2015-16 Team-by-Team Previews: Rensselaer Engineers

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Head Coach: John Burke (13th Season)
2015-16 Captains: N/A

2014-15 Season Recap

Record: 7-23-4 (5-16-1 ECAC/9th place)
ECAC Postseason: Did not qualify

RPI started off its season last year with a trip out west, and dropped games to North Dakota and Bemidji State. The Engineers continued their nonconference against Vermont, and tied the Catamounts before losing to them on the second day of the series. They earned their first win of the season against UConn on Oct. 25, and went undefeated in that series with a tie the following day. Unfortunately, a six-game losing streak followed suit; Rensselaer began ECAC play with a loss to Harvard, and then lost to Dartmouth, Quinnipiac, and Princeton, and was swept by St. Cloud State.

The Engineers snapped the losing streak by earning a split in their series against RIT, and then won their first ECAC game of the year against Brown on Dec. 5. They opened up the new year with a win over Princeton, but over their next seven games, they earned just two positive results in ties against Providence and Union. Over their last nine games of the season after that, they won just three games, against Union, Brown, and Colgate.

At the team’s end-of-year banquet, Taylor Mahoney was given the Most Valuable Player award. Amanda Kimmerle was named the team’s Rookie of the Year, while Sara Till received the Bill Cahill Memorial Coach’s Award for the second-straight year. Mariana Walsh was named the Most Improved Player, Heidi Huhtamaki was given the Bob Conway Scholar-Athlete Award, and the Willie Stanton Award went to Ali Svoboda.

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2015-16 Team-by-Team Previews: Quinnipiac Bobcats

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Head Coach: Cassandra Turner (1st Season)
2015-16 Captains: Cydney Roesler (C), Kristen Tamberg (A), Emma Woods (A)

2014-15 Season Recap

Record: 26-9-3 (15-5-2 ECAC/3rd place)
ECAC Postseason: Conference semifinals; advanced to semifinals with quarterfinal series sweep over Princeton, eliminated by Harvard in ECAC semifinals
NCAA Tournament: Lost to Harvard in NCAA quarterfinals

Quinnipiac had an excellent start to the year, going undefeated until a 2-1 loss to Harvard on Dec. 6. Over that unbeaten stretch, the Bobcats were 13-0-3, and earned wins over Cornell, Princeton, and Clarkson twice, and tied St. Lawrence. The loss to the Crimson was a little bit of a sour way to end the year, but they picked it right back up, going on a seven-game win streak to start the 2015 calendar year, which featured wins against Princeton and a sweep over non-conference foe Robert Morris.

Nicole Kosta, Quinnipiac Bobcats (Quinnipiac Athletics)
Nicole Kosta, Quinnipiac Bobcats (Quinnipiac Athletics)

For the remainder of the regular season, however, the Bobcats did not post an above-.500 record, going 4-6-0 in their last 10 games. They beat Dartmouth, Colgate, Clarkson, and Brown, but fell to Boston University, Boston College, Harvard, Cornell, St. Lawrence, and Yale, and scored more than three goals only twice over that stretch. Quinnipiac backed into the postseason on that note, and responded with a big 7-0 victory over Princeton in game one of their ECAC quarterfinal series. They picked up the sweep in game two with a 2-0 win.

The Bobcats were ousted by Harvard in the next round in a 2-1 overtime loss, and met the Crimson again in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, falling decisively, 5-0. Besides that rout over the Tigers, Quinnipiac’s offense showed little life over the end of the season, and that proved to be a big problem for the team when it counted.

Still, the Bobcats had a lot to be proud of last season. Chelsea Laden set the school and conference records for shutouts with 16 on the season, and earned the Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year Award from the ECAC as well as New England Division I All-Star honors. Laden was also named to the All-ECAC Second Team, while forward Nicole Kosta placed on the All-ECAC Third Team, and Taylar Cianfarano was an ECAC All-Rookie Selection.

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2015-16 Team-by-Team Previews: Clarkson Golden Knights

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Head Coach: Matt Desrosiers (8th Season)
2015-16 Captains: Shannon MacAulay (C), Erin Ambrose (A), Renata Fast (A), Olivia Howe (A)

2014-15 Season Recap

Record: 24-11-3 (16-4-2 ECAC/T-1st place)
ECAC Postseason: Conference semifinals; advanced to ECAC semifinals with quarterfinal series win vs. Dartmouth, eliminated by Cornell in semifinals
NCAA Tournament: Eliminated by Boston College in NCAA quarterfinals

The first game of the 2014-15 season certainly made for an interesting start to the year as the defending national champions fell to ECAC rival St. Lawrence by a score of 5-3. The Golden Knights returned the favor in their home opener the next day, defeating the Saints, 2-1. A sweep over Providence followed suit, before Clarkson dropped a pair of games to Boston University at home. After a 3-3-0 start to the season, a 9-0 win over Syracuse on Oct. 24 sparked a seven-game unbeaten streak for the Golden Knights. They earned another win over St. Lawrence during that stretch, as well as a tie against Harvard.

They dropped a 1-0 decision to Quinnipiac next but headed into the Nutmeg Classic coming off of a win over Princeton. Clarkson escaped the Nutmeg semifinal game with a 2-1 overtime victory over UConn, but again fell to Quinnipiac in the championship game. They had a hard time handling Cornell’s offense the next weekend and found themselves on the wrong end of an 8-3 rout before defeating Colgate to close out their December slate.

Clarkson opened January with another win over the Raiders, and fared much better the second time against the Big Red, skating to a 1-1 tie with them. After picking up wins against Union and RPI, the team closed out its non-conference schedule with a series against Wisconsin but could not muster a win against the Badgers, tying them, 1-1, before falling, 4-0, in game two. An upset loss to Yale put the Golden Knights on a three-game winless skid, but they ended the season in better form, going 7-1-0 in their last eight games of the regular season. That lone loss came against the Bobcats again, but the team did secure wins over Harvard, St. Lawrence, and Princeton over that stretch.

In the ECAC Tournament, Clarkson started things off with a sweep over Dartmouth in the quarterfinals, defeating the Big Green 6-0 and 4-1. In their semifinal game against Cornell, their tournament was ended as they fell to the Big Red, 3-1. In the NCAA quarterfinals, their quest for a repeat championship was halted by Boston College, who skated away with the 5-1 victory.

Even with the loss of several key players from the season before, the Golden Knights still had lots of standout individual performances in 2014-15. Freshman Shea Tiley was named both the ECAC Goaltender of the Year and Rookie of the Year after a fantastic first campaign. Junior defender Renata Fast and classmate and forward Cayley Mercer were both named to the All-ECAC First Team along with Tiley, and fellow juniors Shannon MacAulay and Erin Ambrose collected All-ECAC Third Team honors. Along with Tiley, defenseman Savannah Harmon was selected to the ECAC All-Rookie Team, while head coach Matt Desrosiers was honored as the league’s Coach of the Year.

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2015-16 Team-by-Team Previews: Colgate Raiders

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Head Coach: Greg Fargo (4th Season)
2015-16 Captains: Katelyn Parker (C), Cat Quirion (C), Annika Zalewski (C)

2014-15 Season Recap

Record: 7-25-2 (4-16-2 ECAC/10th place)
ECAC Postseason: Did not qualify

Colgate was looking to make a splash last season with some skilled newcomers aboard, and they put up a decent fight in their first few games. The Raiders fell to Syracuse to start the year, but then split with Robert Morris and came away with a win against Providence in a pair of games against the Friars and UConn. The team had a difficult time after that as it began ECAC competition, losing its next five games, including to conference foes Quinnipiac, Princeton, and Yale. A 4-3 overtime win over Brown snapped the losing streak.

The Raiders failed to build any momentum from that, however, and fell into another losing streak, which this time lasted seven games. They were swept by Mercyhurst and Vermont in non-conference action, and also lost to Clarkson, St. Lawrence, and Cornell. Colgate then won two of its next four games, taking down Syracuse and Brown and losing to Clarkson and St. Lawrence again.

After dropping their next two to Yale and Harvard, the Raiders then put together a three-game unbeaten streak to close out January, beating Dartmouth and Rensselaer and tying with Union. Unfortunately after that, the team fell into another slide and could not pull out another win for the rest of the season. They lost six of their last seven games of 2014-15, earning a 2-2 tie against Union in their second-to-last contest of the year.

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2015-16 Team-by-Team Previews: St. Lawrence Saints

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Head Coach: Chris Wells (8th Season)
2015-16 Captains: Unannounced

2014-15 Season Recap

Record: 19-12-5 (13-5-4 ECAC/5th place)
ECAC Postseason: Conference quarterfinals; swept by Cornell in first round of ECAC playoffs

The Saints opened up the 2014-15 campaign with a home-and-home series against Clarkson, and promptly defeated the defending national champions in their first night of action before settling for the split the next day. They then entered a tough series with Boston College, and managed to keep both contests low-scoring as they lost, 2-1, and then tied the Eagles, 2-2. A sweep over Robert Morris followed, and St. Lawrence then faltered a bit on a four-game road trip, losing three of those games but coming away with the win against Yale.

The rest of the 2014 calendar year went pretty well for the Saints, as they then posted a 4-1-1 record through Dec. 6, going unbeaten against Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Quinnipiac, and Colgate before falling to Cornell. The squad headed west to start 2015, and picked up a win over Minnesota State before getting swept by eventual national champion Minnesota. A 3-3 tie against the Big Red sparked an eight-game unbeaten streak, highlighted by five conference wins and a sweep over Mercyhurst. In their last seven games of the regular season, St. Lawrence failed to beat Clarkson and Princeton and had to settle for a tie with Union, but secured wins over Princeton and Dartmouth and a draw against Harvard.

Their fifth-place finish in the ECAC standings pitted the Saints against the fourth-seeded Big Red, and Cornell came out the victors after earning a 3-1 win and a 3-2 win. Senior goaltender Carmen MacDonald ended her career as the program’s all-time saves leader, and three Saints earned All-ECAC recognition at the end of the year. Defender Amanda Boulier and forward Brooke Webster both earned All-ECAC Third Team nods, and forward Kennedy Marchment was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team for her efforts.

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2015-16 Team-by-Team Previews: Princeton Tigers

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Head Coach: Jeff Kampersal (20th Season)
2015-16 Captains: Cristin Shanahan (C), Molly Contini (A), Jaimie McDonnell (A)

2014-15 Season Recap

Record: 15-14-2 (13-8-1 ECAC/6th place)
ECAC Postseason: Conference quarterfinals; swept by Quinnipiac in the first round of the ECAC playoffs

The Tigers got off to an excellent start to the season, going 7-1-1 in their first nine games and earning a win over Cornell in that mix. After two overtime wins against Union and RPI, their slate got harder, and they dropped their next six games to St. Lawrence, Clarkson, Quinnipiac, Minnesota twice, and Harvard. They salvaged a win against Dartmouth on Dec. 6 to exit the 2014 calendar year on a positive note, but lost to RPI right away to start the new year.

Princeton fared better throughout the rest of January, going 4-2-1 after that loss, battling Boston College hard in a 4-2 defeat, and beating Harvard 1-0 on Jan. 31. The next weekend, the Tigers picked up wins over Colgate and Cornell, their second victory of the season over the Big Red. In their final four regular season games, they defeated St. Lawrence and Brown, and lost by one goal in contests against Clarkson and Yale. After dropping 7-0 and 2-0 decisions to Quinnipiac in the ECAC quarterfinals, Princeton’s 2014-15 campaign came to a close.

Individually, the Tigers placed athletes on All-ECAC Teams for the first time since 2012. Forward Molly Contini and defender Kelsey Koelzer were both named to the conference’s Second Team. Head coach Jeff Kampersal was named the Ivy League’s inaugural Coach of the Year Award winner, and Koelzer was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy First Team. Forward Jaimie McDonnell collected Second Team All-Ivy honors, as did goaltender Kimberly Newell, while Contini was named an Honorable Mention All-Ivy honoree.

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2015-16 Team-by-Team Previews: Harvard Crimson

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Head Coach: Katey Stone (22nd Season)
2015-16 Captains: Michelle Picard (C), Emerance Maschmeyer (C)

2014-15 Season Recap

Record: 27-6-3 (16-4-2 ECAC/tied for 1st place)
ECAC Postseason: ECAC Tournament Champions; advanced to ECAC semifinals with quarterfinal series win vs. Yale, defeated Quinnipiac in semifinals, and defeated Cornell in championship game
NCAA Tournament: National runner-ups; advanced to Frozen Four with win vs. Quinnipiac, defeated Boston College to advance to national championship game, defeated by Minnesota for the national title

Though the Crimson fell just short of a national title in 2015, it was a banner year anyways for the club, and the best season they’ve had in several years. With 27 wins, they posted their best record since going 32-2-0 in 2007-08.

After two quick wins against RPI and Union to start the year, Harvard soon found itself fighting an uphill battle, going winless in its next four, highlighted by an emphatic 10-2 loss to Boston College. That proved to be a turning point for the team, as the Crimson went on a tear afterwards, putting together a 10-game win streak in which they outscored opponents 45-10. After dropping a decision to Dartmouth on Jan. 17, they earned wins against Cornell twice, Quinnipiac, and Boston University during another big 9-1-1 stretch of play. In the midst of those 10 games came one of the biggest wins of the season, marking a full turnaround from that rout at the hands of the Eagles in November. Harvard handed Boston College its first loss of the season on Feb. 10, defeating BC 3-2 to win the Beanpot championship.

The Crimson suffered a 1-0 loss to Clarkson on the last day of the regular season, Senior Day for the team, but bounced back right away with a sweep over Yale in the following weekend’s ECAC quarterfinal series. Miye D’Oench scored the overtime winner against Quinnipaic in the semifinals to help the squad reach the ECAC title game, where they scored five straight third-period goals to defeat Cornell, 7-3.

With the ECAC crown already in hand, Harvard took down Quinnipiac again in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, this time by a score of 5-0. At the Frozen Four in Minneapolis, Minn., they upset Boston College for the second time, advancing to the national championship game with a 2-1 win over the Eagles. They couldn’t do enough to power past the home side, however, losing the title match-up to Minnesota, 4-1.

It was quite the year individually for the Crimson as well. Senior defenseman Sarah Edney was named a Second Team All-American, as well as the ECAC’s Best Defenseman. Junior Mary Parker was named to the All-ECAC Second Team and the All-Ivy League First Team, while goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer picked up Third Team All-ECAC and First Team All-Ivy honors. Forward Lexie Laing was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team, defender Michelle Picard was selected to the All-Ivy Second Team, and forward Sydney Daniels collected All-Ivy Honorable Mention honors. Edney, Maschmeyer, and Parker also earned New England Division I All-Star nods.

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