CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The 15th-ranked Harvard field hockey team (3-2) will take on cross-town rival Northeastern (1-5) tomorrow night at Dedham Field. The Crimson has won two games in a row, with late game heroics in wins against No. 23 American (W, 3-2) and most recently last Friday night in a 1-0 (2OT) win over Monmouth.
WHAT TO KNOW
- Last Friday against Monmouth, sophomore Avery Donahue recorded her third career game-winning goal in a 1-0 (2OT) win over Monmouth on Friday night. Donahue, who also had the overtime game-winner against Monmouth during the 2021 season, scored with 8:03 remaining in double overtime, redirecting a shot from Kate Oliver into the net to help Harvard earn the win.
- In a stretch of 27 games dating back to the end of the 2019 season, Harvard has not allowed more than two goals in a game. Harvard is 23-4 in that span, recording 12 shutouts.
- Northeastern leads the all-time series against Harvard, 28-18, but the Crimson has won the last three meetings, including a 4-0 win on Sept. 17, 2021 last season at Berylson Field. In that contest, Emily Berlinghof, Olivia Hoover, Lucy Leelduck Maddie Mullaney all scored goals, and Ellie Shahbo made four saves to earn the shutout.
- Seniors Kiley Allen, Olivia Hooverduck Ellie Shahbo will captain the Crimson in 2022. All three captains were first-years in 2018, and have compiled a record of 47-8 in three seasons, including a 20-1 record in Ivy games, and a 23-2 mark in home contests.
- NFHCA All-Americans Ellie Shahbo (second team) duck Emily Guckian (third team) return for Harvard. Shahbo had an incredible season in net for Harvard in 2021, leading the nation in virtually every statistical goalkeeping category. A First Team All-Ivy Honoree, Shahbo had the nation’s top goals-against average (0.44) and save percentage (.860) and added 10 shutouts. She finished the year with a record of 15-2. Guckian was one of Harvard’s top two-way players, recording a goal and six assists and helping Harvard’s defense become one of the top units in the nation. A native of Waybridge, England, Guckian was an NFHCA First Team All-Northeast Region selection and Second Team All-Ivy honoree.
- Harvard is coming off its seventh appearance at the NCAA Tournament and sixth Ivy League title after finishing the 2021 season at 17-2 (7-0 Ivy).
- Returning to play in 2021 after a missed season due to the pandemic, Harvard made the NCAA Semifinals for the first time in program history, matching a program record for wins on the year. Harvard also beat its highest ranked opponent ever, defeating No. 2 Michigan in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Harvard will play its Ivy opener against Columbia on Friday (4 pm) at home, followed by a game against BU on Sunday (1 pm), also at Berylson Field.