The first time Harvard field hockey coach Tjerk van Herwaarden saw junior Marissa Balleza play, he was still an assistant coach at the University of Maryland and she was still just a freshman at Severna Park High School—a half hour away from College Park.
The Crimson came within minutes of upsetting No. 20 Princeton at Jordan Field, falling 2-1 in the end.
This past weekend marked a roller coaster performance for the Harvard women’s field hockey team. Despite strong play in its games against Cornell on Saturday and New Hampshire on Sunday, the Crimson dropped both games, and slipped into a tie for fourth in the Ivy League standings.
At a critical stage in the game, co-captain Emily Jacobson took fate into her own hands. After drawing a penalty corner, junior forward Sarah Finnemore fed the ball into the attacking circle and Jacobson wasted no time in faking a pass to shake off the defense, firing a backhanded shot which found the back of the net to tie the game.
But just when it appeared as if the Bears would escape Jordan Field with the victory Saturday afternoon, a Crimson co-captain broke the scoring drought. On the fourth corner Harvard won in as many minutes, Elizabeth Jacobson took the ball on the edge of the shooting circle, faked left, and fired a shot into the bottom-right corner.
This past weekend, the Harvard field hockey team recovered from an overtime loss to Ivy League rival Penn to dominate Fairfield, 4-0.
The Harvard field hockey team earned two big wins on its weekend road trip, following up a 2-1 double-overtime shootout victory at Yale on Saturday with a 5-3 win over UMass Lowell on Sunday.
The Harvard field hockey team recorded two consecutive shutout triumphs over the weekend and climbed to over .500 for the year.