The Harvard women's hockey team will start its quest for a 14th Beanpot title on Tuesday vs. Northeastern. (Photo Courtesy of Elan Kawesch)
The Opening Faceoff
With a six-game unbeaten streak in its back pocket, the No. 3/5 Harvard women's hockey team is set for the first round of the 35th Beanpot, one of the longest-running women's tournaments in all of college sports. The Crimson (17-2-3, 13-2-2 ECAC) will square off with Northeastern (12-12-2, 8-6-2 WHEA) on Tuesday in the hopes of playing for its 14th Beanpot title.
The First Line
- The Crimson is coming off a 1-0-1 weekend on the road in conference play after a 3-2 win at Princeton and a grueling 2-2 tie at No. 9/9 Quinnipiac on Saturday. Mary Parker led the Crimson attack with three points over the two days, notching an assist and the game-winning goal against the Tigers, while offering up the tying score against the Bobcats the next day. In net, Emerance Maschmeyer was solid for the Crimson, coming up with 52 saves to just four goals allowed.
- Former Crimson Lauren McAuliffe '04, a four-time letterwinner and a captain of the squad in 2003-04, will be inducted into the Beanpot Hall of Fame on Tuesday following the game between the Crimson and Huskies. McAuliffe was a member of three Harvard NCAA Tournament teams and four Beanpot championships during her time in Cambridge. In 2009, McAuliffe served as interim head coach at Northeastern University while head coach Dave Flint was with Team USA as an assistant coach for the 2010 Olympics.
- Riding a six-game unbeaten streak for the second time this year, Harvard recently moved up to its highest position in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. The Crimson currently occupies the No. 3 spot in the country, just behind unanimous No. 1 Minnesota and No. 2 Wisconsin.
Follow @HarvardCrimson, the official Twitter handle of Harvard Athletics, for all the latest news and notes on your favorite Crimson student-athletes and teams. Fans also are encouraged to follow @HarvardWHockey for all things Harvard women's hockey. Use the hashtag #GoCrimson to see what fans are saying about Crimson athletics.
- .@HarvardWHockey, which is currently on a six-game unbeaten streak, sits at #3 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll, its highest all year.
- .@HarvardWHockey looks for its 14th Beanpot title in program history.
- Sophomore @Me_yay_doench leads @HarvardWHockey in both goals scored (12), total points (20), while @Hillcrowee leads with 4 GWG.
- This will be the first neutral site game for the Crimson this season, but Harvard is 7-1-1 away from Bright-Landry this season.
- Harvard has played some close games recently, but the Crimson has proved if it can notch three goals, the puck will bounce its way. Harvard is unbeaten this year (13-0-1) when scoring three goals or more.
- The Crimson has notched the game's first tally 15 times this season, and is unbeaten when doing so, going 13-0-2 in those contests.
- Harvard, which is coming off a gritty 2-2 decision at No. 9/9 Quinnipiac, has three ties on the season and is currently 2-0 during games after its draws.
- This will be the sixth game for the Crimson against a Hockey East opponent; Harvard is 4-0-1 against the WHEA this year, including a win over Northeastern on Jan. 4.
Harvard In Sochi
The Harvard women's hockey team is well represented in this year in the Olympic Games. Along side head coach Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, Julie Chu '06-07 and three current players, Lyndsey Fry, Michelle Picard and Josephine Pucci, are all donning the Red, White and Blue of the United States in Sochi.
To highlight these Harvard ties during the Games, GoCrimson.com will have all the recent news, stats, scores and updates from Team USA and its Crimson alums, all in once place at Harvard In Sochi.
Scouting the Huskies
Riding a hot streak of its own, Northeastern enters the Tuesday evening showdown with a 12-12-2 record overall, having won five in a row. Most recently, the Huskies took a pair from Maine, 4-3 and 8-2, before downing Vermont, 4-2, all at Matthews Arena.
A trio of Huskies have hit the 20-point mark this season, led by senior Kelly Wallace. She leads the team with 14 goals, adding 10 assists for a team-best 24 points. Paige Savage (6-16-22) and Katie MacSorely (13-7-20) have followed suit in providing a dynamic spark for Northeastern, especially recently during its five-game win streak.Starting 25 games so far this year is Chloe Desjardins, who has padded away 713 shots (.922 save percentage) and allowed 60 goals (2.47 GAA) to earn a 12-11-1 record.
The Huskies and Crimson met once already this season, a 3-2 victory for Harvard on Jan. 4. After being snowed out of Fenway Park, the game was played in the Bright-Landry Center, but was still as entertaining. After NU tallied just the second power play goal given up by the Crimson to that point of the season, Mary Parker tied things up, before Gina McDonald potted a shorthanded goal to give Harvard the lead at 2-1. NU tied it with under six minutes remaining, but freshman Sydney Daniels made sure the Crimson glided away victoriously, netting the game winner at the 17:57 mark to give Harvard the 3-2 win.
The Beanpot Series with Northeastern
The Crimson and Huskies have met 30 times during the Beanpot: 10 times in the semifinals and 20 times in the finals or consolations. NU owns a thin 16-13-1 record over Harvard, but the Crimson come in unbeaten in its last 10 matchups with the Huskies in the first two Tuesdays of February (9-0-1).
Last time the crosstown foes faced off in the tournament was 2011, also at Conte Forum, where the Crimson advanced following a 2-1 shootout after the two sides battled to a 3-3 tie.
A Quick Look at the Beanpot
- Harvard has 13 all-time Beanpot titles, second only to Northeastern's 16. Last season, the Crimson and Boston College dueled until the end in the semifinals, but the Eagles came away with a 2-1 victory. The last time Harvard took home a title was 2010, when the Crimson took down Northeastern, 1-0.
- Northeastern, winners of the previous two Beanpots, owns the longest win streak at eight in a row from 1984-1991. Harvard had a lengthy streak of its own from 1999-2005, taking six in a row.
- Harvard alumna Jennifer Botterill '03 owns the record for most points all-time in Beanpot history, collecting 29 on 16 goals and 13 assists over her four years. Tammy Shewchuck is second in history with 25 (9-16-25).
- A Crimson skater has been named MVP of the tournament 14 times – last by Liza Ryabinka in 2010 –while four Harvard netminders have been honored with the Bertagna Award as the top goaltender. The last Crimson tender to receive the accolade was current assistant coach Laura Bellamy '13 in 2010.
This season, Harvard has one of the top point differentials in the nation, averaging nearly a 3-1 win over opponents this season, but the last few meetings on the docket have been different cases. On Dec. 7, the Crimson battled to a 1-1 stalemate against No. 6 BC, thanks to Emerance Maschmeyer's career-high 51 saves. To open up the 2014 portion of the season, Harvard dueled to the end with Northeastern, coming out victorious by a 3-2 margin, before the Crimson rallied back from 1-0 down late in the third at UConn to beat the Huskies, 2-1, on Jan. 7.
Since then, Harvard used a three-goal third period to overcome a 4-2 deficit and rally past Colgate, 5-4, before knocking off No. 3 Cornell, 3-1. The third goal, however, was an empty-netter scored by Mary Parker with just six seconds left in the contest. Most recently, the Crimson skated away with a 3-2 win over Ivy League rival Princeton, before tying No. 9/9 Quinnipiac the next day. Overall, the Crimson is 6-1-3 in games decided by one goal or fewer this year.