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.
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.
For the first time in school history, No. 6 Harvard field hockey (17-1) earned an NCAA tournament win and will advance to the NCAA quarterfinals.
In late August, the Harvard field hockey team was gearing up to open its season against the University of New Hampshire. At that time, the squad had no way of knowing that it was about to embark on what would be one of the most successful campaigns in program history.
On Senior Day, Harvard shut out Columbia to claim the Ivy League title. Now, the team takes on Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The No. 6 Harvard field hockey team dominated the Big Green in a 6-0 shutout Saturday afternoon, clinching its second Ancient Eight title in the last three years.
A program-record win streak has Harvard setting its sights high but also refusing to take anything for granted with three games remaining on its schedule.