It was awards season for the Harvard women’s ice hockey team this past Saturday, where the squad’s best were honored at its annual banquet.
After ending the season 17-11-4, the Crimson notched second place in the ECAC standings in 2010-11.
After senior tri-captain Kate Buesser ended her career by receiving the John Dooley Award for sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and devotion to hockey, the reigns were turned over to junior Alisa Baumgartner. The only junior on the team, Baumgartner scored nine points and had six assists during the regular season.
Sophomore goalie Laura Bellamy won both the Joe Bertagna Most Improved Award and the title of assistant captain for the 2011-12 team. She will share the captainship with her classmate, defender Josephine Pucci. Pucci shined this past season, receiving All-Ivy first team and all All-ECAC second team honors, to go with a spot on the New England Hockey Writers Division I All-Stars.
The Most Valuable Player award went to sophomore forward Jillian Dempsey. Gaining spots on the the All-Ivy League and All-ECAC teams, Dempsey scored 22 points over the course of the season, ninth best in the league.
Even with the loss of the team’s seniors, Harvard is looking strong for the year ahead, with 15 players from the sophomore and freshmen classes returning.