Five Harvard field hockey players were honored with Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region awards.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Five members of the Harvard field hockey team earned Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region awards, the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association (NFHCA) announced today.
Junior forward Maddie Earle, sophomore midfielder Tessel Huibregtsen, and junior midfielder Bente van Vlijmen earned Northeast Region First Team honors, while sophomore defender Hannah Pearce and first-year goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo earned Northeast Region Second Team honors. All five players helped Harvard (17-2, 7-0 Ivy League) to its best season in program history, as the Crimson set a school marks for wins (17) and wins in a row (14), and had the highest national ranking (No. 6) since the program's inception in 1974.
Earle was the Ivy League scoring champion, finishing the year with 38 points (16 goals, six assists). A First Team All-Ivy selection, Earle had 14 goals in her last 12 games, including hat tricks against No. 18 Maine and Cornell, and was a big part of Harvard's fourth-ranked scoring offense (3.68 goals per game). Earle's point total is third all-time in Harvard history, just behind the school record (42 points) held by Judy Collins '99 and Shelley Maasdorp '05.
Huibregtsen is a two-time NFHCA All-Region honoree, and was a unanimous First-Team All-Ivy selection as one of the league's top two-way players, recording a career high 21 points (seven goals, seven assists). She was named Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 24 playing a key role in Harvard's 3-1 win at No. 3 Princeton with a goal and an assist in the game. She was also Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 22. Huibregtsen closed the season with 15 points (five goals, five assists) in her last seven games and was a big part of the Crimson's strong defensive unit (No. 2 NCAA), allowing .74 goals per game, with 10 shutouts.
Bente van Vlijmen is a three-time NFHCA All-Region First Team honoree. She was the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and a First Team All-Ivy selection. A two-time NFHCA/Longstreth All-American, van Vlijmen completed her best season with the Crimson, recording 32 points (13 goals, six assists). Bente recorded points in all but six games for the Crimson, and was the team's most consistent threat on the attack, recording a team-high 49 shots on goal, almost twice as much as the next highest number on the team. She was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 3 after notching five goals combined in wins against UNH and Holy Cross.
A First Team All-Ivy selection, Pearce was a big part of the Crimson's nation-leading defensive unit, allowing .74 goals per game, with 10 shutouts. The sophomore back has started every game since she arrived at Harvard and added a goal and three assists on the offensive end this year.
Shahbo was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a First Team All-Ivy selection as one of the nation's top goalkeepers. Shahbo finished the season with a 11-2-0 record, including three shutouts, a .70 goals against average (No. 2 NCAA) and a .804 save percentage (No. 2 NCAA). Shahbo won 11 straight starts (UMass, Yale, Maine, Penn, BU, Cornell, Princeton, Boston College, Dartmouth, Columbia, Penn State), during the season, allowing just four goals in that span. In her first career start, Shahbo made 10 saves against the No. 3 Maryland, the most by a Harvard goalie since 2015 (Issy Davies, 11 saves vs. Maine, 9/13/15).