BOSTON – The Harvard women's hockey team enjoyed its annual year-end banquet at the Harvard Club of Boston on April 19. Interim Head Coach Maura Crowell led the event which featured awards, senior presentations and team slideshows and videos.
Crowell presented three awards at the banquet after a brunch with players, staff and friends of the program, and also named next year's captains. Both Sarah Edney and Emerance Maschmeyer were named the Most Valuable Players, while Miye D'Oench earned herself the Most Improved Player Award and senior Elizabeth Parker was given the Dooley Award, presented to the player who best combines sportsmanship, enthusiasm and devotion to hockey in honor of former coach John Dooley. Kalley Armstrong, Josephine Pucci and Michelle Picard were named captains for the 2014-15 season at the conclusion of the event.
Edney and Maschmeyer shared the MVP award after terrific seasons in their own rights. Edney, a junior defenseman, was a Second Team All-ECAC and First Team All-Ivy honoree, and established herself as one of the premier blue liners in the region by bringing home a New England All Star nod. The Mississauga, Ontario, also displayed bouts of offensive firepower with 25 points on the year (7-18—25). Maschmeyer, who finished her sophomore campaign as one of the Crimson's most highly decorated players by being named an All-American, the ECAC Goaltender of the Year, Co-Ivy Player of the Year and was the only netminder to be named a Patty Kazmaier Top-10 Finalist. Together, Edney and Maschmeyer helped to anchor one of the nation's best defenses in nearly every category.
As one of the Crimson's most electric skaters this season, D'Oench jumped from 13 points in her freshman season to a team-best 39 as a sophomore, earning First Team All-Ivy and Third Team All-ECAC honors along the way. D'Oench led the charge for the Crimson attack with her career-best output of 39 points, scoring 21 goals and adding 18 assists on the top line.
Elizabeth Parker was honored with the Dooley Award following her senior season. Parker, along with fellow senior Gina McDonald, led the way in terms of veteran leadership on and off the ice. Parker shared a line with her sister, Mary Parker, for all of this season, and contributed five goals and nine assists for 14 points.
Armstrong, Pucci and Picard will take over as captains this season and look to guide the Crimson to its third NCAA tournament in as many seasons. All three captains were missing from the bench last season, Pucci and Picard, along with Lyndsey Fry and The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey Katey Stone, were members of Team USA in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, this winter. Picard is returning to the ice for her junior season, while Armstrong and Pucci headline a deep, seven-member senior class in 2014-15.