Women's Ice Hockey
Entering this weekend, No. 9/9 Colgate had never lost a playoff series to Harvard in the ECAC tournament. After a 5-2 domination of the Raiders (23-9-5, 17-4-3 ECAC) on Friday, 2019 looked like the year for the Crimson (12-15-5, 9-9-4) to write a new trend into the history books. Colgate never looked back, though, after an all-Raiders final part of the first, and Harvard’s 2018-19 campaign came to a close.
The Crimson must win tomorrow if it wants to keep its season alive as the team will only make the NCAA Tournament as an automatic qualifier, which would come with an ECAC Tournament title.
The ECAC quarterfinal series against Colgate continues Saturday, with the puck drop slated for 3 p.m. A Harvard win means a ticket to the semis - a loss, and the Crimson refocuses for a season-deciding matchup on Sunday.
Not only did the national championship have major implications for the program — it also forged lasting relationships among players. The team remains tight, and communication is frequent.
For the first time since the 2005-06 season, Harvard tied both games in a single weekend, staging a comeback against Brown to equalize the Bears 3-3 and holding Yale to a 2-2 draw.
A weekend of classic Harvard Hockey and tremendous play by freshman goalie Lindsay Reed earned Harvard a come-from-behind win against St. Lawrence and a last-second overtime loss to Clarkson, the current back-to-back defending national champions.