No. 6 Field Hockey Sets Program Record with 14th Win, Defeating No. 13 BC, 1-0

No. 6 Harvard field hockey set a program record with its 14th win of the year, a 1-0 win over No. 13 Boston College. (Gil Talbot)

Senior captain Kathleen Young scored off a penalty corner with no time remaining in the first half to lift No. 6 Harvard field hockey (14-1) to a 1-0 win over No. 13 Boston College (9-8).

The win was Harvard's 11th in a row (a program record), and marked the first time in program history that Harvard has reached the 14-win mark.

First-year goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo made a save in the first half to earn her second shutout of the season. The visiting Eagles owned a 7-6 advantage on shots and an 8-2 margin on penalty corners. The Crimson survived a flurry of BC penalty corners late in the game – four in the final five minutes – to earn the win.

With the game scoreless, Shahbo came up with a big save, coming off the goal line to kick out a shot from BC's Elizabeth Dennehy at 19:36 of the opening half.

Sophomore Tessel Huibregtsen made a great play to set up Harvard's lone goal with a long outlet pass to Young with seconds left on the clock in the first half. Young earned the penalty corner, which Harvard converted with no time on the clock.

Junior Bente van Vlijmen's shot went off the stick of Young, and the senior captain found an open net for her fifth goal of the season to give Harvard the 1-0 lead. 

Harvard Highlights

  • Tessel Huibregtsen (assist) has nine points (three goals, three assists) in her last three games.
  • First-year goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo has won eight straight starts (UMass, Yale, Maine, Penn, BU, Cornell, Princeton, Boston College), allowing just three goals in that span. 
  • Harvard has not allowed a goal at Beryslon Field all season, outscoring opponents 27-0 with a perfect 7-0 mark at home this year.

Game Notes

  • Harvard earned its first win over Boston College since 2003, snapping a 13-game winless streak against the Eagles.
  • Harvard won its second straight game against a ranked opponent (No. 3 Princeton, No. 13 Boston College).
  • Harvard extended its school record winning streak to 11 games, the second longest streak in the nation.

What's Next?
Harvard heads to Dartmouth on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest. With a win, the Crimson will earn at least a share of the Ivy League title, and an automatic NCAA Tournament bid.