Women’s Hockey Honors Ruggiero, Takes Down No. 9/9 Princeton, 4-1

D'Oench tallied her fourth three-point outing of the season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On a night celebrating the accomplishments of Angela Ruggiero '04, Harvard women' s hockey toppled No. 9/9 Princeton, 4-1, at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Senior Miye D'Oench tallied her fourth three-point game of the season, ending the contest with a goal and two assists. Junior Sydney Daniels potted a season-high two goals, and senior Michelle Picard tallied her second multipoint outing of the year with two assists. In goal, senior Emerance Maschmeyer made 34 saves to earn the victory.

Ruggiero was honored at the second intermission after being selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame and the Beanpot Hall of Fame within the past year. Ruggiero ranks in the top-five in program history in goals and assists, and helped lead the Crimson to the 1999 AWCHA National Championship.

Harvard took an early 1-0 lead at 5:54 in the first period when sophomore Karly Heffernan slotted the puck into the lower right corner. Picard flung the puck into a fray in front of the net, and after an attempt from sophomore Lexie Laing, Heffernan scored her fifth of the season. The assist was the ninth of the year for Laing and sixth for Picard.

Daniels doubled Harvard's advantage at 9:37 in the first stanza when she tipped a shot from D'Oench over Kimberly Newell's right shoulder. Her eighth goal of the season, D'Oench tallied her team-leading 13th helper of the season on the play. Junior Briana Mastel started the break, and earned her fifth assist of the season.

Princeton pulled a goal back at 1:18 in the second period when Morgan Sly found the back of the net. Karlie Lund was credited an assist on the play.

Two minutes later, D'Oench netted her 11th goal of the year to push Harvard's advantage to 3-1. Picard played a diagonal pass to D'Oench in the left faceoff circle, and the forward wristed a shot off the pipe and into the back of the mesh. Picard earned her second assist of the game on the play.

Daniels put an exclamation point on the triumph with an empty net goal, her second of the game, at 19:48 in the third period. D'Oench earned an assist on the play.

Harvard women's hockey travels to Boston University for the first round of the 2016 Beanpot at Walter Brown Arena. The Crimson is set to face No. 1/1 Boston College.