Laing was the Crimson's leading scorer a year ago (Billie Weiss).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning seven of its top nine leading scorers, Harvard athletics has announced the 2017-18 women's hockey schedule. The Crimson will play 14 games at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center this season, with all home games broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
After hosting McGill in an exhibition on Oct. 13, Harvard women's hockey opens the season and ECAC Hockey play against Dartmouth on Oct. 20. Last season, the squad beat Dartmouth in both matchups, 5-1 on the road and 2-1 at home.
Traveling for the first time, the Crimson will face off against Princeton Oct. 27 and Quinnipiac Oct. 28. Two weeks later, Harvard welcomes Ivy League foes Brown and Yale on Nov. 10-11, and then engages in a home and home the following weekend against Holy Cross, playing them at Bright-Landry Nov. 17 and in Worcester Nov. 18. Harvard begins a four game homestand Tuesday, Nov. 22 against Boston College, and continues with New Hampshire Nov. 25, Quinnipiac Dec. 1 and Princeton Dec. 2.
The Crimson begins a six-game road trip at Dartmouth Dec. 6 and a month later plays a pair of weekend games against ECAC foes Rensselaer and Union Jan. 5-6. The next weekend, the Crimson faces off against Colgate and Cornell Jan. 12-13. Harvard then closes out the road trip with a weekday cross-town battle against Boston College on Jan. 16.
Clarkson and St. Lawrence will travel to Cambridge Jan. 19-20 for a pair of weekend games at Bright-Landry. The Crimson then travel to familiar venues as they take on Yale and Brown Jan. 26-27.
The Crimson will stay in Cambridge for a weekend matchup, welcoming Cornell and Colgate to Bright-Landry Feb. 2-3. Then, a midweek matchup in the first round of the Beanpot pits Harvard against Boston University on Feb. 6 at Conte Forum for a spot in the championship.
The Crimson continues the season with a pair of home games, beginning with a weekend at Bright-Landry against Union and Rensselaer Feb. 9-10. Harvard will close out the Beanpot in the championship or consolation on Feb. 13 against Boston College or Northeastern. To finish the campaign, the Crimson travels to New York for a pair of games against St. Lawrence Feb. 16 and Clarkson Feb. 17.
Harvard returns seven of its top nine leading scorers, including Lexie Laing, who led the team with 21 points, while returners Kat Hughes, Haley Mullins and Val Turgeon all scored at least 10 points a year ago.