No. 8 Harvard Opens Season With Trip to Colgate, Cornell

No. 8 Harvard Opens Season With Trip to Colgate, Cornell

The No. 8 Harvard women's hockey team opens the 2009-10 season by visiting Colgate and Cornell this weekend.
Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications.

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The Particulars
For the second consecutive season, the eighth-ranked Harvard women’s hockey team opens the year on the road. The Crimson will face Colgate Friday and Cornell Saturday in ECAC Hockey contests. Harvard has won the last two ECAC Hockey regular-season titles.

Last season, the Crimson posted a 19-10-3 overall record, going 16-4-2 in ECAC Hockey en route to its second straight ECAC Hockey regular-season title. The Crimson also went 8-2 in Ivy League games, clinching its second consecutive Ancient Eight crown.

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Series History
Harvard owns a 3-0-1 record against Colgate in its last four games, dating back to 2007-08. Overall, the Crimson has a 14-1-2 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to 1978-79. The teams last met at Colgate on Feb. 14, 2009, a 2-1 win for Harvard. In that contest, Jenny Brine ’09 and Sarah Wilson ’09 each scored a goal, while Christina Kessler made 25 saves in net.

Saturday’s game will be the 60th in the series between Ivy League rivals Harvard and Cornell. The Crimson boasts a 50-17-2 lead in the series, and has won the last 10 games between the schools. Harvard defeated Cornell, 3-0, and 4-0, in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series last year at Bright Hockey Center Feb. 27-28.

Last Time Out
Co-captain Kathryn Farni scored a shorthanded goal and assisted on three other Harvard tallies, as the eighth-ranked Crimson defeated McGill, 4-1, in an exhbition contest Saturday afternoon at Bright Hockey Center. Kate Buesser notched two goals, while Katharine Chute added the fourth Harvard score. Between the pipes, Christina Kessler picked up the victory, making 22 saves.

Harvard Coach Katey Stone

Katey Stone is in her 16th season as Harvard’s head coach, and she brings a 319-136-22 record into Friday’s game. Stone, who ranks second all-time in Division I victories, has led Harvard to all seven of its NCAA tournament appearances. Stone is also the active leader in victories among Division I women’s hockey coaches.

Rank And File
Harvard is ranked No. 8 in this week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and No. 9 in the poll. The Crimson is one of only two teams ranked in the top 10 who has not played a game yet.

Crimson Captains
Leading the Crimson will be two senior captains: Cori Bassett (Anchorage, Alaska) and Kathryn Farni (Minnetonka, Minn.).

Preseason Prognostications
The ECAC Hockey coaches picked Harvard second in their preseason poll and voted senior goaltender Christina Kessler to the preseason all-conference team for the second straight season.

Team (first-place votes) Points
1. St. Lawrence (3) 107
2. Harvard (3) 103
3. Dartmouth (5) 93
4. Princeton 89
5. Clarkson (1) 85
6. Rensselaer 74
7. Cornell 68
8. Colgate 52
9. Quinnipiac 37
10. Yale 34
11. Brown 24
12. Union 11

New Faces
Seven freshmen will don the crimson, black and white this season. The class of 2013 is comprised of goaltender Laura Bellamy (Duluth, Minn.), Margaret Chute (Wayzata, Minn.), Jillian Dempsey (Winthrop, Mass.), Hilary Hayssen (Orono, Minn.), Josephine Pucci (Pearl River, N.Y.), Kelsey Romatoski (Woodbury, Minn.) and Kaitlin Spurling (Byfield, Mass.)