No. 20 Field Hockey Opens Ivy Play With 6-0 Win Over Yale

Harvard opened Ivy League play with a dominating performance against Yale. (Courtesy of Yale Athletics)

Senior Olivia Allin recorded her first two-goal game, and Bente van Vlijmen had a goal and two assists to lead No. 20 Harvard field hockey (6-1, 1-0 Ivy) to a 6-0 win over Yale (3-3, 0-1 Ivy) in its Ivy opener.

Junior Maddie Earle and freshman Olivia Hoover added second half goals for the Crimson, which outshot Yale 23-5 for the game, with a 10-4 edge on penalty corners.

Freshman goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo (one save) earned the win in net, her second of the season.

The Crimson quickly took a 2-0 lead with two goals in the opening six minutes of play. On Harvard's first penalty corner of the game, junior Casey Allen injected to Bente van Vlijmen who scored with a low backhand shot at the 2:08 mark for her team-high eighth goal of the year.

Then moments later, off another penalty corner, van Vlijmen corralled a loose ball and found Duarte, who scored her second career goal from straightaway at 5:35. 

Harvard broke the game open in the second half, as Allin notched her first of the year on a deflected shot off a penalty corner at 44:00. Then, Allin again scored off a penalty corner, this time finding the top of the netting on a beautiful shot from straightaway at 50:19 to put Harvard up 4-0.

Both Maddie Earle (61:51) and Olivia Hoover (63:17) scored on redirections to round out the scoring for Harvard. 

Harvard Highlights

  • Senior Olivia Allin recorded her first career two-goal game.
  • Senior Emily Duarte notched a career high four points (goal, two assists) in the game. Junior Bente van Vlijmen notched her fourth effort with three or more points this season, notching a goal and two assists.
  • Junior Casey Allen notched two assists, and leads the team with seven on the season. 

Game Notes

  • Harvard earned its sixth straight win in the series against Yale, and its most lopsided win in the 44-year history of the field hockey edition of the rivalry. Harvard leads the all-time series 25-15-7.
  • In four games at Berylson Field this season (all wins), Harvard has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 16-0.
  • The Crimson is now 16-1 in its last 17 Ivy League contests.

Up Next
Harvard returns to non-conference play at No. 18 Maine next Sunday, with the game scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on ESPN+.