Freshman forward Bente van Vlijmen had a stellar weekend, scoring three of Harvard’s five goals to lead the group over Yale by a 2-0 score and No. 19 Maine by a 3-1 count.
In a pair of matchups that featured the first Ancient Eight game of the year and a clash against a ranked team, the Harvard field hockey team left the Berylson Family Field Hockey Field with a pair of victories under its belt after defeating Yale and #19 Maine.
This final weekend of action before the beginning of conference play was an opportunity for Harvard to tune-up one last time as the squad prepares to host Yale next Friday. But both games against Northeastern and UMass ended in disappointment for the Crimson.
Last week’s nail-biter against University of the Pacific was yet another moment in Balleza’s long history of stealing a win for Harvard. The forward notched both of Harvard’s goals off of a team leading five shots in the double overtime contest.
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.