Record-Setting Day for Balleza Leads Field Hockey to 5-0 Romp of Cornell

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard field hockey (8-4, 4-0 Ivy) won its sixth-straight game Saturday, dominating Cornell (6-7, 1-3 Ivy), 5-0, at Berylson Family Field Hockey Field. Senior Marissa Balleza scored twice and added an assist, giving her 44 career goals and 103 points, both new program records.

Balleza tied the goals record 17 ticks into the second half, dribbling the ball to the right side of the circle before ripping a tough-angled shot that slipped between the Cornell goaltender and the near post. She took sole possession of both the goals and points record in the 53rd minute, converting on a penalty stroke.

Those two goals helped build on a 2-0 lead at halftime for the Crimson. Senior Kyla Cordrey scored Harvard's first goal on a penalty corner play. After injecting the ball, Cordrey stationed herself near the left post, the perfect spot for her to tip in a Sophie van Weede shot attempt. The goal was the first of Cordrey's career.

Another veteran Crimson student-athlete notched her first career goal in the first half, as junior Emily Ott made it a 2-0 Harvard lead in the 35th minute. Balleza streamlined a pass from the left side of the field into the center of the circle for Ott, who turned and beat the goalie to the right. The final scoring of the game came in the 57th minute when Hannah Wellington found the back of the cage after a strong individual effort through the circle, stealing the ball and beating another defender. The goal was her third of the season.

Libby Manela improved to 6-0 this season after making two saves in goal for the Crimson. Freshman Callie Rennyson relieved Manela in the 63rd minute and made one save to preserve the shutout.

Harvard's current six-game win streak matches the program record, which the Crimson accomplished in 1976 and 1990. The win also sets the stage for a clash of 4-0 Ivy foes next week, as Harvard visits fellow unbeaten No. 11 Princeton next Saturday. The Tigers beat Brown today, 5-1, to remain tied atop the Ivy standings with Harvard. Game time next Saturday is set for 12 p.m. and fans can watch live on the Ivy League Digital Network.