No. 1 W. Hockey Sweep Weekend Games

The Harvard women's hockey team, the preseason favorite to win the national championship, will end the semester with the No. 1 ranking thanks to a pair of victories over Cornell and St. Lawrence last weekend at

Bright Hockey Center.

The Crimson (13-2-2, 11-2-2 ECAC) blanked the Big Red on Friday, 5-0, and outlasted the Saints on Saturday, 6-3, to maintain a three-point lead over second-place Brown in the conference standings.

The top forward line of sophomore center Jen Botterill and junior wingers Tammy Shewchuk and Angie Francisco combined for 18 points in the two games.

Sophomore defenseman Angela Ruggiero added two goals and three assists and freshman winger Tracy Catlin also scored a goal. Junior center Kiirsten Suurkask and rookie defensemen Jamie Hagerman and Pam Van Reesema all contributed assists.

The Crimson returns to action Feb. 5 when it hosts No. 2 Northeastern at Bright to gear up for the Beanpot, which will take place at Bright on Feb. 8 and Feb. 15.

Harvard 6, St. Lawrence 3

St. Lawrence could only generate 17 shots on goal, but Harvard let the Saints hang around until the final 38 seconds of regulation before exploding for two goals to erase all thoughts of overtime.