Rookie Bente van Vlijmen shifted all over the field this season, but the Zeist, Netherlands, native found success wherever she went.
For the first time since 1993, the Harvard field hockey topped Princeton en route to an Ivy League championship.
The Pioneers triumphed thanks to a 15-10 tiebreaker.
The Crimson (11-5, 6-0 Ivy) emerged victorious against Dartmouth (4-11, 0-6) thanks to the Netherlands native breaking the gridlock at the beginning of the second period with three goals within 12 minutes.
Harvard ended its eight-game winning streak with a loss to No. 12 Boston College on a rainy night on Berylson Field. The Crimson (10-5, 5-0 Ivy) was ranked four spots below the Eagles, and the game ended with Boston College (10-7, 3-3 ACC) claiming the victory at 4-1.
The Harvard women’s field hockey team found itself in a very familiar position this weekend against University of Pennsylvania. The Crimson (6-4, 2-0 Ivy) fought through yet another double-overtime to overcome the Quakers (6-3, 1-1 Ivy), 3-2, and continue on undefeated in Ivy League play. This is the third Crimson game this season that has gone into overtime.
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.
After pulling through for an overtime win on Friday, the Crimson could not pull off back to back wins.
Berylson Field witnessed déjà vu on Thursday night as Harvard claimed its second double-overtime win in only three games. The hosts notched the victory thanks to a blazing strike by senior forward and leading goal scorer Marissa Balleza.
After an overtime win against Holy Cross on Friday, the Crimson faltered agains New Hampshire in double-overtime on Sunday
The designation of a Pocock All-American is one of the highest honors one can attain in women’s collegiate rowing. Recently, senior Lauren Tracey and captain Frederika Archibald—members of the women’s heavyweight crew team—were honored as first-team and second-team All-Americans, respectively.
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.
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.
On Friday the visiting Crimson received unexpected resistance from the Crusaders yet recovered in Monday's home opener on the strength of a hat trick from junior forward Marissa Balleza.