Harvard brings a 9-4-2 road record to Boston College next weekend (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team, which finished second at the ECAC tournament Sunday afternoon, will make the short trip to No. 4-seed Boston College March 16 at 1 p.m. for an NCAA tournament first-round game, the NCAA announced tonight. The Crimson makes the tournament field of eight for the first time since 2010 and ninth time in program history.
Harvard, which has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the country during the 2012-13 season, will meet Hockey East foe Boston College for the second time this season. The Crimson dropped a 2-1 decision to the Eagles Feb. 5 in the first round of the Beanpot. Mary Parker gave Harvard a 1-0 lead in the third period of the two teams' first meeting, but two Boston College tallies in the final 12:38 downed the Crimson. Emerance Maschmeyer made a career-high 34 saves in the outing.
The Crimson has depended on stingy defensive play and a talented offensive group, that includes Patty Kazmaier award top-10 finalistsJillian Dempsey, to earn an at-large spot in the tournament. Dempsey leads Harvard with 45 points on 24 goals and 21 assists and also ranks No. 9 in program history with 148 career points. The defense, led by Maschmeyer, the Ivy Rookie of the Year and ECAC Defender of the Year finalist Sarah Edney, is ranked No. 2 in the country with a 1.15 goals-against average. Maschmeyer has gone 3-1 in ECAC postseason play and was named the ECAC tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
BC has posted 4.40 goals per game, the No. 2 mark in the country, to finish in second place of Hockey East. Sophomore Alex Carpenter leads the Eagles, which also earned an at-large bid, with 68 points on 31 goals and 27 assists. Freshman Haley Skarupa has also produced 50 points this season with 23 goals and 27 helpers. In net, senior Corrine Boyles is 21-4-1 with a .925 save percentage and 1.82 goals-against average.
The winner between Harvard and BC will advance to the NCAA Women's Frozen Four in Minneapolis, Minn., March 22-24. The Crimson or Eagles will meet the winner of No. 1 Minnesota and North Dakota, which take to the ice in the first round at the same site as the Frozen Four.
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