Sophie van Weede and the Crimson look to rise to the challenge against Pacific and UConn this week (Gil Talbot).
|Harvard (1-1) vs. Pacific (0-2)
Sept. 8, 2016
Berylson Family Field
Ivy League Digital Network
Scott Sudikoff, Max Berkowitz
Harvard leads, 1-0
W, 3-2 (Sept. 16, 2007)
Harvard vs. Pacific
|Harvard at No. 4 Connecticut (3-0)
Sept. 11, 2016
Sherman Family Complex
Harvard trails, 4-24-2
L, 0-6 (Sept. 23, 2009)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard field hockey sets its sights on the second weekend of the season, playing host to Pacific Thursday evening at Berylson Family Field Hockey Field, before heading to No. 4 Connecticut for a Sunday afternoon clash. Game time Thursday is set for 6 p.m., while Sunday's matchup will begin at 1 p.m.
Last Time Out
Harvard opened the year last weekend with games against Holy Cross and New Hampshire. The Crimson won a thrilling 10-round shootout against the Crusaders to its season-opener, and the first game at Berylson Family Field Hockey Field, 2-1, Friday. Harvard and New Hampshire also went to extra time Sunday, but UNH scored 7:46 into the first overtime to take the game.
Junior Hannah Wellington and freshman Casey Allen each earned a spot on the Ivy League's Honor Roll this week. Wellington scored both of Harvard's regulation goals last weekend, including the first ever at Berylson Field in the first half Friday against Holy Cross. Allen started each of her first two collegiate contests and was integral in Harvard winning the shootout against the Crusaders, scoring on each of her two attempts.
Starting Off Right
Head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden is now 3-2 in season-opening games since taking over the program in 2012. Each of his wins to start a season has come against Holy Cross.
Let's Keep Playing
For the first time in program history, Harvard played consecutive overtime games to begin a season when it went to extra time against Holy Cross and UNH. Harvard last played back-to-back overtime games in October of 2007.
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.
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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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.
Pacific is 0-2 entering a Northeast swing to its schedule. Dropping games to UConn and Kent State to begin the year, the Tigers will play four games between Thursday and Tuesday against Harvard, Bryant, Dartmouth and Vermont. A member of the America East's west division, Pacific finished 2015 with a 11-8 overall record and a 5-3 record against the America East, reaching the semifinals of the conference tournament before being ousted by Albany.
The Tigers are led by reigning America East Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-conference selection, Savannah Burns. The team leader in 2015 with 25 points, Burns has four shots, but no points this year. Sophomore Marguerite van Wyk has one goal and two helpers to give her a team-best four points, while junior Alicia Muinos has three points on one goal and one assist. In goal, senior Laura Pujade holds a 4.10 goals-against mark with 12 saves.
Harvard has won the only game in the all-time series, a 3-2 decision Sept. 26, 2007.
Despite starting the year with a 3-0 mark with triumphs over Stanford, Pacific and Drexel, the Huskies dropped from No. 3 to No. 4 in this week's NFHCA Coaches Poll. In its most recent game, UConn steamrolled Drexel, 7-2, at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. Prior to Sunday's game versus the Crimson, the Huskies will visit Massachusetts Friday afternoon. Last season, UConn finished 22-1 with that lone loss coming in the NCAA semifinals to eventual national champion Syracuse.
Sophomore Amanda Collins has paced the Huskies attack with three goals and two assists in the first three games. As a rookie, Collins recorded 25 points. Senior Anna Middendorf, a two-time third team All-America selection, also has three tallies this season. All-Mideast Region first team goaltender Nina Klein boasts a 1.67 GAA heading into the weekend.
Harvard trails in the all-time series against UConn, 4-24-2. The most recent meeting came in 2009 with the Huskies winning, 6-0. Harvard's last win was a 1-0 road victory in 2005.