PRINCETON, N.J. (10/23/13) - The Princeton women's hockey team wastes no time jumping into the thick of things as it opens the season on the road at Dartmouth and Harvard this weekend. The Tigers open at Dartmouth on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., and face Harvard on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. The women's hockey game is one of five Princeton/Harvard events in Cambridge on Saturday, as football, field hockey, men's soccer and women's soccer also compete.
Eye on the Tigers
The Tigers will have to replace 41 percent of its scoring offense from last season with the loss of their top two scorers Corey Stearns and Kelly Cooke to graduation, as well as Alex Kinney who had 11 points. The returning leading scorer is senior Sally Butler who had 15 points last year. Butler led the team in scoring during her sophomore year collecting 26 points. Senior Denna Laing should also fill the role as she was second on the team in points in 2011-12. During the team's exhibition with McGill it was freshman Kelsey Koelzer and Hilary Lloyd making the scoresheet.
The Tigers return its entire defensive lineup. There will be senior leadership co-captain Gabie Figueroa, who had a point in the McGill exhibition. Senior Rose Alleva is the team's leading returning scoring defender from a year ago. She had one goal and 10 assists.Sophomore Kimberly Newell will anchor the defense again this season. She is coming off of another summer with the Canadian Hockey program, playing with both the U-18 and the National Team. Last year she finished the season with a .915 save percentage and a 2.90 goals against average.
Princeton owns a 37-31-5 record in the all-time series with Dartmouth, dating back to the 1979-80 season. The Big Green won both meetings last year, a 3-1 game in October at Hobey Baker Rink and a 6-2 game at Thompson in January.
Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth is of just three Ivy League teams that have already played a game this season. The Big Green lost a 7-2 game at Boston College last Sunday. Like Princeton, Dartmouth also played McGill in an exhibition game this season, losing 3-2. Dartmouth lost four of its five leading scorers from last season and went from having eight players with 100 career games in 2012-13 to none this season. Looking to fill the void of 57.1 percent of its goals are sophomores Lindsey Allen and Laura Stacey. Allen scored both goals in the 7-2 loss at Boston College and Stacy had an assist. One mainstay from past seasons is netminder Lindsay Holdcroft. Last season she had a .914 save percentage and a 2.11 GAA with a 15-9-5 record.
Harvard holds a 43-29-5 lead in the series that began in 1980. The Crimson have won the last five meetings in the series with Tigers' last win coming in Jan. 2012 a 3-0 shutout.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard is without its head coach Katey Stone and three players because of it being an Olympic year. The team lost its top two scorers from latst season and like Dartmouth will look to its youngsters to step up this season. Sophomore Mary Parker and junior Samantha Reber both had 24 points last season and are looking to be the team's top goal scores this year. After a successful freshman campaign, Emerance Maschmeyer returns in goal. She finished last year with a 12-6-2 record with a .935 save percentage and a 1.44 GAA. Like Princeton and Dartmouth, Harvard also played McGill in the preseason. The Crimson earned a 5-2 win with Reber and defender Sarah Edney leading the way with two points apiece. Maschmeyer made 20 saves in the win.