The incoming freshmen join a group that tallied six wins over ranked opponents last season (Billie Weiss).
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – Harvard women's hockey and the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, Katey Stone, have announced the incoming class of 2020; Kyra Colbert, Kat Hughes, Beth Larcom, Ali Peper, Val Turgeon and Emily Yue.
The women's team finished with a strong 17-12-3 record in 2015-16, and had five players earn all-conference recognition. The incoming group of six student-athletes includes a pair each of forwards, defensemen and goaltenders, and they join Harvard from four states and two countries.
Kyra Colbert | Defense | 5-9 | Toronto, Can. | University of Toronto Schools
Played for the Mississauga Junior Chiefs of the Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL) in Ontario, Canada ... Helped the Chiefs reach the final four in the 2016 PWHL tournament … Was the 2016 Provincial bronze medalists with Mississauga … 2016 alternate captain … Member of secretariat for the Southern Ontario Model UN … Co-chair of student outreach program at high school.
"Kyra is a solid defenseman with awesome size and reach to play the position." – Katey Stone
Kat Hughes | Forward | 5-7 | New York, N.Y. | Shattuck-St. Mary's
Played for the Shattuck-St. Mary's before Harvard … A three-time national champion (2013-14, 2016) … Part of the national runner-up team in 2015 … Was captain for the Shattuck-St. Mary's U19 team in 2016 and U16 team in 2014 … Active participant in Hands across Fairbault Community Service … Sister, Allie, played ice hockey for UConn, class of 2016.
"Kat is a skilled forward with huge upside. She has nifty hands and a solid touch around the net." – Katey Stone
Beth Larcom | Goalie | 5-8 | Middletown, R.I. | St. George's School
Played for St. George's School & the MA Spitfires … Won the gold medal at the IIHF World Championships as part of the USA U18 National Ice Hockey Team … Participated with the 2015 US U18 select team at the U18 Series vs. Canada … Named two-time All-ISL first team (2015-16) … Earned two All-New England first team honors (2015-16) … Recognized as the All-New England DII Player of the Year (2016) … Received the 2016 Robert Rand Award for MVP ... Selected as the 2016 ISL MVP … Named to the 2016 American Family Insurance All-USA Girls Ice Hockey Team … Four-year academic honor roll member … Middle PMC Kids Ride Coordinator.
"Beth is a strong netminder with some great international experience. She has all of the tools to compete for the No. 1 spot." – Katey Stone
Ali Peper | Defense | 5-7 | Arvada, Colo. | Arvada West
Played for the Boston Shamrocks (2014-16) and Colorado Select (2013-14) U19 AAA teams of the Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL) … Four-year invitee to the USA Hockey National Development Camp (2011-2014) … Was the JWHL defensive point leader (2016) … Recognized to the JWHL All-Star team three times (2014-16) … Named to the JWHL All-League Defense second team (2016) … Selected to the JWHL All-Academic team four times (2013-16) … Named the Denver Post Female Student-Athlete of the Year … Inducted into Arvada West Hall of Fame … Colorado high school golf regional champion (2014), league MVP and first team all-state ... Academic Honor Roll … Arvada West Valedictorian candidate.
"Ali is a strong blueliner who plays with an edge. She has a limitless work ethic and a desire to be great." – Katey Stone
Val Turgeon | Forward | 5-6 | Denver, Colo. | Shattuck-St. Mary's
Played for the Colorado Selects before going to Shattuck-St. Mary's … Won the national championship with the U16s her junior year (2015) and played with the U19s her senior year (2016) … Was a two-time captain for the Colorado Selects … Four-year honor roll student … Father played in the NHL for 19 years and on Team Canada … Brother was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings and plays for the Portland Winterhawks.
"Val is a power forward with an intense work ethic. She is a gritty, relentless competitor." – Katey Stone
Emily Yue | Goalie | 5-2 | Guilford, Conn. | Deerfield Academy
Played for Deerfield Academy & the Mid-Fairfield CT Stars … Earned silver and bronze medals at USA Hockey Nationals with the Stars ... Helped her team to the playoffs all four years of high school … Earned state and regional titles in career … Named to the NESPAC All-Tournament field hockey team in 2015 … Captain of high school team senior year … Received high honors all four years of school … Father, James, played lacrosse and ice hockey for Harvard, class of '88.
"Emily is a fierce competitor who will battle daily to contribute to the Crimson's success." – Katey Stone