Kathleen Young and the Crimson face Brown on the road Saturday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard field hockey (6-4, 2-0 Ivy) will make the short trip to Brown (6-2, 2-0 Ivy) Saturday in a matchup of unbeaten Ivy League foes. Game time at Goldberger Family Field is set for 1 p.m. with fans able to watch live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Harvard extended its current win streak to four games with its 3-2 triumph in double overtime at Penn Sunday. Marissa Balleza scored her second goal of the contest in the 88th minute on a penalty corner to seal the win for the Crimson. Senior Sophie van Weede scored Harvard's first goal of the game, which was her first of the season, as well as her first goal since her freshman season.
With its current four-game win streak, the Crimson has now had at least a four-game win streak at one point in each of the last three seasons. With a win on Saturday at Brown, Harvard would match the five-game win streak that began the 2014 season and was the longest in the 21st century for the Crimson.
Let's Keep Playing
Harvard's four overtime contests this season is the most since it played four extra time games in 2006. Harvard is 3-1 in overtime games this year with wins over Holy Cross, Pacific and Penn. The record for overtime games in a season in Harvard history is six in 1986 and 1993.
In taking down Yale and Penn to start Ivy League play, Harvard is 2-0 against conference foes for the first time since 2007. Harvard began that year 3-0 in the Ivy League with wins over Penn, Brown and Cornell.
Keep the Awards Coming
For the second-straight week, Harvard student-athletes were named Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Week. Freshman Bente van Vlijmen received her second Rookie of the Week honor in a row, while Marissa Balleza secured Co-Player of the Week recognition.
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Goals at a Premium
Saturday's matchup will feature two of the best goaltenders in the Ancient Eight. Sophomore Libby Manela has the best goals-against average in the conference at 1.15, while Katie Hammaker of Brown is fourth at 1.72. Each also ranks in the top five in save percentage with Hammaker tying for second with a .750 mark and Manela coming in fifth at .739.
Marissa Balleza is tracking Judy Collins '99 for the Harvard record in goals and points in a career.
Points – Career
Judy Collins '99 – 102
Marissa Balleza '17 – 96
Goals – Career
Judy Collins '99 – 43
Marissa Balleza – 41
The Bears are 6-2 to start the season, just one win shy of matching its season total in victories from a season ago. Brown is also 2-0 to begin Ivy League play for the first time since 2006, joining Harvard and Princeton as the lone 2-0 teams in the conference.
After starting the season with losses to Ball State and Louisville, Brown has won its last six games, including a 2-1 defeat of Dartmouth Saturday and a 1-0 blanking of Bryant Sunday. Brown also has a 3-2 overtime conference win over Columbia.
Offensively, senior Lucy Green leads the way with four goals and nine points. Classmate Jaclyn Torres matches her with four goals, while sophomore Ellie Seid has eight point on three goals and two helpers.
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.
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. The ILDN is also available on Apple TV and Roku. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
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.
Head coach Tjerk 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.