Women’s Hockey Names Captains, Award Winners at Annual Banquet

Alisa Baumgartner will serve as captain of the 2011-12 Harvard squad (Gil Talbot).

The Harvard women’s hockey team held its annual awards banquet Saturday at the Harvard Club of Boston, where it handed out team awards for 2010-11 and named captains for the 2011-12 season. The Crimson finished with an overall record of 17-11-4 in 2010-11, placing second in the final ECAC Hockey standings and earning a berth in the ECAC tournament semifinals.    

Sophomore forward Jillian Dempsey received team Most Valuable Player honors. The Winthrop, Mass., native led the Crimson with 28 points on 14 goals and 14 assists in 2010-11 and also totaled three game-winning goals, two power-play goals and one short-handed tally. Dempsey was named to the All-ECAC and All-Ivy League second teams and finished ninth among league players with 22 points (10g, 12a) in ECAC play.    

The Joe Bertagna Most Improved award went to sophomore goalie Laura Bellamy. Bellamy finished the season with a 16-10-3 record as Harvard’s primary goalie, along with a 2.28 goals-against average and .895 save percentage. She picked up 11 of her 16 wins in the second half of the season, and recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time in her career in road games against Union and Brown. She also propelled Harvard into the Beanpot final, stuffing Northeastern on its final attempt in the semifinal shootout.

Senior captain Kate Buesser received the John Dooley Award, given to the player who best combines sportsmanship, enthusiasm and devotion to hockey. Buesser tallied a team-leading 15 goals in her senior campaign and was second on the team with 26 points on the season. She was also second on the team in power-play goals (five) and registered three game-winning scores for the Crimson.

Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, also announced Alisa Baumgartner, the lone member of this year’s junior class, will serve as captain of the 2011-12 squad. Sophomores Josephine Pucci and Bellamy will serve as a assistant captains for next year’s team.

Baumgartner registered nine points on three goals and six assists in 28 games for the Crimson and posted points in three of the final five games of the season. Pucci was the highest rated player on the roster at +24, led all Harvard defensemen with 25 points (12g, 13a) and ranked sixth nationally in points per game among defensemen. Pucci received All-Ivy first-team and All-ECAC second-team honors and was named to the New England Hockey Writers Division I All-Star team.