CHANDLER, Ariz. – On Tuesday, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association released the members of its Longstretch/NFHCA All-Region teams with three Harvard student-athletes earning spots on the All-Northeast region team. Senior Marissa Balleza and freshman Bente van Vlijmen were selected to the region's first team and senior Kyla Cordrey was named to the second team.
Balleza and van Vlijmen's first team selections mark the first to that squad for a Crimson student-athlete since 2008. Cordrey is making the third appearance of her career on the all-region second team.
Balleza is a four-time All-Ivy League selection after earning first team honors this season. The most prolific scorer in Harvard field hockey history, Balleza led the Crimson with 13 goals and 30 points, good for fourth and fifth-most, respectively, in the Ivy League. She holds the program record for career points and goals at 110 and 47, respectively. Her 13 goals this season matched her career-best she set as a junior.
van Vlijmen was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year this season after leading all conferene rookies with eight goals and 16 points. Those marks were also the second-highest for 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.
Cordrey is also a four-time All-Ivy selection and the first three-time all-region selection from Harvard since Carly Dickson '12. A stout defensive presence, 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.