Harvard vs. Boston University
Harvard aims for its 14th Beanpot title. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Geared up to host the 37th Annual Women's Beanpot, the No. 4/4 Harvard women's hockey team also is set for a tough top-10 matchup with crosstown rival No. 7/7 Boston University in the tournament's late game on Tuesday. The Crimson (15-4-2, 12-3-1 ECAC) and Terriers (17-6-2, 12-4-0 WHEA) will square off at 8 p.m. on ESPN3.
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Just Keep the Engine Running
The Crimson looks is in the midst of a gauntlet stretch of its schedule before the postseason rolls around, with six games over 12 days. As it stands now, Harvard has the potential to square off with three ranked opponents over those six contests (a win over No. 5 Quinnipiac, the Beanpot matchup with No. 7 BU and a possible rematch with No. 1 BC in the Beanpot finals), all before having to close the season out at No. 10 Cornell and versus No. 9 St. Lawrence and No. 8 Clarkson before the ECAC playoffs.
A Quick Look at the Beanpot
- Harvard has 13 all-time Beanpot titles, second only to Northeastern's 16. Last season, the Crimson battled but lost to the Huskies, 4-3, before taking a classic thriller over the Terriers in overtime, 3-2. The last time Harvard took home a title was 2010, when the Crimson took down Northeastern, 1-0.
- Though BC won last season, Northeastern took the previous two Beanpots and 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). 2015 Inductee Sarah Vailliancourt had 19 points with seven goals and 12 assists.
- 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.
Keeping It 100
In the history of Harvard hockey, there have been 25 skaters who have compiled 100 or more points in a career – an astounding feat, which also features seven 200-point earners. But the list might grow this season with the performances of a few in the senior class.
Rumbling with the Ranked
Harvard's scuffle with No. 5/5 Quinnipiac on Friday – its second with a top-5 Bobcat team this season – was the sixth top-10 showdown for the Crimson in 2014-15. Harvard is 3-1-2 versus ranked foes this year, falling to No. 1 Boston College and drawing then-No. 7 Clarkson and then-No. 7 Boston University, all in November before downing No. 4 Quinnipiac on Dec. 6 and No. 9 Cornell on Jan. 24.
Scouting Boston University
As the now-seventh-ranked team in the country, BU is 5-3 since the turn of the New Year, and 4-1 in its last five outings. The Terriers picked up wins over Northeastern, Quinnipiac, Vermont and Connecticut, dropping the second half of the series with the Catamounts in Walter Brown Arena a week ago.
BU is led on the attack by a trio of upperclassmen in Sarah Lefort, Marie Philip Poulin and Kayla Tutino. Lefort (15-17—32) and Poulin (17-13—30) are a lethal one-two punch for the Terriers, while Tutino (7-17—24) is a well-above-average compliment to the offense. Defenseman Shannon Doyle plays both ways as well, tallying three goals and registering a team best (tied) 17 assists on the other end.
In net, BU sports a true goalie rotation with sophomore Victoria Hanson and freshmen Erin O'Neil getting near-equal playing opportunities. Hanson has given up 29 goals in 14 games (2.14 GAA), while turning aside 306 shots for a .905 save percentage. Newcomer O'Neil has seen action in 12 games, yielding 30 goals (2.69) and making 305 saves (.902).
Beanpot History with BU
Harvard and BU have squared off nine times since the Terriers made the move to Division I varsity status in 1994-95. Harvard is 8-1 since then, with the lone loss coming in the semifinals in 2012.
Last season the two met in an instant classic matchup, the most competitive of the nine games between the two. After Jessica Harvey knocked in a score with less than five minutes left in the first, the Terriers stormed back in the second and third to take a 2-1 lead midway through the final frame. Miye D'Oench then evened the ledger at the 12:21 mark to give the Crimson a sigh of relief before the overtime session rolled around.
In OT, D'Oench and Reber teamed up to be heroes again. D'Oench scorched up the ice to beat out an icing call, feeding it to Marissa Gedman at the point. From there, Gedman found Reber who, with just 10 seconds left, put things away for good with a snipe from short distance to seal the deal.
Harvard continues play at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center as ECAC and Ivy League rivals Yale and Brown pay visits to Cambridge this weekend.