Women's Ice Hockey
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Following historic seasons, the Harvard men’s and women’s ice hockey teams will enter their new campaigns with high expectations, at least according to preseason rankings.
Fresh off their most successful seasons of the last decade, the Harvard men’s and women’s ice hockey teams will enter 2015-2016 ranked among the top 10 squads in the nation.
Junior forward Miye D’Oench (far left) celebrates during a 9-2 win over Boston University on Feb. 3 with three members of the Class of 2015—Hilary Crowe, Marissa Gedman, and Sarah Edney (from left to right).
Freshman Lexie Laing scored 10 goals for the Crimson, tops among Harvard freshmen.
On the ice at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, over 1,100 miles from home, the Harvard women’s ice hockey team had the program’s first NCAA title within reach. But 60 minutes of play later, that same ice was cleared smooth once again, and the Crimson watched another team, hometown favorite Minnesota, hoist the trophy in victory.
On Nov. 28, 2014, then-No. 1/1 Boston College handed the then-No. 7/7 Harvard women’s ice hockey team the most punishing loss it would see all season. But in the rematch at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center with a Beanpot title on the line, the Crimson delivered.
After being away from the program for last season to coach the U.S. Olympic team in Sochi, Russia, Harvard women’s ice hockey coach Katey Stone returned to the Crimson for her 20th season and continued her success as the head of the program.
In her inaugural season on the women’s ice hockey team, freshman Lexie Laing took the team by storm. As one of the six freshmen to be added to this year’s squad, the 5’6” Marblehead, Mass., native was thrown into the mix of Olympians and experienced players early in the season and never looked back.
After battling back from a traumatic head injury, Josephine Pucci made the U.S. women's ice hockey team and captured silver in Sochi. But upon her return to Harvard, the decision to play a final season was not an easy one.
As an assistant coach on this year’s staff, I am proud of our entire team. However, I am particularly proud of our class of 2015, all of whom I played alongside for at least two seasons and coached for at least one. They are largely responsible for what was one of the most triumphant winters in program history.
Pucci led all Crimson defenders with 12 goals and 13 assists in her sophomore season, earning a spot on the All-Ivy first team.
Pucci and the Crimson reached the NCAA title game in 2015 after defeating Boston College in the semifinals.
After missing the first 11 games of the 2014-2015 campaign, senior blue-liner Josephine Pucci scored three goals and tallied nine assists in her final season as a member of the Crimson.
The Beanpot title came after the Crimson fell to Boston College earlier in the season by a 10-2 score.