March 11, 2003

Lady Icers Suffer Hard Knocks From Crimson

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The Harvard Crimson eliminated the women’s hockey team from further post-season contention this past weekend at the ECAC tournament, ending the possible three game series in just two. Harvard won the first game 13-1, which was the largest margin by which the Red had lost all season. Game two was not much better, with the Crimson taking out Cornell handily with the score of 7-0.

Harvard completely dominated the Red in game one. The Crimson was able to outshoot Cornell 27-1, and scored four unanswered goals in the first period alone.

The second period was not much better for Cornell. Despite a goal from sophomore Pam Hannah, who notched her first goal of the season, Harvard still completely controlled the pace of the game. By the time the buzzer sounded, the score was 10-1 in Harvard’s favor.

The third period involved little more than the Crimson padding its stats. When all was said and done, Harvard had won 13-1. As a side note, with her seven point effort in the 13-1 rout, Harvard forward Jennifer Botterill broke the record for most career points in Division I ice hockey.

Harvard continued to dominate in game two. Despite the outstanding play of Cornell goaltender senior Sanya Sandahl, who made 49 saves on 56 shots, the Red failed to capitalize, losing 7-0.

Botterill came out strong again, scoring her first goal only two minutes in. Harvard clearly outplayed the Red, taking 22 shots to Cornell’s three in the first period. It was 3-0 by the end of the first.

Harvard came out strong again in the second, outshooting the Red 17-4. Crimson forward Julie Chu picked up her second goal of the night to give her 26 on the season.

The Red was actually able to contain Harvard’s top scorers in the third period, allowing only one goal despite 17 shots from the Crimson. It mattered little at that point though, as the game would end 7-0 in Harvard’s favor.

The one bright spot for the Red in the last game was Sandahl, who finished off her Cornell career with an outstanding performance of 49 saves. The Red will lose several key players next year, including Sandahl, but the squad has nowhere to go but up.

Archived article by Michael Pandolfini