athletes have earned All-Ivy League recognition under van Herwaarden's guidance.

New Perspective
van Herwaarden welcomed a pair of new assistant coaches to his staff last spring, bringing on Marvin Bam and Katie O'Donnell Bam. The duo joins Harvard after both were members of the coaching staff at Millersville. Each brings a wealth of international experience, as Bam garnered 98 international caps and represented his home country of South Africa in the 2008 Olympics. O'Donnell Bam has been a member of USA Field Hockey for 11 years and played for Team USA at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio, scoring five goals. She played her collegiate career at Maryland where she was a four-time All-American.

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All-Ivy Returners
Three of Harvard's five All-Ivy League selections from 2015 return to the team this year. Seniors Marissa Balleza and Kyla Cordrey made their third-consecutive appearances on All-Ivy teams, earning second team recognition last year. Kathleen Young also returns for her sophomore season after collecting honorable mention accolades as a rookie.

Record Watch
Senior Marissa Balleza has proven herself to be one of the most prolific scorers in Harvard field hockey history. She is just the third player in program history to reach the 80-point plateau, entering the season six points behind Shelley Maasdorp '05 for second all-time. Judy Collins '99 holds the program's all-time career points record with 102, 22 more than Balleza. Collins is also the only former Crimson ahead of Balleza on the career goals list. The current Harvard senior has 34 strikes in her career, trailing Collins by nine.

Challenging the Best
Harvard's schedule features four teams that were ranked in the NFHCA's National Preseason Poll. First up is a date with No. 3 Connecticut September 11. Matchups against No. 17 Boston University (Sept. 29), No. 15 Princeton (Oct. 22) and No. 8 Boston College (Oct. 27). All four of those teams made the 2015 NCAA Tournament, as well as September 18 opponent, Massachusetts.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

Fresh Perspective
Six freshmen joined the Crimson this fall, bringing the roster tally to 24 student-athletes. Four different states, as well as New Zealand and The Netherlands are represented in the class of 2020. The newcomers are Casey Allen, Maddie Earle, Grace Geiger, Olivia Ostrover, Callie Rennyson and Bente van Vlijmen.

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Scouting Holy Cross
The Crusaders were picked fifth out of seven Patriot League teams in the conference's preseason pool and sport a 1-0 record after defeating Siena, 3-2, in its season-opener August 26. Junior Maureen Connelly, a 2015 All-Patriot League first team selection, scored twice in the first half to lead Holy Cross to the victory.

Harvard opened last year at Holy Cross, falling to its in-state foe for just the second time in the all-time series. The Crusaders posted a 2-1 victory, snapping an eight-game win streak for the Crimson in the series. During that eight-game span, Harvard recorded six shutouts over the Crusaders.

Scouting New Hampshire
Sunday's home contest against Harvard will be the fourth game at Memorial Field, the home turf of UNH, to start the year. The Wildcats are 1-1 entering the weekend following a 2-1 overtime triumph against Massachusetts and a 4-3 loss to No. 17 Boston University. Drexel will take the field in Durham, New Hampshire Friday afternoon.

UNH finished the 2015 season with an 8-11 record, but won the year's meeting against Harvard, 3-1. The Wildcats hold a 22-12-1 series advantage and have won the last seven contests against the Crimson.