“We have full confidence in her,” co-captain Michelle Picard said.
While the goalie in any sport should be the automatic first name on the team sheet, the Crimson has started all three goaltenders this year in just four games.
Senior Emerance Maschmeyer, the regular starter last season, was jjust became the 10th Crimson athlete to be elected as an All-American.
The other junior goalie, Brianna Laing, was considered the second string last year, having started seven contests.
But on Friday, those at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center rose to applaud Tissenbaum at the start of the contest.
She did not disappoint, with a flurry of glove saves late in the third period.
Her efforts ultimately led to a stalemate and the shutout, the best prize for any goalie.
However, the junior goaltender was quick to recognize her teammates on a night when she was in the spotlight.
“All three of us are able to play and are able to play well at this level, but it’s always a battle to start,” Tissenbaum said. “It’s the best kind of competition because I know that I have to bring my best everyday, but I also know that Bri and Em have my back, just as I have their backs when they play. I owe a lot of who I am as a goalie to those two.”
The goalies have propelled each other to excellence.
But perhaps the greatest significance in Tissenbaum’s performance is the assurance that Harvard has three talented and battle proven goalies available each game.
The trio poses one of those cliché great problems to have for Crimson coach Katey Stone. The goalies’ performance has caused a selection issue.
Harvard is spoiled for choice when it comes to the goaltender position. But the result can only be positive.
“No matter who is in net we always have a chance to win the game,” Picard said. “Knowing that we have that rock star performance back there is great to know. Molly stepped up big time [Friday night].”