CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a record setting 2018 season for Harvard field hockey, the Crimson has its sights set on 2019, as the program released its schedule for the upcoming season.
Harvard finished last year at 17-2 (7-0 Ivy League), as the team won its fifth Ivy League title, earned its sixth NCAA Tournament bid, and reached the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time ever. Harvard set 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 returns six of its top seven scorers from a season ago, including Longstreth/NFHCA All-Americans Bente van Vlijmen and Tessel Huibregtsen. Harvard also returns the bulk of a strong defensive unit (No. 2 NCAA), that allowed .74 goals per game, with 10 shutouts. Junior Mimi Tarrant and senior Bente van Vlijmen will captain the 2019 team.
Harvard will play four games against teams that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Tournament, and will face three defending conference champions, beginning with a road contest at Albany on Sept. 6.
The challenging start to the season continues with another road contest at reigning Big East champion UConn on Sept. 8. Harvard will host Stanford on Sept. 12 in its home opener at Berylson Field.
The Crimson continues non-conference play with games against regional opponents, taking on UMass in a road contest on Sept. 16 before returning home to face Maine on Sept. 22.
Harvard begins its Ivy League title defense on Sept. 28, opening Ancient Eight play at Yale. The Crimson will play three straight home games against New Hampshire (Sept. 29), Penn (Oct. 5) and Liberty (Oct. 6), before a short trip to Boston College on Oct. 10.
Ivy play continues on Oct. 13 against Brown, with the Crimson playing two more games that week against UMass-Lowell (Oct. 15) at home and at Cornell (Oct. 19). Harvard will host Ivy rival Princeton on Oct. 26 before playing its final non-conference game of the year against defending Patriot League champion Boston University on Oct. 30.
The Crimson rounds out its regular season slate with a home game against Dartmouth (Nov. 2) before hitting the road to take on Columbia (Nov. 8).
All of Harvard's home games as well as the entire Ivy League schedule will be available for viewing on ESPN+ (subscription required).