Field Hockey Earns NFHCA National Academic Team Award; No. 3 Team GPA in Nation

Gil Talbot / Harvard Athletics
Gil Talbot / Harvard Athletics

Harvard was recognized as one of the top academic squads in the nation by the NFHCA. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The 2018 Harvard field hockey team was not only historically successful on the field, but they were also recognized as one of the top academic teams in the nation by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) today (March 11).

Harvard had the No. 3 team GPA (3.64) in the nation among all Division I field hockey programs. Harvard is one of 76 Division programs that earned the 2018 Zag Field Hockey / NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award for having a team GPA of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year.

On the field, Harvard finished the year at 17-2 (7-0 Ivy League) recording its best season in program history. The team won its fifth Ivy League title, and earned its sixth NCAA Tournament bid, and reached the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time ever. Harvard 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. Head coach 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 and earned All-America Recognition. Sophomore Tessel Huibregtsen was also named an All-American. Nine individuals earned All-Ivy League honors with a conference-best five players on the All-Ivy First Team.