CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On Saturday (April 6), the 2018 Harvard field hockey team gathered to celebrate a historic season at its team banquet, as players were presented their Ivy League championship rings, and individual awards were handed out.
Last fall, 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 presented the Championship Lifestyle Award, the Unsung Hero Award, the Most Outstanding Field Hockey Player Award, the Freshmen Award, and the Most Outstanding Student-Athlete Award. Award-winners are listed below.
THE CHAMPIONSHIP LIFESTYLE AWARD
This upper classman demonstrates an elite level of quality of life academically, socially, athletically and spiritually while exemplifying a championship lifestyle.
THE UNSUNG HERO AWARD
This student athlete has persevered in times of adversity and has displayed courage while bringing positive energy to all team sessions. She has contributed daily to our successes as a championship team.
THE MOST OUTSTANDING FIELD HOCKEY PLAYER
This player epitomizes the "world class" hockey player. She demonstrates the technical and tactical skills coupled with the heart of a champion.
THE FRESHMEN AWARD
This award stands for the player that has had the most positive impact on the season with her commitment, work rate and attitude on and off the field in her freshmen year.
THE MOST OUTSTANDING STUDENT-ATHLETE
This award is presented to the team's player who has displayed the most excellence on the field and in the classroom.