Crimson staff writer
William C. Boggs
The Union Dutchwomen and Rensselaer (RPI) Engineers have struggled in league play, yet both teams managed to start strong against Harvard in last weekend’s ECAC matchups. Nonetheless, the Crimson eventually cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Dutchwomen, thanks to a five-goal second-period explosion, and outlasted the Engineers 3-0, methodically putting up one goal in each frame.
Facing off against the No. 9/9 Boston College Eagles on the road, the Crimson scored early and often, stretching the margin to a 7-1 victory by the time the final buzzer had sounded. With the statement win in the books, Harvard will divert its attention back to ECAC play in a two-game home set against Union and Rensselaer (RPI).
After a 5-0-0 start in ECAC play and an appearance in the top 10 of national rankings, Harvard has since cooled off in a 4-game nonconference skid.
In its first weekend of back-to-back road games, Harvard stole the home-ice advantage from its opponents, cruising to a 6-2 win over No. 7/7 Princeton and outlasting Quinnipiac in a 3-2 overtime thriller to remain undefeated.
At the end of the season, she earned multiple honors, including First Team All-Ivy, ECAC All-Rookie Team, Second Team All-ECAC, and ECAC Goalie of the Year Finalist.
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.
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.