Harvard and Dartmouth are currently tied at 43 games apiece in the all-time series (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening the 2016-17 campaign on the road, Harvard women's hockey travels to Dartmouth for a 3 p.m. puck drop on Sunday, Oct. 23 at Thompson Arena. 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 helpers 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 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.
Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Harvard boasts a 43-19-8 record on the road, good for a .671 winning percentage.
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.
Dartmouth posted a 6-19-3 record in 2015-16, and opens its season on Friday against Northeastern before hosting the Crimson on Sunday. Laura Stacey led the Big Green a year ago with 23 points, while the team's leading scorer returns in Kennedy Ottenbreit. Robyn Chemago started 24 games in goal a year ago, posting a 2.30 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. At the last meeting between the Crimson and the Big Green, sophomores Karly Heffernan and Lexie Laing found the back of the net for Harvard in a 2-0 victory over the Big Green. Emerance Maschmeyer '16 earned the shutout in goal, making 23 stops to earn the victory. Harvard outshot the Big Green by a wide margin, 40-23.
Harvard is 43-43-4 all-time with the Big Green, and has split the season series in each of the past two years. Both teams protected their home ice in 2015-16.
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 was 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 hits the road to face ECAC foes Clarkson and St. Lawrence. The Crimson faces Clarkson Oct. 28 for a 3 p.m. puck drop at Cheel Arena. Harvard will play St. Lawrence Oct. 29 at the Appleton Arena at 3 p.m.