The Rutgers field hockey team has earned a bid to compete in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2021. The Scarlet Knights (15-2, 6-2) will face off against Harvard in the first round of the tournament on Friday.
No. 8 Harvard has had a successful season, as it won the Ivy League Tournament and went undefeated in conference play. The Crimson are also on a 10-game winning streak.
Harvard has had a high-powered attack this year, scoring the second-most goals in the Ivy League.
The Crimson are just as strong on defense and have conceded the fewest goals in the Ivy League. Much of this can be attributed to goalkeeper Tessa Shahbo. Shahbo has a save percentage of .709 and holds a conference-leading goals-against average of 1.12.
Rutgers holds an overall record of 3-4 in the NCAA Tournament in its five appearances.
The Knights have had an impressive season, winning against seven ranked opponents and setting a program record of 15 consecutive victories.
Rutgers has been awarded several personal accolades due to its record-breaking season.
Redshirt senior back Iris Langejans was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, becoming only the second member of the program to win the award. Langejans has started every game this season and has helped lead the backline.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Sophia Howard has been solid between the posts with a save percentage of .764 in 19 starts. Howard spoke about the Knights' bid to play in the NCAA Tournament.
"We're really excited to get on the road and get down there, play our best. We're really grateful for the opportunity," Howard said.
The contest between Rutgers and Harvard will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Friday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
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