W. Hockey Faces Yale, Princeton

Will the real Harvard women's hockey team please stand up?

After suffering a pair of losses to less than stellar opponents in the first month of the season, it's hard to know whether it will be Jeckyl or Hyde suiting up for the No. 1 Crimson (6-2, 4-2 ECAC) on any given night.

With upcoming games against Ivy cellar-dweller Yale (1-8, 0-7 ECAC) and middle-of-the-road Princeton (4-3-2, 3-3-1 ECAC), however, it may not matter if half the team does not show up until the second period because neither game should be a problem for the Crimson.


With junior winger Tammy Shewchuk and sophomore center Jen Botterill away playing for the Canadian National team and unavailable to the Crimson, this weekend's pair relatively easy games may be a lucky break for the Crimson.

With 10 goals and 10 assists, Shewchuk leads the ECAC conference with 20 points, and Botterill isn't far behind with nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points.

Without Shewchuk or Botterill in the lineup, there will be added pressure on junior forward Angie Francisco (7 goals, 13 assists) and sophomore defenseman Angela Ruggiero (5,8) to fill in for their missing teammates.

"Any time there are teammates missing the whole team needs to step up," Francisco said. "And it's the responsibility of the whole team to fill the void."

Fortunately for the Crimson, it may only take one goal to beat Yale tomorrow. With only six goals in nine games this season, the Bulldogs have yet to score more than a single goal in any game this season, and sport far-and-away the worst offense in the conference.

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