PRINCETON, N.J. – For the second week in a row, a pair of Harvard field hockey student-athletes were recognized with Ivy League weekly awards. Senior Marissa Balleza was tabbed the Co-Player of the Week, while freshman Bente van Vlijmen earned her second-straight Rookie of the Week honor.
Balleza, a three-time All-Ivy League player, was integral in Harvard's double-overtime win at Penn Sunday. After scoring her first goal of the game in the opening half, Balleza again found the back of the cage in the 88th minute, as her blast off a penalty corner sealed the fourth-straight win for Harvard. The Severna Park, Maryland native has 96 points and 41 goals in her career. She is six points and two goals from tying Judy Collins '99 for the Harvard record in both categories.
van Vlijmen is the first Harvard player to receive consecutive Rookie of the Week honors since 2013 when Balleza earned the last two of her freshman season. She scored her fourth goal in a three-game span at No. 13 Boston University last Thursday, the only goal in the 1-0 victory over the Terriers. The win was the second-straight over a ranked opponent for the Crimson.
Harvard is now 6-4 on the year and 2-0 in the Ivy League, setting up a showdown with Brown, which is also 2-0 against the Ivies, on Saturday afternoon.