W. Hockey Sweeps Niagra

After a week of shaky performances against Ivy League foes, the Harvard women's hockey team returned to form this weekend, sweeping Niagara at the Bright Hockey Center 5-2 yesterday afternoon and 6-4 on Saturday.

Junior forward Angie Francisco led the No. 2 Crimson (10-2-1, 8-2-1 ECAC) with two goals and two assists on the weekend, and both freshman forward Kalen Ingram and sophomore defenseman Angela Ruggiero registered two goals and one assist.

Francisco now leads the ECAC in scoring, with 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points in her first 11 games.


"I don't think their defense was much different from the other teams we've faced this year--they were pretty strong," Francisco said. "We just generated a lot of offense around the net this weekend and got the puck in the net because of that."

The Crimson has found its rhythm after two weeks without two of its top scorers, sophomore forward Jen Botterill and junior forward Tammy Shewchuk, both of whom were playing with the Canadian national team at the Three Nations Cup in Montreal.

Both Botterill and Shewchuk returned to action against Brown last Thursday, but the Crimson could not hold a 4-1 lead going into the third period and ended up with a 4-4 tie against the Bears.

The weekend's performance lifted the Crimson into a tie for first place in the ECAC with Northeastern (11-2-1, 8-1-1), who did not play this weekend.

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