CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey celebrated its historic 2016 season at its year-end banquet. The Crimson took the opportunity to honor its seniors, its team award winners, its conference and national award recipients, as well as hand out its Ivy championship rings.
Harvard posted a 12-6 overall record and the first-ever perfect 7-0 record in Ivy League play last season. A total of 17 student-athletes were recognized by the NFHCA as National Academic Squad members and Ellie Cookson, Emily Duarte and Abbey Thornhill earned Scholar of Distinction recognition. Those three were joined by Kyla Cordrey as the recipients of the Most Outstanding Student-Athlete Award from the team. Cordrey also took home the Championship Lifestyle Award.
The senior class was honored for rejuvenating the program on the national scene, closing out this season as the 10th-best ranked team as represented by RPI, after starting their careers at 63rd. They did not drop a single game to Columbia, Yale or Dartmouth during their tenure, and helped beat Princeton this year for the first time in 22 years.
Senior Marisa Balleza, an All-American and first team All-Ivy selection, was named the given the team's Most Outstanding Field Hockey Player Award. During the 2016 season, she set the new school records for goals (47) and points (110).
Freshman Bente van Vlijmen, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and an All-American, received the team's Freshman Award.
The Unsung Hero Award was bestowed upon Annie Morefield for her contributions to the team over the last four years.