Field Hockey Season Recap

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Jacobson scored six goals this season and recorded the game-winner in overtime against Fairfield in a nonconference victory.

Forward Marissa Belleza was the Crimson’s leading scorer this year with 12 goals, twice as many as any other teammate.

The freshman also posted a team-high four assists, garnering second team All-Ivy accolades in her first season for Harvard.

“I think this year’s freshmen really pushed the upperclassmen to step up,” Code said. “As a freshman coming in, you’re always trying to get a spot. They came in strong and fit, talented and skilled, and just having that extra push made everyone else want to work to their potential as well.”

While she watched the freshmen improve their game on the field this past year, Rea hopes to encourage their vocal presence next year.

“They’ve stepped it up play-wise, but now they’re stepping it up with communication, too, which is huge,” Rea said. “Being in the backfield and having a freshman shout at you that you’re not on your mark is what we need. And the fact that that’s happening now is so helpful. If you see something, you need to let people know.”

The Crimson players typically arrive on campus right before their season begins, leaving each athlete with the responsibility of staying in shape over the summer and preparing for the year ahead.

“We want to work on getting the team in the right mindset,” Rea said.

“We have the capabilities,” she added. “We bring it so well in some games, and then in other games, we lose it. We’re trying to get a constant mindset coming into every game.”

—Staff writer Orlea L. Miller can be reached at omiller@college.harvard.edu.

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