Yesterday afternoon, the No. 4 Harvard women's hockey team (5-3, 5-1 ECAC) anointed senior forward Tammy Shewchuk as its all-time leading goal-scorer.
Shewchuk moved one goal ahead of former teammate A.J. Mleczko '99 on the Crimson's all-time list by scoring the critical first two goals in the Crimson's 4-0 win over Princeton (2-5-1) on Saturday and two second-period goals in Harvard's 10-2 blowout of Yale (1-7-0) yesterday.
Shewchuk's record-breaking 129th career goal, which came at the 14:42 mark of the second period, added even more color to a highlight-filled weekend that included junior forward Jen Botterill's seventh career hat trick, freshman goalkeeper Jessica Ruddock's first career shutout and the return of former goalkeeper Crystal Springer '00 to the Bright Center as an assistant coach for Princeton.
Mleczko, a U.S. Olympic Gold medallist in 1998, figured it was inevitable that Shewchuk would eventually break her record.
"I'm very happy for her," said Mleczko, who is currently training for the 2002 Olympics in Lake Placid along with defenseman Angela Ruggiero, Class of 2002. "She is such an amazing goal scorer and I knew that the record was bound to come eventually. I'm happy that she broke the record so early in the season."
As soon as the record was broken and the announcement was made over the flaky public address system, Shewchuk earned a standing ovation from the crowd and a hug from Harvard Coach Katey Stone.
"[The record] means everything to her," Stone said. "She's been an integral part of this hockey program for five years now. The greatest thing about it is now she has really become a complete player. She plays both ends of the ice and she's become very unselfish, so it really means much more than it would have before."
Shewchuk, however, says she considers Harvard's overall record over the past few seasons to be much more significant than any of her individual accomplishments.
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