No. 11 Harvard field hockey heads into weekend games at Brown and BU winners of six games in a row. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 11 Harvard field hockey (9-1, 1-0 Ivy League) has won six games in a row and moved up one spot in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll after picking up wins at Penn and back home against Bryant last weekend. Harvard looks to continue its run of exceptional play with a pair of road games this weekend. The Crimson will play at Brown (3-6, 0-2 Ivy League) on Friday before heading across town to play Boston University (7-4) on Sunday (2 p.m.).
How to Follow
Broadcast: at Brown – ESPN+
at Boston University – PLN
Live Stats: at Brown | at Boston University
What to Know
- Harvard is off to its best 10-game start in program history, with its third-longest winning streak (six) ever. In fact, the Crimson have had winning streaks of six games or more in each of the last three seasons, including a program record eight-game winning streak in 2018.
- Harvard's great start has been keyed by fantastic defensive play, and a balanced scoring attack. Harvard's team goals-against average is fourth in the nation (0.80). Harvard is 10th in the nation in scoring offense (3.4 goals per game), led by junior Bente van Vlijmen (nine goals, five assists), who is 11th in the country in scoring per game (2.3 points per game). Bente is on pace to surpass the single season program scoring record (42 points) held by Judy Collins '99 and Shelley Maasdorp '05.
- Harvard allowed just two total shots combined in games against Penn (outshot 8-2) and Bryant (outshot 31-0). Senior goalkeeper Libby Manela returned to start against Bryant, improving to 4-0 on the year. First-year goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo has won four straight starts (UMass, Yale, Maine, Penn), allowing just two goals in that span. Against No. 3 Maryland on Sept. 9, Shahbo made 10 saves against the Terps, the most by a Harvard goalie since 2015 (Issy Davies, 11 saves vs. Maine, 9/13/15).
- Junior Casey Allen has 10 points (goal, eight assists and is ninth in the nation with an average of .80 assists per game. Harvard is fourth in the nation overall with an average of 3.40 assists per game.
- BU leads the all-time series against Harvard, 18-14-1, but the Crimson have won the last two contests in 2016 and 2017. The Crimson is 24-13-6 all-time against Brown with a three-game winning streak against the Bears.
At The Helm
Tjerk van Herwaarden enters his seventh season as the head coach of Harvard field hockey, with a 64-48 mark overall, and a 26-18 record in Ivy play. The Crimson is 17-1 in its last 18 Ancient Eight contests.
Harvard will host Cornell next Saturday, Oct. 13 (12 p.m.) at Berylson Field. The game will air on ESPN+.