The Crimson looks for a return to the league championship game in 2011-12 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's ice hockey team will welcome five freshmen to its roster in preparation for the 2011-12 season, Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, announced Monday. The class of 2015 is comprised of two defenders, two forwards and a goalie.
The quintet of freshmen will look to help the Crimson get back to the NCAA tournament after just missing out in 2010-11. Last year's squad earned a berth in the ECAC Tournament semifinals and had five players earn All-ECAC Hockey accolades.
Here's a look at the class of 2015:
Hillary Crowe, Freshman, Forward, 5-11, Eden Prairie, Minn./The Blake School
Four-year member of the hockey team and also played soccer and lacrosse at The Blake School … Captained soccer, hockey and lacrosse teams as a senior … Received the Athena Award as a senior as The Blake School's Outstanding Female Athlete … Received all-conference accolades all four years with hockey team … Two-time all-metro and all-state pick … Named team Most Valuable Forward as a junior and senior … Led team to state championship in 2009, scoring the winning goal in the championship game … Top 10 Ms. Hockey finalist as a senior … 2009 member of USA Hockey development camp all-star team … A two-time all-state lacrosse pick and three-time lacrosse state champion … Two-time recipient of the Dean's Recognition Award … Enjoys wake surfing, snowboarding and kayaking … Father, Kyle Crowe, played football at Iowa and led team to Big Ten title in 1986.
Katey Stone on Crowe: "Hillary is a shifty forward with great hands and an ability to put the puck in the net."
Sarah Edney, Freshman, Defense, 5-6, Mississauga, Ont./Our Lady of Mount Carmel SS
Three-year member of varsity hockey team at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and also played varsity flag football, softball and track and field … Served as assistant captain of the hockey team as a junior … Captained Team Canada Under-18 squad in 2011 and led team to silver medal at Women's World U18 Championship … Team Ontario U18 team captain in 2011 and helped squad to silver medal at Canada Games … Also captain of club team, Mississauga Junior Chiefs, and led team to gold and silver medals in provincial championships … Named Mississauga Female High School Athlete of the Year in 2010-11 … Named junior and senior Student Athlete of the Year and hockey team MVP in 2010 … Enjoys running, swimming, triathlons and playing the piano.
Katey Stone on Edney: "She is a smart, aggressive defenseman with excellent fundamentals and vision."
Michelle Picard, Freshman, Defense, 5-6, Taunton, Mass./Noble & Greenough School
Four-year member of the hockey team and three-year member of the softball team at Noble & Greenough … Served as captain of both teams as a senior … Also captained the U.S. National Women's Under-18 Team in 2011 … 2011 Nobles Shield recipient for hockey and two-time all-conference selection … Received the Newell Hockey Cup as a senior … Led hockey team to four league championships and regional titles in 2008 and '09 … Captured a silver medal with U.S. U18 team at 2010 Women's Ice Hockey World Championships and a gold medal in 2011 … Three-time all-conference softball pick and led team to league championships in 2009 and '10 … Academic distinction all four years of high school and 2010 Harvard Book Club Award recipient … Enjoys hiking and camping.
Katey Stone on Picard: "Michelle is a smart, seasoned blueliner with an aggressive dynamic to her game and is extremely versatile."
Tiana Press, Freshman., Goalie, 5-6, Minnetonka, Minn./St. Margaret's
Lettered all four years as a hockey player at St. Margaret's … Served as team captain as a junior and senior … Posted an 18-3-1 record as a senior goalie, including back-to-back shutouts in the first two rounds of the 2011 section playoffs … Recorded a 1.24 goals-against average in senior season … One of five finalists for the Let's Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year award … Selected to the all-conference team twice … Led the North Suburban Conference in save percentage in three of her four years … An all-state hockey pick as a junior … National Honor Society member and volunteer at Andrea Miller Foundation … Father, Tom Press, wrestled at Minnesota and was a U.S. Olympic team member.
Katey Stone on Press: Tiana is a competitor between the pipes and is technically strong."
Samantha Reber, Freshman, Forward, 5-9, Edina, Minn./Edina
Four-year letterwinner on Edina hockey team and three-year member of soccer team … Served as captain of both teams as a senior … A four-year all-conference hockey selection and Best Offensive Player pick in 2008 … Three-time national camp attendee and national camp all-star game member in 2008 and 2010 … Two-time all-state honoree and named to all-state tournament team three times … Top 10 Ms. Hockey finalist as a senior … Led Edina to first appearance in state high school tournament in team history … Four-time honor roll student and recipient of the George Eastman Young Leaders Award … Edina Academic Scholar and Athletic Scholar in 2011 … Father, Bill Reber, played hockey at Vermont and was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings … Brother, Josh, played hockey at Colby and brother, Matt, played hockey at Dartmouth and currently plays for the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL.
Katey Stone on Reber: "She is a speedy forward with good vision of the ice."