Women's Field Hockey Shuts Out Holy Cross to Extend Win Streak

After sweeping its weekend’s opponents, Yale and Lafayette, by a combined 8-2 score line, No. 14 Harvard (6-2) traveled to Worcester, Mass., for a mid-week face off against Holy Cross (5-4). Despite the team’s recent run of success, senior midfielder and co-captain Hannah Wellington stressed the importance of continuing to approach each game one at a time.

“One thing we always talk about as a team is taking every game as it comes,” Wellington said.

“We always want to focus on ourselves and tell ourselves that this is the next game; this is the next problem that we are going to overcome as a team.”

After a blistering start, the Crimson eventually overcame the Crusaders 7-0 to continue its hot start to the season.

Harvard head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden noted his team’s relience on a collective effort to secure the decisive victory.


“One aspect which has been working well has been our ability to rotate people in,” van Herwaarden said. “When we do that, we aren’t compromising ourselves at any part of the field. That’s great to see.”

Harvard’s offensive onslaught began at the sound of the whistle.

After firing off seven shots in the first eight minutes of play, the Crimson was finally able to find the back of the net.

In the ninth minute, sophomore midfielder Bente van Vlijmen played a pass to Wellington, whose shot beat the Holy Cross goalkeeper for the opening goal.

Following a lull in the action, Wellington found herself playing the scorer role yet again.

The co-captain received a pass from sophomore forward Maddie Earle in the 22nd minute to score her second goal of the day. After assisting on the first goal of the game, van Vlijmen found herself on the score sheet once more, this time in the 24th minute, as the Dutch midfielder scored from the top of the circle to extend Harvard’s lead to 3-0.

The string of Crimson scoring did not end there, as the team managed to add on another goal before the close of the half.

In the 34th minute, freshman Tessel Huibregsten rushed up the field and played a cross to junior forward Kathleen Young, who tapped the ball in for the score. With the goal, Young extended her scoring streak to six games. She currently leads the team with 17 points on the year.

The second half was more of the same for Harvard, as the team fired off three shots in the first six minutes of action.

Entering the 42nd minute, Young managed to corral a rebound in front of the net and put it away for her second goal of the game.


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