PRINCETON, N.J. – For the second straight season, Harvard field hockey as picked to finish second in the Ivy League preseason media poll, the conference announced today (August 28). Harvard received seven first place votes, finishing just three points behind Princeton for the top spot in the league poll.
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.
Ranked sixth in the NFHCA/Penn Monto Preseason Poll, the Crimson returns five of its top seven scorers from a season ago, including four-year standout and Longstreth/NFHCA All-American Bente van Vlijmen. 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.