No. 12 Harvard Set for Final Four Battle Against No. 7 Northwestern
24 Nov 2021 | 09:22 | Field Hockey
PRINCETON, N.J. – No. 12 Harvard will continue its historic season and make its first trip to the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament Final Four when the Crimson face No. 7 Northwestern in the national semifinals on Friday, November 19 at 3 p.m. at Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The winner will advance to the championship game and take on the winner of No. 5 Maryland versus No. 9 Liberty. The title game is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. Ivies have advanced to the national championship to the title game four times in League history, with the most recent trip coming in 2019 when Princeton fell to three-time reigning national championship North Carolina.
Last weekend, No. 12 Harvard defeated No. 6 Louisville in double overtime in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament before taking down No. 2 Michigan in a shootout to earn a spot in the national semifinals. The Crimson’s win over the Wolverines marked the highest ranked opponent that the Crimson has beaten in program history.
Defensively, Harvard has established itself as one of the top in the nation, ranking first with a 0.36 goals-against average while shutting out 10 opponents throughout 2021. Senior defender Hannah Pearce, the 2021 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous First Team All-Ivy selection, is a critical part of the team’s defensive structure, while she also leads the team with 28 points on 13 goals and two assists.
On the other side of the ball, Harvard’s offense is ranked 10 with 2.50 assists per game and sixth with an average scoring margin of 1.82. The Crimson lead the country with a .944 winning percentage and carries a 12-game win streak into the national semifinal.
The Ivy League, which boasts 15 NCAA Tournament wins since 2012 and will send a team back to the Final Four for the fourth time since 2016 and 11th time in League history.