Junior Maddie Earle recorded her first career hat trick in Harvard's win at Maine. (Gil Talbot)
ORONO, Maine – Junior Maddie Earle recorded her first career hat trick, and freshman goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo made four saves to lead No. 20 Harvard field hockey (7-1) to a 4-1 win over No. 18 Maine (8-1).
Sophomore Natalie Sicher added a goal, and junior Bente van Vlijmen had two assists for Harvard, which outshot Maine 13-6 for the game, with a 6-3 edge on penalty corners.
The Crimson led 1-0 at the half after Earle was in the right spot for a rebound goal at 12:13.
It was Earle scoring again early in the second half (38:25) for Harvard, this time putting in a loose ball from just in front of the cage after an initial shot by Bente van Vlijmen on a penalty corner.
Harvard responded to Maine's lone goal at 49:44, as Earle completed her hat trick on a beautiful redirection in front at 37:19. Sicher notched her fourth goal of the season from a sharp angle at 68:27 with the Maine net vacated.
- Three different players have recorded hat tricks for Harvard this season (Maddie Earle, Natalie Sicher, and Bente van Vlijmen).
- Junior Bente van Vlijmen added two assists and now leads the Crimson with 21 points (eight goals, five assists) this season.
- Harvard won its fourth straight game, and is off to its best eight-game start (7-1) in program history.
- Harvard won for the first time ever at Maine, and has won three of the last four meetings against the Black Bears.
- Harvard has outshot its opponent in all but one game this season.
Harvard will continue Ivy League play at Penn next Saturday (Sept. 29) before returning home the next day (Sept. 30) to host Bryant at 2 p.m. Both games will air on ESPN+.