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.
What’s more impressive than helping lead the Harvard men’s basketball program to a share of its first-ever Ivy League title?
Doing it with a broken foot—just ask sophomore forward Kyle Casey.
Casey, who missed the early portion of the 2010-11 season after breaking his foot in the preseason, in fact broke the same bone in his right foot again early in the Ivy League season.
With some seasons just coming to an end and others picking up speed, Crimson athletics are feeling the ups and downs of collegiate competition.
The team won 14 straight matchups before ending its season by taking home four medals in the NCAA Northeast Region Championship and placing fourth in the NCAA Championships.
During the streak, Harvard took also home the Ivy League and Beanpot titles.
The Crimson won all five of its Ivy League Championship matchups, capping the tournament with a title-clinching victory against Yale on Feb. 13, downing the Bulldogs, 14-13.
A few weeks ago, the Harvard men’s basketball team missed its chance to be a part of March Madness.
But the team also missed out on the chance to call a 2011 Final Four coach among its alumni. According to Slate.com, Shaka Smart, the coach of Virginia Commonwealth University, turned down Harvard to play basketball at Kenyon College in Ohio.