Ivy League Hands Out Field Hockey All-Ivy, Major Awards

24 Nov 2021 | 09:26 | Field Hockey

PRINCETON, N.J. – Following another successful Ivy League field hockey season that saw two teams ranked inside the nation’s top-20 all season long and the league pick up six wins against nationally-ranked opponents, the 2021 All-Ivy and major awards were announced this afternoon.
Princeton’s Beth Yeager named Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year
Harvard receives two major awards – Hannah Pearce named Defensive Player of the Year, Tjerk van Herwaarden claims Coach of the Year)
Five unanimous First-Team All-Ivy selections
All teams with at least one representative on First or Second-Team All-Ivy squads
Princeton freshman standout Beth Yeager becomes the first player in Ivy League history to be voted both Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season. The freshman was unanimously selected for the top rookie honor. Harvard senior defender Hannah Pearce capped her career off with Defensive Player of the Year laurels. Harvard’s Tjerk van Herwaarden was voted Coach of the Year.

Yeager was sensational throughout her rookie campaign for a Tiger squad that was nationally ranked throughout the year. She accumulated 16 goals and six assists for a league-leading 38 points in just 14 games, including three-game winning goals. Yeager ranks second in the country in points per game with 2.71, while sitting third in goal per game with 1.14. She becomes the first player in Ivy League Field Hockey history to be voted both Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. She also becomes the first rookie to be unanimously selected for the honor since Princeton’s Julia Reinprecht did so in 2009.

Pearce led an impressive defensive unit for a Crimson squad that was nationally ranked throughout the season. The Crimson pace the country in goals against average (0.42) and ranks second with nine shutouts this season. Pearce has played in all 17 games, allowing just five goals in Ivy League play and just one second half goal. On the other side of the ball, the senior defender leads the Crimson with 13 goals and two assists for 28 points, which ranks third among League leaders.

van Herwaarden earns his third Ivy League Coach of the Year award after leading the Crimson to its third outright Ivy League title in the last five seasons with a perfect 7-0 league record. van Herwaarden capped the 2021 season with his 100th win in his 10 seasons with the program. Harvard’s 15-1 mark leads the country in winning percentage, while his defense is first in goals against average (0.42) and the Crimson are sixth in scoring margin (2.03). Six student-athletes have won major Ivy League postseason awards under van Herwaarden guidance.

The All-Ivy First Team saw a heavy dose of upperclassmen add to their achievements. Ten juniors and seniors earned the honor, while Yeager was the only underclassmen to earn First-Team laurels. Yeager and Pearce were joined by Cornell junior midfielder Caroline Ramsey, Brown senior midfielder Danielle van Rootselaar and Penn senior defender Gracyn Banks as unanimous First-Team All-Ivy selections.

Princeton paced the league with four on the list as junior forward Ali McCarthy, junior midfielder Hannah Davey and junior defender Gabby Andretta joined Yeager. Harvard junior goalie Ellie Shahbo earned her second career First-Team honors, while Columbia’s Kelsey Farkas and Yale’s Imogen Davies rounded out the team.

All eight squads were represented on the Second Team including Dartmouth sophomore midfielder Bronwyn Bird.

Additionally, one Ivy League Field Hockey student-athlete from each institution were recognized for their committement on and off the field as members of the 2021 Ivy Laegue Field Hockey Academic All-Ivy team. Brown’s Danielle van Rootselaar, Columbia’s Alexa Conomikes, Cornell’s Katie MacGillis, Dartmouth’s Sara Falkson, Harvard’s Mimi Tarrant, Penn’s Gracyn Banks, Princeton’s Ophelie Bemelmans and Yale’s Imogen Davies were each named to the team.

In this past Sunday’s NCAA Selection Show, No. 11 Harvard was selected to carry 10-game win streak to Ann Arbor Michigan where the Crimson will face ACC regular-season champion Louisville on Friday, November 12 at 2:30 p.m., at Phyllis Ocker Field. Action will be available on

Beth Yeager, Princeton (Fr., F – Greenwich, Conn.)

Hannah Pearce, Harvard (Sr., D – Johannesburg, South Africa)

Rookie of the Year
*Beth Yeager, Princeton (Fr., F – Greenwich, Conn.)

Coach of the Year
Tjerk van Herwaarden, Harvard

*Beth Yeager, Princeton (Fr., F – Greenwich, Conn.)
*Caroline Ramsey, Cornell (Jr., M/D – New Vernon, N.J.)
*Danielle van Rootselaar, Brown (Sr., M/F – Bilthoven, Netherlands)
*Gracyn Banks, Penn (Sr., D – Burlington, N.J.)
*Hannah Pearce, Harvard (Sr., D – Johannesburg, South Africa)
Imogen Davies, Yale (Sr., M – Kilmacolm, Scotland)
Ali McCarthy, Princeton (Jr., F – Madison, N.J.)
Hannah Davey, Princeton (Jr., M/D – Derbyshire, England)
Kelsey Farkas, Columbia (Sr., M – Ardmore, Pa.)
Gabby Andretta, Princeton (Jr., D – Harding, N.J.)
Ellie Shahbo, Harvard (Jr., G – Surrey, England)

Alissa Wong, Yale (Jr., M – West Vancouver, B.C.)
Emily Guckian, Harvard (Fr., M – Waybridge, England)
Mimi Tarrant, Harvard (Sr., M/F – Warwickshire, England)
Sammy Popper, Princeton (Jr., M – Blue Bell, Pa.)
Isabella Palde, Cornell (Jr., M – Schwenksville, Pa.)
Rachel Greenwood, Harvard (Sr., M/F – Preston, England)
Bronwyn Bird, Dartmouth (So., M – West Vancouver, B.C.)
Maya Walker, Columbia (So., D/M – Greenwich, Conn.)
Sydney Huang, Penn (Jr., F/M – Dallas, Texas)
Julia Hitti, Brown (Fr., D – Ashland, Mass.)
Alexa Conomikes, Columbia (Sr., G – Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Theodora Dillman, Yale (Jr., M – Lancaster, Pa.)
Meghan Ward, Penn (Jr., M – Boston, Mass.)
Avery Donahue, Harvard (So., M – Madison, N.J.)
Bridget Mahoney, Cornell (Jr., M – Darien, Conn.)
Imogen Govan, Brown (So., M – Oakville, Ontario)
Lena Ansari, Yale (So., F – Glenview, Ill.)
Luanna Summer, Yale (So., G – St. Louis, Mo.)
Megan Joel, Harvard (Fr., F – Chatham, N.J.)
Aerin Park, Cornell (Jr., G – Surrey, B.C.)
Elita van Staden, Penn (Jr., D – Pretoria, South Africa)
Meg Barnes, Dartmouth (Jr., M – Lawrenceville, N.J.)


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