PRINCETON, N.J. (1/29/14) - The Princeton women's hockey team returns to league play this weekend when it hosts No. 5 Harvard on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m., and Dartmouth on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m., at Hobey Baker Rink.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton is coming off of a 6-1 win over Penn State from Tuesday night. It marked the Tigers’ first game in more than two weeks because of University semester exams. The win was Princeton’s 10th of the season as the team is now 10-8-3 overall. The Tigers are 6-6-2 in the ECAC and are in a tie for sixth place in the standings with Yale.
A three-point game from senior Denna Laing on Tuesday gave her 17 points on the season, on nine goals and eight assists. Senior Sally Butler added three points on Tuesday night and now has 15 with four goals and a team-high 11 assists. Defenders Rose Alleva and Ali Pankowski have 12 points apiece with five goals and seven assists each. Cassidy Tucker leads the freshmen class in scoring with 11 points, while senior Gabie Figueroa and sophomore Jaimie McDonell match those 11 points. Senior Olivia Mucha and junior Brianna Leahy contribute 10 points each. Sophomore Kimberly Newell has started in 19 of the team’s 21 games. She has a .902 save percentage and a 2.86 goals against average.
Harvard holds a 44-29-5 lead in the series that began in 1980. The Crimson have won the last six meetings in the series with Tigers’ last win coming in Jan. 2012 a 3-0 shutout. Harvard won a 4-0 game on opening weekend on Oct. 26 in Cambridge.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard is in first place in the ECAC standings with a 12-2-1 record. The Crimson two losses were against RPI, 2-1, and Yale, 2-0 and a 3-3 tie with Cornell. Harvard is on a four-game unbeaten streak and most recently defeated Union, 2-0 and RPI 3-1 at home last weekend.
Sophomore Miye D’Oench leads the team in scoring with 19 points on 11 goals and eight assists. Juniors Hillary Crowe and Samantha Reber add 17 points apiece with Crowe scoring 10 goals and seven assists and Reber leading the team in assists with 14 to go along with three goals. Sophomore Mary Parker and junior defender Sarah Edney contribute 14 points apiece and sophomore Dylanne Crugnale adds 11. Sophomore Emerance Maschmeyer has started in 16 of 20 games in goal and has the second-best save percentage in the nation at .956 with a 1.30 GAA. Freshman Brianna Laing, sister of Princeton’s Denna Laing, has played four games and is 4-0 with a .989 save percentage and a 0.25 GAA. Allowing just 1.10 goals per game, Harvard has the second-best scoring defense in the country and the best penalty kill as the Crimson have allowed just two power-play goals on 92 attempts.
Princeton owns a 38-31-5 record in the all-time series with Dartmouth, dating back to the 1979-80 season. The Tigers earned a 3-2 win at Dartmouth in the season opener on Oct. 25 with freshman Hilary Lloyd scoring the game-winning goal.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth enters the weekend with a 7-13-1 overall record and a 6-8-1 mark in the ECAC to sit in a tie for eighth place. After posting a 3-11 record through the first half of the season, the Big Green have gone 4-2-1 since Jan. 1 and have won the last three games including one-goal wins over RPI and Union last weekend.
Sophomore Lindsay Allen sits atop the scoring column with 13 goals and five assists for 18 points. Junior Karlee Odland and sophomore Laura Stacey each have 11 points; Odland has four goals and seven assists while Stacey has three goals and team-high eight assists. Four-year starter Lindsay Holdcroft has a .905 save percentage and a 2.72 GAA in 16 games. Rookie Robyn Chemago has started four games and has a .905 save percentage and a 3.04 GAA. Like Harvard, Dartmouth has a strong penalty-killing unit as it is sixth nationally (93/105) at 88.6%.