No. 14 Field Hockey Looks to Continue Ivy Run at Cornell

Julia Smits and the Crimson will hit the road to take on Cornell on Saturday.
Julia Smits and the Crimson will hit the road to take on Cornell on Saturday.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 14 Harvard field hockey (9-3, 3-0 Ivy League) hits the road this weekend to take on Cornell (7-3, 2-1 Ivy League) in a key conference matchup on Saturday (Oct. 19) at 12 p.m. (ESPN+). Harvard has won its last 12 regular season Ivy League contests dating back to 2017.

Harvard has won eight of its last night games, including wins against Brown (W, 9-1) and UMass-Lowell (W, 4-0) earlier this week. Against UMass-Lowell on Tuesday, sophomore Rachel Greenwood recorded her first career two-goal game to lead Harvard. She now has eight points (three goals, two assists) in her last two games.

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  • Harvard has won its last three contests in the series against Cornell, owning a 28-13-4 record against the Big Red all-time. The Crimson defeated Cornell, 8-0, at Berylson Field last season on Oct. 13, 2018, with Maddie Earle recording a hat trick, and Casey Allen adding a goal and two assists to lead Harvard.
  • Senior forward Bente van Vlijmen and sophomore Rachel Greenwood each lead the team with seven goals on the year, with van Vlijmen recording a team-high 18 points (seven goals, four assists). 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 an average of 3.17 goals per game, and a 1.12 goals-against average, allowing two goals or less in 11 of its first 12 contests. Ellie Shahbo leads the league with a 1.00 goals-against average, and a .774 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.   

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