Fresh off of a dominating performance in upstate New York against the Rochester Institute of Technology, the women’s hockey team looks to continue its winning ways on the season. After getting through back-to-back weekends battling on the road, the team finally makes the return home for a long homestand (not playing outside of Baker Rink again until Jan. 8). The Tigers will open up this stretch at home against their foes from the Ivies, the Harvard Crimson and the Dartmouth Big Green.
The Tigers (7-4-1 overall, 3-4-1 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) will certainly have their work cut out for them as they take on these two opponents — six of the top 7 in the league so far among the Ivies belong to either Harvard (8-2-1, 5-1-1) or Dartmouth (4-4-2, 4-1-2). Indeed, these two teams currently ranked 1st and 2nd in the Ivy League, with the host Tigers close behind at 3rd.
As the Tigers look to make a statement at home, expect to see continued strong play from freshman forward Karlie Lund. The rookie has dazzled on offensive and has gone on to lead her team in both goals and assists, with 6 and 7, respectively.
After a grueling weekend up north battling the University of Maine, the men’s hockey team will continue its journey away from Baker Rink, getting another crack at intra-league foes. The team will travel throughout New England, taking on Ivy League rivals Brown and Yale on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
The Tigers (2-8 overall, 1-5 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference), while not having gotten off to the most auspicious of starts, have the opportunity to capitalize against a team in a similar position. The Bears (2-4-3, 2-3-2) have yet to earn a victory at home. The Tigers, moreover, fought the Bears to a 2-2 tie in overtime the last time these two squads faced off in Providence. Indeed, each team looks to earn its first win in Ivy League play — the Tigers stand at 0-4 in their games among the Ancient 8 (or rather 6, since Columbia and Penn do not field D-I hockey teams), Brown at 0-3.
Against Yale, however, the Tigers look to face a mightier struggle. The Bulldogs (5-2-2, 3-1-2) have come out strong to start the season and rank second among the Ivies so far. The Tigers look to reverse a trend of unfavorable results against Yale, against whom they have not earned a victory since the 2008-09 season.