|Harvard vs. Dartmouth
Oct. 20, 2017
Bright-Landry Hockey Center
NESNPlus | Ivy League Network
Bill Spaulding, Alex Thomas
Harvard leads, 45-43-3
W, 2-1 (Jan. 17, 2017)
Harvard | Dartmouth
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team will open both regular season and ECAC Hockey action this Friday, Oct. 20 at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network and NESNPlus.
Having lost six seniors to graduation, the Crimson has rebuilt its roster with an eight-member recruiting class, tied for the largest in head coach Katey Stone's 23 season tenure. In the exhibition contest against McGill, the Class of 2021 came off the bench with all cylinders firing, combining for three goals, five assists and eight points on the 15-point evening, including multi-point efforts from Becca Gilmore and Brooke Jovanovich.
In the last five seasons, Harvard has outscored Dartmouth 26-2 in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Last season, the Crimson sent the Big Green back to Hanover, N.H. with a 2-1 loss, after having beaten the squad 5-1 in the season opener at Thompson Arena. Dartmouth was the only series sweep for the Crimson during the 2016-17 campaign.
This season, 10 of Harvard's 14 home contests will be nationally televised on ESPN3, NESN or NESNPlus.
As of the start of the season, Harvard is slated to face five nationally ranked opponents and another two that are receiving votes. Last season, the Crimson forced overtime in six of 12 contests with ranked teams, including national champion Clarkson.
Despite not having played a regular season game, Harvard is getting looks from across the country in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Polls. After intermittent appearances during the first three weeks, Harvard garnered six and two votes respectively
The Big Green went 1-1 in preseason games last week, defeating Holy Cross, 3-2, in overtime on Friday before falling to McGill in the teams' annual exhibition game by a score of 7-2 on Sunday. Against the Crusaders, Cecilia Lopez scored a pair of goals, including the overtime winner just 37 seconds into the extra frame. Christina Rombaut scored Dartmouth's other goal. On Sunday, Morgan Turner, Kate Landers and Jennifer Costa teamed up for both the Green's goals in the loss. Christine Honor and Shannon Ropp both saw playing time between the pipes. Honor was in net for the first 28 minutes and had 10 saves, while Ropp played out the remainder of the game and recorded a career high 23 stops.
Earlier this summer, senior Lexie Laing was selected in the 2017 NWHL Draft by the Boston Pride. Laing was selected 12th overall in the third round, becoming the fifth player in program history to be drafted into the NWHL. Laing will join her sisters Denna and Brianna in the Boston Pride organization following the completion of her senior season at Harvard. The Marblehead, Mass. native returns to the lineup as the Crimson's leading scorer from 2016-17 (21 pts.)
This season, eight players on the Harvard roster hail from nations outside of the United States. The international contingent is the largest for the Crimson since the 2008-09 season, when nine of 24 players were of international origin. This season, Clarkson leads the ECAC with almost 70 percent of the roster coming from outside the U.S. Colgate, St. Lawrence and Princeton are also fielding a majority of international players, with 13, 12 and 10 players respectively. As a conference, 137 of 278 (.493) women's ECAC hockey players have crossed borders to play the college game.
Harvard held Dartmouth's number in 2016-17, going 2-0 and holding the Big Green to just one goal in each matchup. After a 5-1 rout in Hanover, Harvard topped the Big Green, 2-1, in Cambridge after goals from Kate Hallett and Kaitlin Tse.
Last season, Harvard was ahead or even with its opponent after the first period in 19 of 29 games. When leading after 40 minutes of play, the Crimson went 4-2-1.
Third Period Blitz
During the 2016-17 season, Harvard's offense took a step up during the thrid period, outshooting its opponents 298-266.
At The Helm
College women's hockey's all-time winningest coach, Katey Stone became the nation's first head coach to reach 450 career victories on Feb. 10, 2017. Harvard has tallied 11 Ivy titles, 14 Beanpot championships, seven ECAC Hockey crowns and one national championship under Stone's watch.
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The Crimson will hit the road for a two-game swing next weekend at Princeton and Quinnipiac.