Harvard field hockey had its best season in program history, finishing the 2018 season 17-2 (7-0 Ivy League).
GILBERT, Ariz. – The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced that the Harvard field hockey coaching staff has been named the Northeast Region Spiideo/NFHCA Coaching Staff of the Year.
Head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden, along with assistant coaches Elizabeth Jacobson and Kelsey Kolojejchick helped Harvard field hockey to its best season in program history.
Harvard finished the season 17-2 (7-0 Ivy League) 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. The Crimson won its fifth Ivy League title, and earned its sixth NCAA Tournament bid, reaching the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time ever with a 6-1 win over No. 9 Penn State in the first round.
Harvard had one of the nation's best defensive units (No. 2 NCAA), allowing .74 goals per game, with 10 shutouts. The Crimson did not allow a goal at Berylson Field all season, outscoring opponents 33-0 with an 8-0 record on its home field. Harvard was also a prolific offensive team (No. 4 NCAA) averaging 3.68 goals per game.
Tjerk van Herwaarden was named Ivy League Coach of the Year, while junior Bente van Vlijmen earned Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors. First-year goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors. Nine individuals earned All-Ivy League honors with a conference-best five players on the All-Ivy First Team. Both van Vlijmen (third team) and sophomore Tessel Huibregtsen (second team) earned Longstreth/NFHCA All-American honors.