This weekend's field hockey matches had little in common: Ivy play and interleague play, unranked rival and top-25 opponent, a history of wins and no history at all. The games themselves were similarly different - a fast start and a slow start, a blowout and a forced overtime.
Both of the Crimson's contests this week were within a one point margin. The first, a contest against No. 18 that fell against the team from Cambridge. Harvard's fortuned flipped on Monday in a 3-2 victory over in-state rival, UMass.
The Crimson had little time to shake off its offseason rust, heading straight into play against No. 22 Albany and No. 4 UConn.
A stalwart in front of the net, the former England U-18 team captain immediately solidified herself as one of the best at her position across the NCAA.
Over that time period, Harvard accumulated four hat tricks – also a record – and clawed their way up to 6th in the country.
With this season in the books, and with strong talent across the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes returning for 2019, the Crimson’s field hockey’s journey is far from over. Earle led the Ivy League in goals scored, with junior midfielder Bente van Vlijmen second, while Shahbo led the nation in goals against average and save percentage.