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Women’s Hockey’s Begins 35th Season at Quinnipiac, Princeton

Laura Bellamy will serve as a co-captain of the 2012-13 Crimson (photo Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team opens its 35th season this weekend with visits to Quinnipiac and Princeton. The Crimson is one of three ECAC Hockey teams yet to begin the regular season, while the Bobcats and Tigers have played six and two games, respectively.

at Quinnipiac, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.

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at Princeton, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.
Baker Rink, Princeton, N.J.

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About Harvard
The Crimson returns several key players from last year's squad which finished with a 22-9-1 overall record. Harvard completed its 14th consecutive winning season last year before falling to St. Lawrence, 2-1 (OT), in the ECAC tournament's semifinal. The Crimson's top returner is senior Jillian Dempsey. This year's co-captain led the Crimson in goals (27) and assists (21) in 2011-12, barely ahead of fellow returner Lyndsey Fry. Fry's sophomore season saw her score 22 goals and add 20 assists for 42 points on the year. In goal, Harvard returns three-year starter Laura Bellamy, who has compiled a 46-23-6 record during her time in Cambridge.

In The Rankings
For the first time this season, Harvard is ranked in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls. The Crimson entered the fifth poll of the season at No. 9, while Minnesota (8-0-0) retained the top spot. The last time Harvard garnered a national ranking was Feb. 27 of last season when the squad stood at No. 8 in the country.

New Faces
Harvard brought in a talented group of seven freshmen to the 2012-13 squad. The most touted member of the class is Canadian goalie Emerance Maschmeyer. The newcomer has played in the Hockey Canada program, including two of Canada's three games against the USA in a U-22 series in Calgary, Alta., this August. "Emerance has the reputation of being solid and a big-time goaltender," said Harvard head coach Katey Stone. "We are looking for her to step in and create a great competition in the goaltending position." Along with Maschmeyer, the newest players on the Harvard roster are Dylanne Crugnale (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Miye D'Oench (New York, N.Y.), Abigail Harris (Bowling Green, Ohio), Jessica Harvey (Norfolk, N.Y.), Mary Parker (Milton, Mass.) and Molly Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ont.).

One Win Down
Harvard came out victorious in its first competition of the season, a scrimmage contest against McGill Oct. 20. The Crimson's first line of the game put Harvard up 1-0 on a Jillian Dempsey goal fed from Kalley Armstrong and the squad cruised to a 4-1 win. Dempsey ended the day with two goals, while Armstrong added three assists. Miye D'Oench and Samantha Reber also picked up tallies for Harvard. Laura Bellamy started the scrimmage in goal for the Crimson and made five saves in 33 minutes of shutout action. Emerance Maschmeyer relieved Bellamy and made seven saves, while allowing one goal, in 26 minutes between the pipes.

Coach Katey Stone
Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Hockey, is in her 19th season as Harvard's head coach, and she holds a 378-164-32 career  record, the most all-time victories in Division I women's hockey. Stone has led Harvard to all eight of its NCAA tournament appearances and was recently named the head coach of the United States women's hockey team for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

USA! USA!
Head coach Katey Stone is not the only Crimson with upcoming red, white and blue duties. Along with Stone, Michelle Picard and Lyndsey Fry will travel to Vantaa, Finland to take part in the Four Nations Cup Nov. 6-10. The trio will represent the USA in a tournament against Canada, Sweden and Finland. The four countries that battle for the Four Nations Cup account for all 16 medals ever won in the Olympics.

Coaches Pick
Harvard was picked by the league's coaches to finish in second place of ECAC Hockey this year, while gaining three first-place votes. Cornell was tops in the poll with nine first-place tallies and 109 points.

Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Cornell (9)  119
2. Harvard (3)  109
3. St. Lawrence  100
4. Clarkson 90
5. Dartmouth 86
6. Quinnipiac 71
7. Princeton 62
8. Rensselaer 46
9. Brown 40
10. Colgate 35
11. Union 22
12. Yale 12

Preseason Honors
The ECAC named Jillian Dempsey to its preseason all-conference team Sept. 17. Dempsey was a first-team All-ECAC selection last year after being named to the second team as a sophomore. She was an all-rookie honoree as a freshman. Last season, Dempsey was also a nominee for the ECAC Player of the Year award.

Preseason All-Conference
G-Erica Howe, Clarkson
D-Laura Fortino, Cornell
D-Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell
F-Kelly Babstock, Quinnipiac
F-Jillian Dempsey, Harvard
F-Brianne Jenner, Cornell

Harvard in Season Openers
The Crimson is 21-11-2 in season openers, including a 6-5-1 mark when its first game of the year is on the road. This year's contests will be the third time in Harvard's history that its season begins against Quinnipiac, as the Crimson is 2-0 when opening with the Bobcats. Harvard last opened with Quinnipiac in 2008 and came out with a 2-1 victory.

About Quinnipiac
The Bobcats (3-2-1) were riding a three-game winning streak before being tripped by Syracuse in their last outing Oct. 20. Quinnipiac won a pair of games over Maine (6-1, 5-2) and also defeated Syracuse (3-2 OT) in the first contest of the two-game set against the Orange. Junior Kelly Babstock is the squad's best offensive weapon, tallying nine goals and six assists in the first six games of the season. The Mississauga, Ont., native, who became Quinnipiac's all-time leader in goals, assists and points in only two seasons, leads the ECAC in points (15), goals (9) and plus/minus (+8) in 2012-13.

About Princeton
The Tigers (2-0) have started the season with wins over RIT and Robert Morris. Princeton nipped RIT, 2-1, behind a game-winning goal from junior Sally Butler in the third period, before an offensive outburst led to a 6-3 win at Robert Morris. Seniors Kelly Cooke and Corey Stearns each had four-point performances in the season's second contest. Freshman Kimberly Newell played both games in goal for the Tigers and enters the weekend with a 2.01 goals against average and .943 save percentage.  

Series History - Quinnipiac
Harvard has been dominant in the all-time series against Quinnipiac, gaining an 11-2-1 advantage since the two teams first played in 2005. Last season, the Crimson was 1-0-1 against the Bobcats.           

Series History - Princeton
The Crimson and Tigers have a long history with Harvard holding a 39-30-4 lead in the all-time series. A year ago, Harvard ended the Tigers' season with a 2-0 series sweep in the ECAC first round. The Crimson won game one, 5-3, before finishing the series with a 4-3 (OT) victory in game two. Overall, Harvard was 3-1-0 against the Tigers in 2011-12.  

Up Next
Harvard continues the season with three more road games, before its home opener Nov. 23 against Colgate. The Crimson will make trips to Brown (Nov. 2), Yale (Nov. 3) and Boston University (Nov. 18) in that span.