Despite tallying 48 shots on goal against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the No. 7 Harvard women’s hockey team was unable to skate past RPI in the ECAC tournament semifinal at Bright Hockey Center on Saturday (March 7), losing 2-3 in overtime.
Although the Crimson fell behind 0-2 late in the second period, senior forward Sarah Wilson netted two goals for the Crimson to even the score and eventually send the game into overtime. But in the extra stanza, RPI scored on a power play at the game’s 13:20 mark to upset the Crimson and advance to the tournament final.
This season Harvard had three players named to the ECAC all-league teams: Sarah Vaillancourt ’09 (first team), Christina Kessler ’10 (second team), and Jenny Brine ’09 (second team). Kirsten Kester ’09 was named the ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year, and Vaillancourt was named ECAC player of the year as well as one of three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award (given to the nation’s best player).
The Crimson finish the season 19-10-3 and graduate seven seniors.