Harvard celebrated its fifth Ivy League title after defeating Columbia, 6-0, at Berylson Field on Senior Day.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 6 Harvard field hockey (16-1, 7-0 Ivy League) capped off a record-setting regular season in style, beating Columbia (8-9, 2-5 Ivy League), 6-0, on Senior Day at Berylson Field.
Junior Maddie Earle had a goal and two assists, and seniors Olivia Allin and Kathleen Young added goals for the Crimson, which finished the year with a perfect home (8-0) and conference (7-0) record. First year goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo made four saves to earn her 10th win of the season.
Harvard has won 13 games in a row overall, and amazingly, did not allow a goal at Berylson Field all season, outscoring opponents 33-0 in home games.
An early goal off a penalty corner from Allin (9:48) gave Harvard a 1-0 lead. The Crimson broke through for two late first half goals to break the game open, as Rachel Greenwood (28:54) and Earle (32:50) helped Harvard take a 3-0 lead at the half.
Harvard continued to push the pace, as Natalie Sicher scored from a tough angle off a great pass from Earle at 45:20. Young scooped a rebound past the Columbia goalkeeper at 57:23, then Tessel Huibregtsen rounded out the scoring with a great individual effort at 67:15.
The Crimson celebrated its fifth Ivy League title after the game, as the team was presented with a trophy after clinching the conference title outright.
- Junior Maddie Earle now leads the Ivy League with 15 goals and 35 points (15 goals, five assists) on the season.
- Sophomore Natalie Sicher added a goal and an assist, her second three-plus point effort of the season.
- First-year goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo (four saves) has won 10 straight starts (UMass, Yale, Maine, Penn, BU, Cornell, Princeton, Boston College, Dartmouth, Columbia), allowing just three goals in that span.
- For the second time in the last three seasons (and second time in program history), Harvard finished the regular season with a perfect 7-0 record in Ivy League play. Harvard has won 22 of its last 23 Ivy League contests overall.
- Harvard now leads the all-time series against Columbia, 16-6, with the Crimson winning six straight in the series against the Lions.
- It was a dream regular season for Harvard with several team records falling:
Most wins in a season (16)
Longest winning streak (13)
Highest national ranking (No. 6)
Most hat tricks (4)
Harvard will await the NCAA Field Hockey Division I Tournament selection show, which will air on Sunday, Nov. 4 on NCAA.com at 10 p.m.