Harvard, the 2013-14 Ivy League Champion, looks to continue its success through a tough schedule in 2014-15. (Photo: Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Looking to book its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, the Harvard women's ice hockey team has announced the release of its 2014-15 schedule. The 29-game slate features 14 home contests, including the annual Beanpot Tournament at the newly renovated Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Season tickets will go on sale Aug. 12, while single game tickets will be available starting Sept. 2. All youth 12 and under will be admitted free to all home women's hockey games as well. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets online at GoCrimson.com/tickets to save $5 off of game day prices. All home games, and all Ivy League contests, will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Crimson, which finished last season ranked No. 7 with a stellar 23-7-4 record under the guidance of Maura Crowell, returns Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, to the bench, along with skaters Josephine Pucci, Lyndsey Fry and Michelle Picard, all of whom represented the United States in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, winning a silver medal.
After dropping the puck with an exhibition against McGill on Oct. 24, the Crimson officially opens the season with ECAC foes Rensselaer (Oct. 31) and Union (Nov. 1) before a lengthy period away from Cambridge. Harvard treks to the North Country to square off with defending national champion Clarkson two weeks later on Nov. 14, before visiting St. Lawrence on Nov. 15.
From there, the Crimson takes a tour of the Hub with crosstown trips to Boston University (Nov. 21), Boston College (Nov. 28) and Northeastern (Nov. 29) in potential Beanpot previews. Harvard went 3-1-1 against the Hockey East triad in 2013-14.
Harvard plays just three games in the month of December, but all three will take place in the comforts of home. The Crimson jumps back into ECAC play, hosting Dartmouth (Dec. 2), Princeton (Dec. 5) and Quinnipiac (Dec. 6) to close out the fall semester.
Harvard then opens the New Year with an Ivy League trip south to Brown and Yale on Jan. 2 and 3, respectively, before turning around to host another Hockey East foe in the Connecticut Huskies. Yet another two-week road swing awaits the Crimson with trips to Union (Jan. 9), RPI (Jan. 10), New Hampshire (Jan. 14) and Dartmouth (Jan. 17).
Colgate and Cornell first appear on the schedule in late January as the Raiders and Big Red pay visits on Jan. 23 and 24. The Crimson has a quick jaunt to Quinnipiac (Jan. 30) and Princeton (Jan. 31), before settling into Bright-Landry for four consecutive games. As host of the 2015 Beanpot Tournament, Harvard will play BU in the late game (8 p.m.) on Feb. 3. On Feb. 6 and 7, the Crimson welcome in Yale and Brown, before hosting the second round of the Beanpot on Feb. 10.
A trip to heated rival Cornell on Feb. 13 will wrap up Harvard's Ivy League portion of the schedule, before the Crimson spend Valentine's Day at Colgate. St. Lawrence and Clarkson visit Cambridge in the season's final weekend as the Saints and Golden Knights make trips on Feb. 20 and 21, respectively.
Harvard hopes to make its 18th-consecutive appearance in the ECAC Hockey Tournament after earning the league's No. 2 seed, but falling to Cornell in the semifinals last season. The Crimson also looks to make it a three-peat for the Ivy League title after earning the title outright last season with a 7-1-2 record.
Aside from its Olympians, Harvard returns to the ice All-American and 2013-14 Patty Kazmaier Top-10 Finalist Emerance Maschmeyer between the pipes, along with All-ECAC award winners Sarah Edney, Miye D'Oench and Briana Mastel. A core group of seniors leads the way for the veteran squad in Pucci, Fry, Edney, Hillary Crowe, Samantha Reber, Marissa Gedman and Kalley Armstrong.