Boe Flies Below Radar to Anchor Crimson’s Stingy Defensive Effort

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—For all the discussion that went on during the post-game press conference after Harvard’s 2-1 victory over St. Lawrence last night, one name in particular didn’t pop up as much as you might expect.

Ali Boe.

Yesterday wasn’t the exception, either. In fact, it represented a common trend in the attention, or lack thereof, the Crimson’s goaltending has received all season long.

On a team stacked with offensive threats, the best defenseman in the world and one of the most solid supporting casts in the nation, Boe’s contribution to the team seems to have been lost in the shuffle—by everyone but her coaches and teammates.

But neither Harvard nor Boe mind the lack of attention she receives around the nation.

“It’s okay,” Crimson coach Katey Stone said. “She’s a sleeping giant. I don’t care if anybody else notices. We notice and that’s all that matters.”

In fact, Stone had just one word to describe Boe’s goaltending.

“Superb.”

Co-captain Angela Ruggiero jumped in to break the awkward silence that followed, enthusiastically adding, “I second that!”

But Stone’s one-word description of Boe’s efforts was appropriate because Harvard’s goalie’s efforts seemed beyond words at times.

With about six minutes remaining in the second period and St. Lawrence on the power play, Sara Simard slid a pass across the ice to Rebecca Russell—the Saints’ leading scorer in Gina Kingsbury’s absence—who found herself all alone against Boe on the left side of the ice.

Russell skated in by herself, looking for a spot to beat Boe.

She fired a wrister toward the right side of the net at point-blank range, but Boe leaned to her left and came up with a huge glove save as Russell skated away, shaking her head in disappointment after being denied on a rare Saints opportunity to score.

How would Stone describe the huge save on the man-down?

“Superb,” the coach coolly responded again, her head in her hand, unfazed by the type of steady, stellar play that has marked Boe all year long but has gone largely unrecognized by many opponents and observers throughout the year.

Boe, one of her own harshest critics, didn’t see anything particularly out of the ordinary in her play, either.

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