Balanced Effort Helps No. 17 Field Hockey Earn 5-2 Win Over American

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

Maddie Earle scored to help Harvard earn a 5-2 win over American. (Gil Talbot)

Junior Bente van Vlijmen and senior captain Kathleen Young each had a goal and added an assist to lead No. 17 Harvard field hockey to a 5-2 win over American at the Terrapin Invitational. Tessel Huibregtsen and Maddie Earle scored in the second half for Harvard.

Senior goalkeeper Libby Manela made two saves to earn second win of the season in goal. 

A first half goal for Allen off a penalty corner, followed shortly thereafter by Young's second goal of the year helped the Crimson get off to a strong start. Harvard led 2-0 at the half without allowing an American shot on goal.

Just over a minute after American scored at 51:28 of the second half to cut the Crimson lead to one, Huibregtsen scored off a penalty corner at 53:22. Then Maddie Earle gave the Crimson a comfortable lead at 61:01, with van Vlijmen adding her team leading sixth goal of the year late (67:46).

Harvard Highlights

  • Bente van Vlijmen (goal, assist) recorded multiple points in her third straight game to start the season and leads the Crimson with 13 points (six goals, assist).
  • Casey Allen also has points in three straight games and recorded her second career goal.
  • Harvard outshot American 21-6, including a 14-4 margin on shots on goal.

Game Notes

  • Harvard and American met for the first time in field hockey
  • The Crimson is 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 2014.
  • Harvard has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 13-3 to start the season 

What's Next?
Harvard will take on host No. 3 Maryland tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 pm at the Terrapin Invitational.