van Vlijmen Named Rookie of the Year; van Herwaarden Tabbed Coach of the Year, Highlighting Field Hockey’s All-Ivy Honors

van Vlijmen Named Rookie of the Year; van Herwaarden Tabbed Coach of the Year, Highlighting Field Hockey’s All-Ivy Honors

van Vlijmen is the first Ivy League Rookie of the Year from Harvard since 2002 (Mark Manela).

PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard field hockey collected outstanding hardware Tuesday, as freshman Bente van Vlijmen was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden was recognized as the Ancient Eight's Coach of the year. The two awards are in addition to the seven All-Ivy League awards Crimson student-athletes received.

van Vlijmen is the fourth player in program history to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Year and first since Jen McDavitt '06 in 2002. van Herwaarden earns Harvard's first Coach of the Year honor in the awards' third year of exisestence. Both won their respective honor by unanimous vote of the Ivy League coaches.

van Herwaarden has led the Crimson back to national prominence in his fifth year as the sideline general. Harvard's 12 wins this year are tied for the most in a single season in program history (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003). Seven of those victories came during conference play, marking the first time Harvard has finished unbeaten and untied in Ivy League games. van Herwaarden led the Crimson to its first Ivy League title since 2004, the fourth in program history and just the second outright title. He will also lead the Crimson into its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance this Satuday at Syracuse. His 42 wins in the first five years of his career at Harvard is just one shy of the most ever by a Crimson field hockey coach.

van Vlijmen was one of two Harvard student-athletes to be unanimously voted to the All-Ivy League first team, joining senior forward Marissa Balleza. Back Kyla Cordrey, goaltender Libby Manela and forward Kathleen Young earned spots on the All-Ivy second team. Midfielders Ellie Cookson and Emily Duarte received honorable mention recognition. Harvard last had two players named to the first team in 2004  and a combined five first and second team selections in 2003.

Hailing from Zeist, The Netherlands, van Vlijmen led all Ivy League rookies with eight goals and 16 points, good for second-most on the Crimson. She made 13 starts on the year and solidified Harvard's Ancient Eight championship with her first career hat trick at Dartmouth Oct. 29.

Balleza receives her fourth All-Ivy League nod, making the first team for the first time this year. The most prolific scorer in Harvard field hockey history, Balleza led the Crimson with 13 goals and 29 points, good for fourth and fifth-most, respectively, in the Ivy League. She holds the program record for career points and goals at 109 and 47. Her 13 goals this season matched her career-best she set as a junior.

Cordrey also garnered the fourth All-Ivy selection of her career and second first team choice. She started all 68 games of her career and set career-bests with one goal, five assists and seven points this season. Her stellar career earned her the honor of being an alternate for the Victory Sports Tour/NFHCA Senior Game.  

Manela had a breakout season in goal for the Crimson. Upon taking over the starting job September 23 against Yale, Harvard went on a program-record eight game win streak and finished the year 10-1 with her manning the cage. Manela's 13 goals against were the fewest in the Ivy League this season and her 1.12 GAA was tops in the conference and third nationally. Her .705 save percentage was fourth-best in the Ancient Eight.

Young moves up to the second team this season after being an honorable mention recepient last year. She started 16 games this season and tallied three goals and two helpers for eight points, tied for fourth-most on the Crimson.

Cookson paced the Ivy League this season, and was 10th nationally, with 10 assists. That mark is tied for the seventh-most in a single season in Harvard history. This is the second time Cookson has been selected to the honorable mention. Duarte saw action in all 17 games this season, making three starts. She tallied one goal and four assists during her sophomore campaign to earn her first All-Ivy honor.

First Team All-Ivy
Katarina Angus, Brown
Maddie Bacskai, Princeton
*Marissa Balleza, Harvard
*Cat Caro, Princeton
*Alexa Hoover, Penn
Emilie Katz, Yale
Ryan McCarthy, Princeton
Sam McILwrick, Cornell
Katie Ruesterholz, Columbia
Katy Weeks, Cornell
*Bente van Vlijmen, Harvard 

Second Team All-Ivy
Kiwi Comizio, Yale
Kyla Cordrey, Harvard
Maeve Doherty, Columbia
Lucy Green, Brown
Katie Hammaker, Brown
Libby Manela, Harvard
Krysten Mayers, Cornell
Paige Meilly, Penn
Carol Middough, Yale
Morgan Philie, Dartmouth
Alexa Schneck, Penn
Sarah Tabeek, Dartmouth
Sophia Tornetta, Princeton
Kathleen Young, Harvard 

Honorable Mention All-Ivy
Ellie Cookson, Harvard
Emily Duarte, Harvard
Louisa Holland, Columbia
Jaclyn Torres, Brown
Elise Wong, Princeton

Offensive Player of the Year
Cat Caro – Princeton 

Defensive Player of the Year
Emilie Katz – Yale 

Rookie of the Year
*Bente van Vlijmen – Harvard

 Coach of the Year
*Tjerk van Herwaarden – Harvard

  *unanimously selected
^ second team expanded due to tie in the voting