Harvard celebrated its fourth Ivy title on Saturday (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 16 Harvard field hockey team (12-5, 7-0 Ivy) capped off the 2016 regular season in triumphant fashion, defeating Columbia (8-9, 2-5 Ivy), 5-1, at Berylson Field Saturday. The day was filled with celebration for the Crimson, as it honored its eight seniors before the game and then received the Ivy League trophy for winning the conference title after the victory.
The win was significant for program lore, as Harvard's 7-0 Ivy record in 2016 marks the first time the Crimson has finished a season undefeated and untied against the Ancient Eight. The win also pushed Harvard's overall record to 12-5. The 12 victories equal the program record which the Crimson has now accomplished five times (previously 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003).
Harvard clinched the Ivy title last weekend, but celebrated with the trophy presentation on its home turf Saturday. The Crimson has also earned the Ivy League's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament and will find out its opponent, date of play and venue during the NCAA's selection show Sunday, Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. on NCAA.com. Harvard is returning to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time this year and first since 2004.
Five different student-athletes scored for the Crimson Saturday, as its matched its season-high for goals in a game. Harvard held a 4-1 lead after the first 35 minutes of action with Bente van Vlijmen, Emily Duarte, Kathleen Young and Sophie van Weede all finding the back of the cage. Duarte was one of two Crimson student-athletes to notch her first career goal Saturday. Olivia Allin was the other, as she scored eight minutes into the second half to make it a 5-1 Harvard lead. All five Harvard goals came off penalty corner plays. van Weede filled the stat sheet, contributing three assists in addition to her tally. The five points was a career-best for the senior from Amsterdam. Ellie Cookson also chipped in two assists to give her 10 on the year, tied for seventh-most in the Harvard record books.