Women's Ice Hockey
Senior forward Becca Gilmore had a stunning performance in this year's Beanpot Tournament. In a match that will surely go into the history books as one of the most intense and competitive played in the Beanpot, Gilmore scored the game-winning goal after a 4-4 stalemate in the final period.
Harvard traveled to Ridder Arena, the site of its last NCAA tournament game in 2015, hoping to kick off a successful NCAA tournament run. Its tournament run started with a matchup versus a familiar foe, the University of Minnesota Duluth; the Crimson had already lost to the Bulldogs twice during the regular season and looked to change its fortune.
Both No. 6/6 Harvard (22-9-1, 16-5-1 ECAC) and Princeton (13-14-5, 9-10-3 ECAC) knew that a victory on Feb. 27 would be critical to their NCAA hopes. The Tigers took game one 4-2 after a third period surge. However, the Crimson would bounce back with a 2-1 overtime victory in the second game to force the decisive battle. Ultimately, Princeton rode to a 3-2 victory in Game 3.
The No. 6/6 Harvard women’s hockey team has already won the Ivy League championship and Beanpot title, but it entered its two final games hoping to add the ECAC regular season championship. Harvard would go on to claim a 3-0 win over Union (5-28-1, 2-20 ECAC), capturing the eighth ECAC regular season title in school history and the first since 2015.
As some of the world’s greatest athletes descended upon Beijing, China, for the Winter Olympics between Feb. 4 and Feb. 20, some of Harvard’s brightest stars were among them. Nick Abruzzese, Sean Farrell, Emerance Maschmeyer '16, Keely Moy, and Remi Drolet represented the Crimson in Beijing, with Maschmeyer claiming a gold medal for Canada.
The Crimson came into the final few weeks of the regular season in red-hot form, having recently been crowned Ivy League and Beanpot champions. They finished their last homestand of the regular season with three home games last weekend, against Princeton, No. 9/9 Quinnipiac, and St. Lawrence.
After defeating Boston University 4-1 in the opener last Tuesday to reach the championship match, the No. 6/6 Crimson (18-6-0, 13-4-0 ECAC) came out guns blazing, and after a high octane, dramatic 60 minutes of play, inched past an inspired Boston College, 5-4, to win the game, and hence the championship.