CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard's women's hockey schedule, which the Crimson hopes will prepare itself for a second-straight NCAA tournament appearance, is now available. The season features a 29-game regular-season slate highlighted by the ECAC schedule and the 36th annual Beanpot tournament, hosted at Boston College.
Harvard winter season tickets go on sale in mid-August, and single game tickets will be on sale in early September. All youth 12 and under will be admitted free to all home women's hockey games. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets online at GoCrimson.com/tickets to save $5 off of game day prices.
Maura Crowell, the Interim Head Coach, will guide the Crimson through its schedule for the first time after spending three years as an assistant. Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, will serve as Team USA's head coach at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
After starting the year with a scrimmage against McGill Oct. 19, Harvard will play its first regular season games at Bright Hockey Center against Quinnipiac on Oct. 25 and Princeton on Oct. 26. Road trips to RPI (Nov. 1) and Union (Nov. 2) and the North Country (Nov. 8-9) will be next, before the Crimson host seven-straight games at Bright from Nov. 15-Jan. 4. The home stand will be a challenging one as three NCAA tournament teams from 2013, including national runner-up Boston University, visit Cambridge.
The Crimson heads back on the road Jan. 7 for a nonconference matchup at Connecticut. Harvard then plays its next eight games against ECAC foes, until the first round of the Beanpot at Boston College Feb. 4. The Crimson plays the 5 p.m. game of the Beanpot against Northeastern before BC and BU battle in the 7 p.m. semifinal. The winners will play for the tournament's title on Feb. 11, after the losing teams play in a consolation game. Last season, Harvard finished third in the Beanpot after shutting out Boston University, 3-0, in the consolation game. All of the field's four teams will once again be contenders for top-10 rankings in 2013-14.
Harvard finishes the season with four-straight ECAC games, including Yale on Feb. 21 and Brown on Feb. 22.
In addition to the regular season, the Crimson will look for its 17th-straight ECAC Hockey tournament appearance and second-consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. Last year, Harvard ended the year 24-7-3 overall and 17-3-2 in ECAC Hockey play. The Crimson shared the Ivy League title with Cornell, was runner-up at the ECAC tournament and advanced to the NCAA bracket, before falling at Boston College, 3-1, to end the season.
The Crimson return 14 former players to the 2013-14 roster, while Michelle Picard, Josephine Pucci and Lyndsey Fry will serve as members of the U.S. Olympic roster. Highlighting the returners are ECAC Hockey tournament MVP Emerance Maschmeyer and Kalley Armstrong, the reigning ECAC Best Defensive Forward award winner.