No. 13/14 Men's Ice Hockey Set for NCAA Northeast Regional Opener Against UMass

Zach Webster / Harvard Athletics
Zach Webster / Harvard Athletics

Harvard will make its 25th appearance in the NCAA Tournament as the Crimson takes on Massachusetts in Manchester, N.H. 

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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- 
The No. 13/14 Harvard men's ice hockey team (19-10-3) will make its 25th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, as the Crimson will travel to Manchester, New Hampshire as the No. 4 seed in the Northeast Regional to take on No. 1 seed Massachusetts (28-9-0). Harvard will head to SNHU Arena to take on the Minutemen on Friday, March 29. The game will air live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. The second game of the Northeast Regional will feature second seed Clarkson and third seed Notre Dame at 6:30 p.m. The winners of those contests will play on Saturday (March 30) at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU. 

How to Follow
NCAA Tournament Northeast Regional Semifinal
No. 4 Harvard vs. No. 1 Massachusetts
March 29, 2019 - 3 pm

Broadcast: UMass (ESPN2/WatchESPN)
Live Stats: UMass
Twitter: @HarvardMHockey 
Game Notes: Harvard

What to Know
• Harvard will appear in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the last five seasons and for the sixth time under the leadership of Ted Donato. Harvard leads the all-time series against UMass, 6-1-1, with the two teams last meeting in Amherst on Dec. 2, 2011, a 4-4 (OT) tie. This will mark Harvard's first time playing an NCAA Tournament game in Manchester, and the Crimson's first NCAA appearance since its run to the 2017 Frozen Four, two seasons ago.

• Harvard advanced to the ECAC Hockey semifinals in Lake Placid for the fifth consecutive season, becoming the third team in the last decade to make five straight appearances at the league's championship weekend, joining Quinnipiac (2013-17) and Cornell (2008-12). Last Friday (March 22), the Crimson comeback effort fell just short in a 5-2 loss to Clarkson at Herb Brooks Arena in a ECAC Hockey semifinal contest. First-years Wyllum Deveaux and Jack Rathbone scored for Harvard and junior defenseman Adam Fox had two assists.

• Junior defenseman Adam Fox (nine goals, 39 assists), a Hobey Baker Award Top 10 finalist, the 2019 Walter Brown Award winner, ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, ECAC Hockey First Team and Ivy League Player of the Year selection, is having a historically great season as one of the top blue liners in the nation. He is the top scoring player and defenseman (per game) in the country with 1.50 points per game. He leads ECAC Hockey with a plus-26 rating. This past weekend Fox broke the school record for points by a Harvard defenseman in one season, set by Mark Fusco '83, who had 46 points (13-33-46) in 1982-83. He has a chance to become the first defenseman in Division 1 college hockey to reach 50 points since Brendan Smith (Wisconsin) had 52 points in 2009-10. A native of Jericho, N.Y., Fox became the fourth defenseman in Harvard history to reach 100 career points, joining Fusco (135 points), Mark Benning '87 (111 points), and Randy Taylor '87 (102 points). He is the first junior defenseman in college hockey to reach 100 points since Justin Schultz (Wisconsin) in 2011-12.

• The Crimson features one of the most talented groups of offensive defensemen in the nation. Harvard defensemen are second in the country with an average of 3.62 points per game, recording 116 points (31 goals, 85 assists) in 32 games. Three of Harvard's top six scorers are blue liners - Adam Fox (nine goals, 39 assists), Reilly Walsh (12 goals, 19 assists), and Jack Rathbone (seven goals, 15 assists).

• UMass in many ways mirrors Harvard - the Minutemen are led by Hobey finalist Cale Makar, who has 46 points (15-31-46) from the blue line. UMass has the No. 3 scoring offense (3.76 goals per game), and the No. 2 power play (28.7%) in the country. The Hockey East regular season champions have two 40-point producers up front in Jacob Pritchard (16-29-45) and Mitchell Chaffee (17-24-41). Matt Murray (20-5-0, 2.16 GAA, .916) and Filip Lindberg (8-3-0, 1.67 GAA, .932) have split time in net.

Ted Donato '91, The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey
Following success as a player at the collegiate, professional and international levels, Ted Donato has begun piling up a long list of accomplishments as head coach at his alma mater. The former Crimson captain has guided Harvard to four 20-win seasons, captured ECAC Hockey and Ivy League championships, claimed six NCAA tournament berths, a Frozen Four appearance, led his team to six ECAC Hockey championship games, and coached 10 All-Americans and 12 National Hockey Leaguers. As a player at Harvard he was named the 1989 MVP of the Frozen Four during the Crimson's national title run. Drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1987, Donato played 796 games over 13 NHL seasons. His career in the NHL commenced after he competed on the 1992 USA Olympic team where he scored four goals and three assists in eight games.