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No. 6/7 Women's Hockey Travels to ECAC Semifinals; Games to Air on ESPN3

The Crimson celebrates its sweep of Dartmouth during last weekend's ECAC quarterfinals (photo Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard travels to Ithaca, N.Y., for the ECAC semifinals March 9-10. Harvard, the tournament's No. 3 seed, will face off against No. 2 seed Clarkson in the second semifinal game. In the first matchup of the day No. 1 Cornell, the weekend's host, sees No. 5 St. Lawrence.

What's at Stake? (ECAC Page)
The ECAC Hockey Tournament winner will be granted an automatic berth into the eight-team NCAA tournament field. The NCAA tournament is set to begin on March 15 with the Frozen Four taking place on March 22-24 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Follow From Home
All three tournament games will be broadcast live on ESPN3. The ESPN3 platform is available in more than 83 million households nationwide to fans who receive their Internet or video subscription from an affiliated provider. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members. For more on the ESPN3 broadcast, click here.

Also, follow @HarvardCrimson and @HarvardWHockey on Twitter for updates from the games. 

Scouting the Crimson
The Crimson (21-5-3, 17-3-2 ECAC) has relied on strong defensive play to get to 20+ wins for the second consecutive year and eighth time in the last 11 seasons. Harvard's goaltending tandem of senior Laura Bellamy and freshman Emerance Maschmeyer has helped the Crimson to the second-ranked defense in the country, allowing only 1.10 goals per game. Maschmeyer had a pair of shutouts last weekend against Dartmouth to propel Harvard to the semifinals.

Offensively, Jillian Dempsey paces the Crimson with 43 points on 23 goals and 20 assists. Dempsey is 11th in the country in goals per game with 0.74. Lyndsey Fry, who has tallied 16 goals, including two in her last outing, and 19 assists, is Harvard's second leading scorer.

Last Time Out (Recap | Box Score)
Harvard swept two games from visiting Dartmouth by 3-0 and 4-0 scores last weekend. Freshman goalie Emerance Maschmeyer was the star of the series, shuting out the Big Green with 21 and 18 saves at Bright Hockey Center. Lyndsey Fry scored the first two goals for Harvard in the second game of the series.



Scouting Clarkson (Team Page)
Led by junior Carly Mercer and senior Hailey Wood, Clarkson has set a new program record for wins and is up to No. 5 in the latest polls. The Golden Knights are riding a five-game winning streak, including a two-game sweep of RPI in the ECAC quarterfinals. Clarkson won 3-2 (OT), on a Mercer tally, and 5-2 against the Engineers.

Series History - Clarkson 

Harvard is 16-7-2 all-time against Clarkson. The Crimson had won three straight in the series before the Golden Knights downed Harvard Jan. 25.

This Season vs. Clarkson
Clarkson is the only team to have beaten Harvard twice this season. The Golden Knights won by 3-1 tallies Jan. 25 in the North Country and Feb. 23 at Harvard's Bright Hockey Center. Carly Mercer has been Harvard's biggest nemisis this season, as she scored three goals in the first meeting and the first goal in the Feb. 23 game.

One of the Greats
Katey Stone became the first coach in women's college hockey history to reach 400 wins. She now sits at 401 and is one of just six coaches in all of college hockey to have 400+ wins at one school in the last 20 years. The others are Red Berenson (Michigan), Jerry York (BC), Jack Parker (BU), Richard Umile (UNH) and George Gwozdehy (Denver).


Patty Kaz

Jillian Dempsey has been named one of ten finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. The list, which features four players from Minnesota, will be cut to three March 7 and the winner will be announced March 23. The only other ECAC player in the mix is Cornell's Brianne Jenner.

Related Link: Dempsey Named Top-10 Finalist for Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award

Rookie of the Year
Freshman goalie Emerance Maschmeyer headlined a group of seven Harvard players that were recognized with postseason awards by the Ivy League, the conference announced Thursday. Maschmeyer was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, while six others were honored as All-Ivy. Maschmeyer became the first goalie to win the conference's rookie of the year award since 1995 after being one of the best goaltenders in the country during the regular season. 

Related Link: Maschmeyer Named Ivy Rookie of the Year; Six Crimson Named All-Ivy

Spurling Saves the Best for Last
Kaitlin Spurling has scored a point in six of her last seven games. It is the senior's best run of her career.

Up Next
The Crimson hopes to receive a bid to the NCAA tournament, which will begin next weekend. Eight teams make the women's hockey field with the top four advancing to the Frozen Four held in Minneapolis, Minn. The NCAA selection will be aired on NCAA.com at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 10.