No. 6 Field Hockey Claims Fifth Ivy Title, NCAA Tournament Bid with 6-0 Win at Dartmouth

No. 6 Field Hockey Claims Fifth Ivy Title, NCAA Tournament Bid with 6-0 Win at Dartmouth

Harvard clinched its fifth Ivy League title with a 6-0 win at Dartmouth on Saturday. (Gil Talbot)

– In a record setting year, No. 6 Harvard field hockey (15-1, 6-0 Ivy League) made some more history today (Oct. 27) with a 6-0 win at Dartmouth (6-9, 2-4 Ivy League), earning a share of its fifth Ivy League title. Harvard will return to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the last three seasons and the sixth time in program history.

The Crimson, which won a school-record 12th straight game, dominated the Big Green from the opening whistle, outshooting Dartmouth 28-2, with 13 penalty corners. Juniors Casey Allen and Maddie Earle each scored twice to lead the Crimson attack, with Allen and Earle scoring in the first half to give Harvard an early cushion.

The Crimson put the pressure on from the start, as the Dartmouth goalkeeper made two saves on four Harvard penalty corners in the opening 10 minutes.

Harvard finally broke through just over midway through the half. Junior Casey Allen scored her fourth goal of the year from just in front of the cage on a second rebound off a penalty corner at 22:15.

Then in the final minutes of the half, with Harvard again maintaining pressure in Dartmouth's end, junior Maddie Earle redirected a Hannah Pearce shot into the lower right corner of the cage to put Harvard up 2-0 at 29:49.

On a rainy afternoon, the floodgates truly opened in the second half for Harvard, as Allen added her second goal of the game at 39:49. after a deflected shot went right to her stick in front.

Olivia Allin scored on a penalty corner with a beautiful shot into the top corner at 47:09 to put the game out of reach. Earle (61:24) and Bente van Vlijmen (66:41) added late goals to pad the lead.

Harvard Highlights

  • Junior Casey Allen (two goals, assist) recorded a career high five points in the win.
  • Junior Maddie Earle now leads the Ivy League with 14 goals on the season, after adding two goals against the Big Green.
  • First-year goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo (save) has won nine straight starts (UMass, Yale, Maine, Penn, BU, Cornell, Princeton, Boston College, Dartmouth), allowing just three goals in that span.

Game Notes

  • Harvard won a share of its fifth Ivy League title (1990, 1991, 2004, 2016, 2018) with the victory at Dartmouth today.
  • Harvard will earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, returning for the sixth time in program history (1991, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2016, 2018).
  • Harvard extended its school record winning streak to 12 games, the second longest streak in the nation.

What's Next?
Harvard will honor its seniors next Saturday (Nov. 3) against Columbia with its final home contest of the year. The game will begin at 12 p.m. and will air on ESPN+.