Harvard vs. McGill
The matchup is the only one that precedes the regular season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Serving as the precursor to the regular season, Harvard women's hockey hosts McGill in an exhibition contest on Friday, Oct. 14 at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The matchup will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The First Line
• Sydney Daniels returns as the Crimson's top goal-scorer from a year ago with 21 shots finding the back of the net. Over the season's final 12 games, no returning player in the country scored more often than Daniels, who potted 14 during that time.
• Harvard returns 64.1 percent of its scoring from a year ago, led by 21 from Daniels and 10 from Grace Zarzecki. Lexie Laing tallied the most assists among returning skaters with 12 a year ago.
• The Crimson tallied the seventh-best scoring defense in the country a year ago, allowing only 1.84 goals per game. The total marked the fifth-straight year Harvard held opponents under two scores per outing.
• Harvard topped McGill by a 3-2 margin in an exhibition a year ago. Karly Heffernan, Haley Mullins and Grace Zarzecki found the back of the net to lead the offense.
Harvard was 13-0-1 in 2015-16 when scoring at least three goals, and is 35-1-1 since the start of the 2014-15 season when potting a trio of scores. The team last netted three against Colgate on Friday, Feb. 27 at Starr Rink.
Harvard went 12-2-2 in 2015-16 when a freshman tallied a point. Grace Zarzecki led all first-year skaters with 10 goals and 15 points, while defenseman Kaitlin Tse has tallied one goal and 10 assists.
The Bright-Landry Hockey Center has been one of the toughest venues in the country for opposing teams over the past few years, as Harvard has posted a 51-7-6 record at home over the past four seasons. Harvard is 25-3-3 at home since the start of 2014-15 and won 17 straight in Cambridge from March 1, 2014 to Feb. 10, 2015.
Harvard was ranked for 79 consecutive weeks by the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, a span covering four seasons. The Crimson fell out of the Jan. 18/19 polls for the first time since Oct. 15, 2012.
Making the trip south from Montreal, McGill is 4-5-0 on the season, and is yet to begin its conference action in the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ). The Martlets have faced a pair of NCAA opponents this season, earning victories over St. Lawrence and Vermont. Marie-Philip Lavoie leads the team with five goals, while Melodie Daoust has tallied a team-best six assists. Tricia Dequire leads the team between the pipes, posting a 2.00 goals-against average with a .922 save percentage.
Harvard has won five-straight exhibition contests against the Martlets, including a 3-2 decision a year ago.
Lacing up for an outdoor contest under the lights, Harvard will square off with Boston College at Fenway Park Jan. 10 as part of the 'Frozen Fenway' slate of games.
Harvard was slotted fifth in the preseason ECAC Hockey coaches' poll with 76 points. The top-five were in the same order as the standings from a year ago, with the Crimson trailing Quinnipiac, Clarkson, Princeton and Colgate in the rankings.
ECAC Hockey Preseason Poll
1. Quinnipiac (6), 114
2. Clarkson (4), 109
3. Princeton (2), 102
4. Colgate, 96
5. Harvard, 74
6. Cornell, 72
7. St. Lawrence, 68
8. Rensselaer, 48
9. Yale, 45
10. Dartmouth, 31
11. Brown, 19
12. Union, 14
With its first round pick in the 2016 Canadian Women's Hockey League Draft, the Calgary Inferno selected Emerance Maschmeyer '16. Canada's starting goaltender at the 2016 IIHF World Championships, Maschmeyer was widely regarded as one of the most-talented players in the draft.
New York, New York
The New York Riveters acquired a trio of Crimson skaters - both current and former - over the summer. A pair of offseason trades netted the team the draft rights to Miye D'Oench '16 and Michelle Picard '16, and the team separately used its second round selection on senior forward Sydney Daniels.
Harvard travels to Dartmouth for its season-opening clash on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. The puck drop will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.