Laura Bellamy More Than an On-Ice Star

Bellamy has been a mentor to students and athletes in the Cambridge community (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's ice hockey captain Laura Bellamy was featured by today for her leadership and community efforts. The senior is involved in a number of volunteer initiatives as well as being one of the top goalies in the nation.

"I started to develop the community service aspect back in high school," said Bellamy, who was a finalist for the 2012 ECAC Student-Athlete of the Year award. "Since I helped with the transition of underclassmen to high school, I felt it was natural to continue that in college once I got into position to do it. I also worked with the Cambridge After School Program and that had a tremendous effect on me."

Bellamy has been one of the toughest goalies in Division I to score on this season as she currently holds the top spot in goals-against average at 0.67 while splitting time with freshman Emerance Maschmeyer.  "It definitely reminds me of the day I was a freshman and Christina Kessler was a senior," said Bellamy about leading the freshmen. "I've taken a lot of what I learned from [Christina Kessler] and tried to show both Emerance and Molly Tissenbaum that the harder we work in practice, the stronger we become as goalies and as a team. I might be the senior of the group, but both Emerance and Molly have taught me a lot as well in the process."

The Duluth, Minn., native also ranks second in save percentage (.964) and fifth in winning percentage (.833). She has registered three shutouts in six starts to climb to No. 2 in Harvard's all-time charts with 17 career clean sheets.

The Crimson is in the midst of three straight weeks off from competitive action. The squad resumes the regular season January 4 at Union, followed by a contest at Rensselaer Jan. 5. Harvard's next home game will be Jan. 11-12 when Princeton and Quinnipiac visit Bright Hockey Center.

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