UConn Awaits No. 4/5 Women's Hockey for Tuesday Tilt
The Harvard women's hockey team looks to extend its 10-game unbeaten streak on Tuesday at Connecticut. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a lengthy seven-game homestand, the Harvard women's hockey team (10-1-2, 7-1-1) is set for its first road trip in nearly two months as the Crimson treks south to the University of Connecticut for a nonconference match-up with the Huskies (4-12-2, 1-4-1 WHEA).
The First Line
- Following nearly a month off, the Crimson shook off its rust with a 3-2 win over Northeastern on Saturday. After falling behind 1-0 to the Huskies – Harvard's first deficit in 10 games – Mary Parker got things back on track for the Crimson with a ledger-evening tally not even a minute later in the first period. Gina McDonald registered a shorthanded goal – Harvard's second this season – to give the home team a lead, but NU struck back in the third to tie everything at 2-2. Freshman Sydney Daniels netted the game winner, however, deflecting a Samantha Reber shot in with just over two minutes remaining to secure the win.
- After edging out Northeastern, Harvard maintains a grip on the nation's third-longest unbeaten streak at 10 games (8-0-2), just behind Wisconsin (16; 14-0-2) and Robert Morris (11; 10-0-1). The Crimson finished off a seven-game homestand with a 5-0-2 record, downing No. 9 Boston University, while tying No. 3 Cornell and No. 6 Boston College in the process.
- Tuesday's grapple will be Harvard's fifth against the Hockey East this season. The Crimson is 3-0-1 this season against the WHEA.
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- .@HarvardWHockey will face its fifth @Hockey_East opponent this season. The Crimson is 3-0-1 through its first four contests.
- .@HarvardWHockey and @UConnWHOC will meet for the 17th time on Tuesday. The Crimson holds a 13-3 all-time record vs. the Huskies.
Over the last three seasons, Harvard went 6-8-2 against its Hockey East foes, mostly consisting of its Boston-area rivals Boston College, Boston University and Northeastern. This season, the Crimson is a strong 3-0-1 against its nonconference opponents, besting then-No. 9 BU, New Hampshire and Northeastern, while narrowly tying then-No. 6 BC, all at Bright-Landry. Including Tuesday's showdown with UConn, Harvard will have three more chances to face the WHEA with the Beanpot taking center stage on Feb. 4 and 11.
Hustling with the Huskies
Entering the midweek tussle with a 4-12-2 overall record, UConn is currently on a six-game losing slide after dropping a pair to Princeton to open up 2014. The Huskies fell 4-1 on Thursday and 1-0 in overtime on Friday to the Tigers in New Jersey. The extra hockey on Friday was the fifth overtime the Huskies have played in, having gone 2-2-1 in those contests. All of UConn's victories have come in the comforts of the Freitas Center, as the Huskies own a 4-4-0 record at home.
Junior Sarah MacDonnell and sophomore Michela Cava represent the top-two point earners for UConn through 18 games this season, each grabbing 15 points. MacDonnell (6-9-15) is tied with junior Kayla Campero (6-6-12) for the most scores, while Cava leads the squad with 10 assists.
UConn has a penchant for rotating a pair of netminders this season, between Sarah Moses and Elaine Chuli. While both have started nine games, Moses has seen more time, stopping 318 shots, while letting 33 through. Chuli, who is coming off a 33-save performance in the tight overtime loss on Friday, has 295 on the year, allowing 32 goals.
The Series with UConn
Winners of the last three meetings in the series, Harvard owns a 13-3 overall record against Connecticut since the two first played in 1979. After downing the Huskies, 8-1, in 2011-12, the Crimson followed up with a 5-1 win last season, thanks to Jillian Dempsey's two-goal performance. Including this year, Harvard has been ranked in 10 of the now 17 games in the series.