March 15, 2003
Providence, RI - The Brown women's hockey team ended the 2002-03 season with a 10-3 loss to #1 Harvard on Saturday in the semifinal round of the 2003 ECAC JPMorgan Chase Hockey Championship at Brown's Meehan Auditorium. Harvard scored just 25 seconds into the game and never looked back. The Bears fought hard, keeping the game in reach through nearly 40 minutes of play but the Crimson went on to score five unanswered goals in the final 23 minutes to move on to the championship game tomorrow at noon. Seniors Cassie Turner and Kim Insalaco led Brown with two points each in the final games of their Brown careers. Senior Jennifer Botterill led the Crimson with six points on four goals and two assists.
Harvard spotted a 1-0 lead just 25 seconds into the game. Senior Tracy Catlin chipped the puck in an open corner of the net. The goal was her 11th of the season. Senior Jennifer Botterill and freshman Julie Chu earned assists on the play. Less then five minutes later, the Crimson took a 2-0 lead when Botterill tallied her first goal of the game. Sophomore Ashley Banfield and Chu recorded assists on the play.
Botterill gave Harvard a 3-0 lead at the 8:22 mark with her second goal of the game. Catlin and junior Angela Ruggiero tallied assists on the play. Brown cut the lead to two at the 15:32 mark when Insalaco scored the Bears first goal of the game. Freshman Karen Thatcher and Turner earned assists on the goal. Botterill struck again with just nine seconds left in the period, recording the hat trick in just one period of play. The goal was her 45th of the season. Chu and Ruggiero recorded the assists. The assist was Chu's third of the game.
The Bears quickly recovered in the opening minutes of the second period to cut the lead to two once again. Sophomore Katie Guay notched her eighth goal of the season on the play with Insalaco and Turner recording the assists for their second points of the game. Harvard pushed the lead back up to three at the 7:30 mark with a power play goal. Banfield tallied the goal with Catlin and Ruggiero recording the helpers, their second and third of the game respectively.
Brown kept the game in reach once again when freshman Keaton Zucker skated in on a breakaway, beating Harvard's Jessica Ruddock to make the score 5-3. The goal was her 11th of the season. Freshman Ashlee Drover made the outlet pass to Zucker for her sixth assist of the season. Harvard added one more goal before the end of the period, a shorthanded goal. Junior Lauren McAuliffe scored the goal with Ruggiero tallying the assists. The two teams both recorded 12 shots on goal in the period.
The Crimson broke the game open in the third and final period, scoring four goals to take the win 10-3. Ruggiero netted her first goal of the game just 31 seconds into the period. Senior Pamela Van Reesema and Chu tallied the assists. Chu knocked in her first goal of the game and fourth point of the game to give Harvard a 7-3 lead. The Crimson took a six goal lead at t the 14:37 mark when Botterill scored her fourth goal of the game, which was a power play goal. Catlin and Chu tallied the assists, their fourth and fifth points on the day. The Crimson sealed the victory 35 seconds later when sophomore Nicole Corriero netted Harvard's tenth goal. McAuliffe and Ingram recorded the assists.