Sophomore midfielder Bente van Vlijmen glides by the UConn defense. The Netherlands native notched eight goals in 16 games last season and will likely shoulder even more of the offensive burden this year. Through four games in the 2017 campaign, van Vlijmen has two strikes and an assist.
Returning home after a West Coast trip, the No. 18 Harvard field hockey team faced off against No. 2 Connecticut in the Crimson’s home opener. The Huskies provided a stiff challenge, as Harvard fell 3-1.
“I think that the success from last year gave us the confidence to know that we are good enough to compete very strongly in the Ivy League, and even nationally,” co-captain Ellie Cookson said. “However, we are not going to become complacent."
After capturing its first outright Ivy League title since 1990 last season, the No. 20 Harvard field hockey team entered 2017 with high hopes. Its new campaign kicked off this weekend as the Crimson battled sweltering heat and got the best of two of its three opponents in California.