By Devora Slonim
After a split weekend series against the University of New Hampshire, Boston University women’s hockey (5-3-1, 4-3-0 HEA) will look for a win during their first of three games on the road as they face off against the Harvard Crimson (0-8-1, 0-8-1 ECAC).
The matchup between the Charles River rivalry teams is neck and neck, with the Terriers winning in their last meeting in the Women’s Beanpot consolation on Feb. 14, 2023. The final score of the game was 7-4 in favor of BU.
The Terriers have the edge over the Crimson coming into Tuesday’s contest. Harvard has been unable to generate offensive momentum, resulting in an average of one goal per game this season. The Crimson have yet to win a game so far and are hoping to set the pace by getting an early scoring opportunity.
In this game, BU will have an early opportunity to gain puck possession and find the back of the net. Coming into the first period, the Terrier offense needs to be sharp early in order to swing momentum their way.
Harvard will look towards their captain, senior forward Shannon Hollands, to finally land them in the win column. Hollands leads the Crimson with six points this season, and her presence on the ice is notable.
On the other hand, BU is on a winning streak, victorious in five out of the last six matchups. BU senior forward Lacey Martin is a player to watch as she continues to lead BU in points and goals this season. Martin recorded her first collegiate hat trick against Merrimack on Nov. 4, earning her the Hockey East Player of the Week.
Previous Hockey East Rookie of the Week sophomore forward Clara Yuhn is a crucial player in the Terriers’ offense, leading BU in assists and following closely behind Martin in points this season.
The anticipated rivalry matchup will begin on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Harvard’s Bright-Landry Hockey Center in Allston, Massachusetts. The contest will be available to stream on ESPN+.