Crimson staff writer
Christopher D. Wright
When the whistle blew at the end of the first period on Saturday, it looked as if Harvard women’s ice hockey (0-3-0, 0-3-0 ECAC) was on the way to its first win of the season. The Crimson lead 3-0 over Rochester Polytechnic Institute (6-1-3, 2-0-0) going into the 2nd period. Led by senior captain Shannon Hollands, who had a goal and assist in the first period, they played aggressive and tactical hockey in the first period. However, the rest of the game was a different story, as the Engineers battled back to force overtime and deliver a 5-4 loss to the hopeful Harvard women.
Time and time again, Black dreams are left unsettled. Under sheets and blankets, security should be expected, but only worry is found. The worry intrudes the mind and forces us to ask: Is the safety of my own home the next facade to fall? Let us sleep. We just want to dream.
For the first time in its history, the Women’s Beanpot will be contested in an NHL arena. On March 21, the TD Garden announced that the 45th Dunkin’ Women’s Beanpot Championship will be played at TD Garden, home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics, on Jan. 23, 2024.
Following three-goal losses in the opening round, the Harvard women's ice hockey team (7-17-3, 6-11-3 ECAC) and the Boston University Terriers (11-17-3, 9-13-3 HEA) returned to Conte Forum to play in the consolation round of the 2023 Beanpot. Even without a Beanpot Championship on the line, both teams desperately wanted a win as they sought to build playoff momentum.
In a rematch of the 2022 Beanpot Championship Final, the Harvard women's ice hockey (7-15-3, 6-10-3 ECAC) team traversed the Charles River to take on Boston College (17-12-1, 14-10-0 HEA) in the opening round of the 2023 Beanpot. Even with the two teams trending in opposite directions record-wise, both coaches recognized the heightened importance that comes with a Beanpot match.
Fans at the historic Matthews Arena witnessed an instant classic the last time the Harvard women's ice hockey team (7-14-3, 6-10-3 ECAC) squared off against Boston College (16-12-1, 14-10-0 HEA) in the Beanpot. A game-winner by Becca Gilmore ’22 in the waning minutes of the third period secured a 5-4 victory over the Eagles in the championship game. The Beanpot title was the 15th in program history and the first for the Crimson since 2015.
After a month-long pause for winter break, Harvard’s women’s ice hockey team returned to campus seeking to refocus and breathe new life into a season that has not gone it's way thus far. Although the Crimson’s results in the win column were up-and-down, its performance on the ice was remarkably improved.
To kick off the second half of the season, the Harvard women’s ice hockey team traveled across the river to MLB’s oldest active ballpark — Fenway Park — to face No. 4/3 Quinnipiac at Frozen Fenway 2023.
The Nov. 26 matchup between Harvard (3-7-2, 2-4-2 ECAC) and the University of New Hampshire (5-13-0, 4-10-0 WHEA) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center featured two teams hoping to correct course after a subpar start to the season. Entering the game, both teams had lost their previous three contests — but it was the hosts who snapped their streak. A second-period short-handed goal was the difference as the Crimson scored a much-needed 1-0 win over the Wildcats.
For Andrew Berry '09, the dream became reality as he was named the general manager of the Cleveland Browns in 2020. But before there was Andrew Berry, the football executive, there was Andrew Berry, the star Harvard defensive back, and before that, there was Andrew Berry, the football fan.