CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Hockey, Katey Stone, unveiled the Crimson's 2018-19 schedule today. The 2018-19 slate is highlighted by a non-conference series at Wisconsin along with Harvard's turn at hosting the annual Women's Beanpot Tournament in early February. All 16 home games at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center will be available to stream on ESPN+.
As has become routine, the Crimson will kick off the new season with an exhibition contest against McGill on October 12 at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, followed by the ECAC Hockey opener against Dartmouth on October 19.
The next weekend, the Crimson will hit the road to take on Cornell and Colgate on Oct. 26 and 27 and will remain away from home to face Quinnipiac and Princeton on November 2 and 3. Princeton was one of four series sweeps for Harvard during the 2017-18 season.
Harvard will again welcome Holy Cross to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center on November 20 for a quick tune up before heading west over Thanksgiving break to play a two-game series at Wisconsin. The Badgers have been a perennial powerhouse in women's hockey, having been ranked in the top five in the country for the entirety of the past four seasons. "We are looking forward to this season" said Stone. "It's great to have the Badgers back on our schedule for two games at Thanksgiving, it should be fun!"
Upon returning from the Wisconsin excursion, the Crimson will welcome ECAC Hockey opponents Rensselaer and Union the weekend of November 30 and December 1. Harvard will close out the first half of competition on December 7 and 8 when it goes head-to-head with Hockey East for the first time of the season, hosting Maine on the 7th before making the short trek to New Hampshire on the 8th.
Harvard will open the second half of the season in Cambridge when it plays host to Princeton and Quinnipiac on January 4 and 5 before heading up to Dartmouth for a standalone contest on January 11. The next weekend, Colgate and Cornell will pay a visit to the Bright-Landry Center with games scheduled for January 18 and 19 respectively. The Crimson will close out January with a trip to North Country to face Clarkson and St. Lawrence on January 25 and 26. Harvard split the season series with the Saints in 2017-18, notching a 2-1 victory over the No. 10 team in the country at Appleton Arena in late February.
Harvard will enjoy the comfort of Cambridge for six of ten games in February, beginning with a home series against Yale and Brown on February 1 and 2.
The Crimson will break from ECAC action to host the 41st annual Women's Beanpot Tournament, taking on Boston College in the semifinals on February 5. Harvard last won the Beanpot title in 2015, the last time the tournament was hosted at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The following Tuesday, February 12, Harvard will play either Boston University or Northeastern in the Beanpot championship or consolation contest.
Between the Beanpot matchups, the squad will travel to Union and Rensselaer to close out the season series with the Dutchwomen and Engineers. Following the conclusion of the Beanpot Tournament, Harvard will host St. Lawrence and Clarkson on February 15 and 16 before closing out the regular season at Brown and Yale on February 22 and 23.
The Crimson posted a 13-16-2 overall record and a 10-10-2 ECAC record in 2017-18 and will return seven of its top eight scorers.