Women’s Hockey Picked to Repeat as Champions in ECAC Preseason Poll

Women’s Hockey Picked to Repeat as Champions in ECAC Preseason Poll

Harvard landed four student-athletes on the preseason all-conference team (Elan Kawesch).

ALBANY, N.Y. – Led by four selections to the preseason All-ECAC team, Harvard women's hockey was picked to repeat as ECAC champions in the preseason coaches' poll. The Crimson garnered eight of the 12 first-place votes.

Seniors Miye D'Oench, Emerance Maschmeyer, Mary Parker and Michelle Picard were selected to the preseason All-ECAC team, joining Erin Ambrose and Cayley Mercer from Clarkson.

D'Oench tallied a team-high 19 goals and 33 points last season, and was named to the ECAC All-Tournament team after beating the goaltender in each of Harvard's four games leading into the NCAA Tournament. The senior enters the year in 18th-place on the all-time Harvard goals list.

Maschmeyer, a Patty Kazmaier Award nominee in 2014-15, was the ECAC preseason choice as the top goaltender for the second year in a row. A third team All-ECAC and first team All-Ivy selection a year ago, Maschmeyer's .941 save percentage is tied for the best mark in the history of Harvard women's hockey. She is 294 saves from breaking the all-time Harvard career record.

Parker led the Crimson with 39 points a year ago, scoring 17 goals with 22 assists. Named to the All-ECAC second team and All-Ivy first team last season, Parker was a finalist for the ECAC Forward of the Year award. She enters 2015-16 30th on the all-time points list.

Picard earns preseason All-ECAC honors for the second-straight season after anchoring one of the top defenses in the country a year ago. The senior tallied two goals and 15 assists in 2014-15 while recording a team best plus-33 while on the ice.

The Crimson returns to the ice this winter after reaching the NCAA Championship game in 2015 while posting a 27-6-3 overall record. Harvard opens the 2015-16 season with an ECAC contest on the road at Dartmouth on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

Preseason Coaches' Poll:

1. Harvard   118 (8)
2. Clarkson   113 (3)
3. Quinnipiac      94
4. Cornell       87 (1)
5. St. Lawrence 81
6. Princeton        76
7. Dartmouth     62
8. Yale                   55
9. Colgate            40
10. Rensselaer   33
11. Union             19
12. Brown            14

Preseason All-Conference Team:

G - Emerance Maschmeyer, Harvard
D - Erin Ambrose, Clarkson
D - Michelle Picard, Harvard
F - Miye D'Oench, Harvard
F - Cayley Mercer, Clarkson
F - Mary Parker, Harvard