CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 10/10 Harvard women's hockey team (18-13-1, 15-6-1 ECAC Hockey) is primed for the ECAC Hockey Tournament Semifinals against No. 1/1 Cornell this Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m. This is the first time Harvard has advanced to championship weekend since 2015 after defeating Yale in a marathon quarterfinal series that included a triple overtime game three. This Saturday's contest will be broadcast on ESPN+ and ECAC Hockey's international portal.
What to Know
- Since that last win in 2015-16, Cornell has only beaten Harvard by one goal or less in five of nine games, three of those five at Lynah Rink.
- The last time Harvard faced Cornell in playoffs was the 2015 championship game, which the Crimson won 7-3.
- Earlier this season, both Kristin Della Rovere and Dominique Petrie crossed the 30-point threshold, the first Harvard players to do so since 2017-18. Prior to this weekend, the pair has racked up 37 and 35 points respectively, Della Rovere's 37 tying Miye D'Oench's 37 in 2015-16.
- Six different players tallied points in at least two of the three matches last weekend while Becca Gilmore, Kat Hughes and Maryna Macdonald put their names on the scoresheet in all three games.
- Kristin Della Rovere will also be a player to watch on the scoreboard. The sophomore scored in two of three games last weekend, including two goals in game three. Additionally, Della Rovere has tallied at least one point in 24 of 32 games (0.750) and went on a seven-game scoring streak Jan. 31 through Feb. 15, 2020, totaling 10 points on three goals and seven assists in the span.
At the Helm
One of the most well-known coaches in college hockey, Katey Stone, enters her 25th season as The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey. Throughout her storied career, Stone has coached 13 Olympians, 24 All-America selections, six Patty Kazmaier winners and has accumulated a 476-239-53 overall record, prior to the 2019-20 season.
Should the Crimson win the semifinal matchup against Cornell, it will advance to the ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship set for Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m.