Since helping inaugurate intercollegiate competition more than 150 years ago, Harvard has become synonymous with excellence in athletics and academics. The Crimson boasts one of the oldest and most successful women’s hockey programs in America with 13 Beanpots, eight Ivy League titles, five ECAC Hockey tournament championships and seven NCAA tournament appearances in addition to the 1999 AWCHA national championship.
Harvard is universally regarded as the top academic institution in America and also has the highest graduation rate (approximately 98 percent).
Harvard students are regular individuals who come from all corners of the country and the world. With Harvard’s diverse student body and metropolitan environment, Black Enterprise ranks it as one of the nation’s top colleges and universities for African-Americans.
Harvard fields the largest Division I athletic program in America with 41 Division I varsity sports. Sports Illustrated placed Harvard in the top 45 of “America’s Best Division I Sports Colleges,” the only Ivy League school to appear in the top 50.
Boston is the unrivaled “College Town, USA” with more colleges and universities than any metropolitan area in the country. The Sporting News dubbed it the nation’s best sports town in 2002, ’04 and ’05.
The fourth coach in program history, Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, is now 378-164-32 at the helm of Harvard women’s ice hockey, making her the winningest coach in Division I women's ice hockey history. In 18 seasons behind the bench, Stone has maintained the rich history and tradition of the Harvard hockey program, leading the Crimson to 10 Beanpot championships, five Ivy League titles, six ECAC Hockey regular-season titles, five ECAC tournament crowns, eight NCAA tournament appearances, three NCAA championship-game appearances and the 1999 AWCHA national title.
Harvard has 34 seasons of women’s hockey history under its belt and further cements itself as one of the top programs in the nation with each passing year. The 2008-09 version of the Crimson added to that legacy by capturing the Ivy League and ECAC regular-season titles en route to a No. 9 ranking in the final national polls of the season.
Nine Harvard players have represented either Canada or the United States at the Olympics since women’s hockey was introduced at the 18th Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Caitlin Cahow ’07-08 (bronze medal in 2006, silver in 2010), Julie Chu ’06-07 (silver in 2002 and 2010, bronze in 2006), Jamie Hagerman (bronze in 2006), A.J. Mleczko ’97-99 (gold in 1998 and silver in 2002), Angela Ruggiero ’02-04 (gold in 1998, silver in 2002 and 2010 and bronze in 2006) and Sandra Whyte ’92 (gold in 1998) have suited up for Team USA. Meanwhile, Jennifer Botterill ’02-03 (silver in 1998, gold in 2002, 2006 and 2010), Tammy Shewchuck ’00-01 (gold in 2002) and Sarah Vaillancourt ’08-09 (gold in 2006 and 2010) have played for Team Canada.
Patty Kazmaier Award
Since its inception in 1998, Harvard players have captured six of the 14 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Awards, annually presented to the best player in women’s intercollegiate hockey. A.J. Mleczko ’97-99 was the 1999 Kazmaier recipient. Jennifer Botterill ’02-03 earned the award in 2001 and ’03, making her the only two-time winner in the history of the award. Angela Ruggiero ’02-04 was the 2004 Kazmaier Award winner, and Julie Chu ’06-07 won the award in 2007. Sarah Vaillancourt ’08-09 was the recipient of the highest honor in women’s college hockey in 2008.