CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 15 Harvard field hockey (10-4, 4-1 Ivy League) will play its final two home games of the regular season when it hosts Boston University (6-10) on Wednesday (Oct. 30) and Dartmouth (3-11, 0-5 Ivy League) on Saturday (Nov. 2). Both games will air on ESPN+. On Wednesday the Crimson will host an awareness event for the Travis Roy Foundation, with Travis Roy in attendance for the game. Click here for more information.
On Saturday, Harvard will honor its six seniors – Casey Allen, Maddie Earle, Grace Geiger, Olivia Ostrover, Callie Rennyson, and Bente van Vlijmen. The Harvard field hockey class of 2020 will graduate with the most wins by any group in program history with 52 victories heading into this week's competition.
What to Know
- Harvard and Boston University will meet for the 35th time, with the Crimson winning three straight games in the series. BU owns an 18-15-1 edge all-time. Last year, Harvard beat BU, 2-0, on Oct. 7, 2018 with Maddie Earle and Rachel Greenwood recording goals, and Ellie Shahbo recording two saves for the sehutout win.
- Harvard has won five straight games in the series against Dartmouth, which the Big Green leads 23-18-4 overall. Last season, with a 6-0 win at Dartmouth on Oct. 27, 2018, Harvard clinched its fifth Ivy League title and a berth into the NCAA Tournament. Casey Allen and Maddie Earle each scored twice 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 19 points (seven goals, five assists). van Vlijmen (39 goals, 14 assists; 92 points) is third on the Harvard all-time goals and points list. Senior Casey Allen is enjoying a career-year, matching a single-season high with five goals. She has 16 points (five goals, six assists) overall.
- Harvard entered the week leading the Ivy League with a 1.17 goals-against average and is second in the conference with an average of 3 goals per game. Ellie Shahbo leads the league and is 10th in the NCAA with a 1.08 goals-against average. Her .769 save percentage is also tops in the Ivy League and 13th in the nation.
- 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.