Women's Hockey Opens NCAA Tournament Play on Saturday
March 14, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The No. 4 women’s hockey team (26-6-3, 17-2-2 WHEA) will try to punch its ticket to a third consecutive Frozen Four appearance on Saturday in NCAA Quarterfinal action against No. 5 Harvard (24-6-3, 17-3-2 ECAC). The Eagles boast a 6-0-1 record versus ECAC opponents this season.
The Eagles dropped a 4-1 decision to Northeastern in the Hockey East semifinals last weekend in Hyannis. Emily Field tallied the lone Boston College goal as its comeback attempt from a three-goal deficit fell short. Earning the No. 4 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, BC looks to win its third consecutive NCAA Quarterfinal game at home. The Eagles defeated Minnesota 4-1 in the 2011 quarterfinals and upended St. Lawrence 6-3 in the quarterfinal round last season.
The winner on Saturday will advance to the Frozen Four in Minneapolis against either undefeated Minnesota or North Dakota.
BC IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
This is the fifth tournament appearance for the Eagles – earning berths in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. BC holds a 3-4 overall record in NCAA tournament play but boast a 2-0 record when hosting a quarterfinal game.
THE SEASON SERIES (BC leads 1-0-0)
Feb. 5 – Boston College 2, Harvard 1 (Box Score)
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard enters Saturday’s game coming off a 2-1 loss to Cornell in the ECAC Championship game last Sunday. Freshman goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer has received the bulk of the duty for the Crimson between the pipes recently – starting in 10 of the last 12 games dating back to the Feb. 5 loss to Boston College in the Beanpot. Harvard boasts the second best team defense in the nation – allowing a paltry 1.15 goals per game. Senior forward and captain Jillian Dempsey leads the way for the Crimson with 24 goals, 21 assists, and a +38 rating this season.
Tickets to Saturday’s game are $6 for adults, $4 for students/youths, and are available at the BC ticket office or online here.