No. 15 Field Hockey Set For Regular Season Finale at Columbia; Earle Organizes Meningitis Awareness Effort

Harvard field hockey closes out the regular season at Columbia on Friday. (Gil Talbot)
Harvard field hockey closes out the regular season at Columbia on Friday. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 15 Harvard field hockey (12-4, 5-1 Ivy League) wraps up the 2019 regular season at Columbia (7-8, 3-3 Ivy League) on Friday (Nov. 8) night at 6 p.m. on ESPN+.

Both teams will team together to raise awareness for meningitis awareness, a campaign led by senior forward Maddie Earle, who was diagnosed with meningitis during her freshman year. Click here for more information. 

Harvard swept games against Boston University (W, 4-1) and Dartmouth (W, 7-1) last week, honoring its six seniors – Casey AllenMaddie EarleGrace GeigerOlivia OstroverCallie Rennyson, and Bente van Vlijmen – on Senior Day after the game against the Big Green. All six seniors started the game on Saturday.

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  • Harvard and Columbia have met 22 times in field hockey, with the Crimson owning a 16-6 record against the Lions. Harvard has won six straight games in the series. In the last meeting between the two teams on Nov. 3, 2018, Harvard defeated Columbia, 6-0, and celebrated an outright Ivy League title at Berylson Field.
  • Last Saturday against Dartmouth, Bente van Vlijmen became the sixth player in program history to record four goals in a game in a 7-1 win over the Big Green. She is the first to accomplish the feat since Francie Walton '94 scored four against Springfield during the 1993 season. Bente added an assist earlier in the week in a 4-1 win over Boston University on Wednesday. She is the third player in program history to reach 100 points (43 goals, 14 assists).
  • Senior forward Bente van Vlijmen leads the team with 11 goals on the year and has a team-high 28 points (11 goals, six assists). van Vlijmen (43 goals, 14 assists; 100 points) is third on the Harvard all-time goals and points list. Sophomore Rachel Greenwood has recorded a career high nine goals and 22 points. Senior Casey Allen is enjoying a career-year, matching a single-season high with five goals. She has 17 points (five goals, seven assists) overall.
  • Harvard entered the week leading the Ivy League with a 1.15 goals-against average and is second in the conference and fourth in the NCAA with an average of 3.31 goals per game. Ellie Shahbo leads the league and is 10th in the NCAA with a 1.07 goals-against average. Her .786 save percentage is also tops in the Ivy League and 9th in the nation.
  • The Crimson returned 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 captains the 2019 team.