CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 13 Harvard field hockey (8-3) returns to non-conference play on Tuesday (Oct. 15) when it hosts UMass-Lowell (5-6) in a 6 p.m. contest (ESPN+) at Berylson Field.
Harvard is coming off of a record-setting 9-1 win over Brown on Sunday afternoon, as the Crimson matched a school mark for goals scored in a single game, and for margin of victory.
- Harvard and UMass-Lowell meet for the sixth time in field hockey, with the Crimson owning a 5-0 record in the series. The Crimson won the last meeting, 5-3, on Sept. 27, 2015, at UMass-Lowell.
- Senior forward Bente van Vlijmen leads the team with seven goals on the year, and has 18 points (seven goals, four assists) in her last seven games. van Vlijmen (39 goals, 13 assists; 91 points) is third on the Harvard all-time goals and points list. She needs 8 goals to match the school record set by Marissa Ballezza '17 (47), and 19 points to match Ballezza's points record (110)
- Harvard entered the week leading the Ivy League with a 1.22 goals-against average, allowing two goals or less in 10 of its first 11 contests. Ellie Shahbo leads the league with a 1.08 goals-against average, and a .755 save percentage.
- Harvard finished the 2018 season 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 five of its top seven scorers from a season ago, including four-year standout and Longstreth/NFHCA All-American Bente van Vlijmen, the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Year. Harvard also returns the bulk of a strong defensive unit (No. 2 NCAA) - led by junior defender Hannah Pearce and sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo (both All-Ivy) - that allowed .74 goals per game, with 10 shutouts. Junior Mimi Tarrant and senior Bente van Vlijmen will captain the 2019 team.