No. 16 Field Hockey Defeats Lafayette, 6-1, Wins Fourth Straight

Bente van Vlijmen recorded her second multi-goal effort of the season, leading Harvard to a 6-1 win over Lafayette. (Mark Manela)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
Two goals from sophomore Bente van Vlijmen helped carry No. 16 Harvard field hockey to a 6-1 win over Lafayette on Sunday afternoon at Berylson Field. Freshman Mimi Tarrant added two assists and Maddie Earle, Hanna Pearce, Kathleen Young, and Olivia Allin all added goals for the Crimson, which won its fourth game in a row.

Goalkeeper Olivia Startup improved to 4-0 in four starts this season, and Harvard outshot Lafayette 19-5 for the game, and held an 8-3 advantage on penalty corners.

The Crimson overcame an early deficit scoring three goals in the final 10 minutes of the first half after Lafayette's Caroline Turnbull broke the scoreless tie, scoring on a rebound at 24:51.

Bente van Vlijmen scored from just inside the circle, corralling a blocked shot and firing a reverse stick shot into the top corner of the net at 26:58 to tie the game. Earle scored from in close off a nice pass from Tarrant at 31:08 to put Harvard ahead for good. Pearce notched her first goal at Berylson Field on a shot off a penalty corner right at the end of the half, giving the Crimson a 3-1 lead.

Young extended her point streak to five games on a beautiful run into the circle, beating Lafayette's Sarah Park (three saves) on a wide angle shot at 61:03. Harvard put the game out of reach on van Vlijmen's team leading sixth goal of the year, on a shot from straightaway at 65:13, followed by Olivia Allin's penalty stroke at 67:35 to make it 6-1.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Kathleen Young has 10 points (four goals, two assists) during her five game scoring streak. The junior now leads the team with 13 points (five goals, three assists) on the season.
  • Bente van Vlijmen recorded her second multi-goal effort of the season and her fourth career multi-goal game.
  • Freshman Natalie Sicher recorded her first career point with an assist on Hannah Pearce's goal. Classmate Mimi Tarrant recorded her first career multi-assist game.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard has outscored teams 18-5 during its four game winning streak.
  • Harvard last scored six or more goals in a home game on Sept. 30, 2014 in a 6-0 win against UMass-Lowell.

What's Next:
Harvard takes on Holy Cross in road non-conference action on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Crimson returns home on Saturday to take on Penn at 12 p.m. in a game that will air on the Ivy League Network.