After No. 2 Clarkson handed the Harvard women’s hockey team its second defeat of the season Nov. 6 by a score of 2-1, the No. 10-ranked Crimson picked themselves up and responded forcefully Nov. 7 with a 3-0 shutout of No. 7 St. Lawrence for the Crimson’s (2-2; 2-2 ECAC) 500th win in the program’s history.
Freshman forward Kaitlin Spurling got the Crimson going first against Clarkson, tallying her first career goal less than six minutes into the second period. But Clarkson bounced back, scoring midway though the second period and once more to start the third, handing the Crimson just their sixth home loss in four seasons.
But the Crimson came out firing against the Saints, outshooting St. Lawrence, 28-14. Harvard forward Kate Buesser ’11 was the offensive catalyst, scoring twice and assisting on the other goal.
Last season, Harvard graduated one of the most-talented senior classes in program history, including 2008 Patty Kazmaier (Player of the Year) winner Sarah Vaillancourt. But expectations remain high for the Crimson. In the ECAC Hockey Preseason Poll, Harvard was picked to finish second behind St. Lawrence, and was ranked No. 8 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Preseason Poll.
The Crimson take the ice again this weekend when they host Quinnipiac on Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., and Princeton on Nov. 14 at 4 p.m.