CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Six members of the Harvard field hockey team earned Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region awards, the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association (NFHCA) announced today.
Senior Rachel Greenwood, junior Hannah Pearce, and senior Bente van Vlijmen earned Northeast Region First Team honors, while Casey Allen, Ellie Shahbo, and Mimi Tarrant earned Second Team honors. Harvard finished the 2019 season at 13-4 (6-1 Ivy League).
A First Team All-Ivy selection, Greenwood had a breakout season for Harvard, finishing second on the team with 22 points (nine goals, four assists) and second in goals. She was tied for the team lead with three game-winning goal and was fifth in the Ivy League in points.
Pearce, a two-time NFHCA All-Region honoree and three-time All-Ivy selection, helped lead Harvard's defensive unit to an Ivy-best 1.14 goals-against average (9th, NCAA). She recorded her first career overtime game-winning goal in the season opener against UAlbany.
The Ivy League Player of the Year and a unanimous First Team All-Ivy selection, van Vlijmen was a two-time Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honoree. A three-time NFHCA All-American and four-time First Team All-Ivy selection, van Vlijmen finished the 2019 season with 32 points (13 goals, six assists) placing second in the Ivy League in scoring. For her career, van Vlijmen reached 45 goals, and 104 points, moving into sole possession of second place on Harvard's all-time goals and points list.
Allen, a two-time All-Ivy honoree, matched her career high with five goals on the season. She finished fourth on the team with 18 points (five goals, eight assists) and was a key part of Harvard's penalty corner attack.
Shahbo, a two-time NFHCA All-Region honoree and two-time All-Ivy selection, was a three-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honoree this year. She had the top goals-against average (1.07) in the Ivy League and the top save percentage (.767) in the Ivy League. She recorded two shutouts on the season, and was ranked among the top 10 in most NCAA goalkeeping categories all season.
Tarrant, a First Team All-Ivy selection, returned to form after missing the entire 2018 season due to injury. She finished second on the team and fifth in the Ivy League with 22 points (eight goals, six assists) and notched two game-winning goals, including an OT game-winner against No. 13 Liberty.