Women’s Hockey: Parker Returns to Her Old Home as Terriers Face Harvard

By: Max Wolpoff

BOSTON — Graduate student Mary Parker came to Boston University after sitting out most of her senior season in 2015-16 with an injury. In 104 games with the Harvard Crimson, she tallied 91 points (43 goals, 48 assists).

Now, she will get to face her former team for the first time at her old stomping grounds.

Since she only played five games in that ’15-16 season, she utilized her Graduate Student Transfer granted to athletes by the NCAA for circumstances like this. Through 13 games with her new team, Parker leads all scorers with 11 goals and is tied for the team lead in points at 19.

Parker is not the only notable player the Crimson gone from last season. Emmerance Maschmeyer graduated and now plays in net for the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, Miye D’Oench now plays for the New York Riveters in the Nationals Women’s Hockey League, and Jessica Harvey took an assistant coaching job with the SUNY-Potsdam Bears.

GAME INFORMATION:

Boston University @ Harvard, Bright-Landry Center, 7 p.m., November 22

STREAM: Game available on ESPN 3, http://www.espn.com/watchespn/

HARVARD CRIMSON: 1-5-0 overall, 1-4-0 ECAC, goals per game 1.50 (30th NCAA)

After defeating Dartmouth 5-1 in Hanover, New Hampshire, Harvard lost five in a row heading into this weekend. Three of Sydney Daniels’s team-leading four goals came in that win over the Big Green. Harvard has yet to get five goals combined since that season-opening victory.

On a road trip against Clarkson and St. Lawrence, the Crimson came away with nothing on offense.  The closest they came to winning was their 2-1 overtime loss to Princeton, BU’s next opponent, while managing 21 shots on goal.

Their last game against New Hampshire, the only team in the early half of the year that BU has also played, finished 3-2 in overtime. Two of the Wildcats’s three goals came via confusion around goaltender Molly Tissenbaum, including the overtime power play winner from Jonna Curtis.

Curtis scored twice on 10 shots on goal. Kat Hughes paced the Crimson with nine shots and got their second goal.

Of all the roster, only four players have scored goals (Daniels, Lexie Laing, Val Turgeon, and Hughes). Nine players have assists, six have not scored a goal. Forwards Daniels (22), Laing (21), and Audrey Warner (17) lead the Crimson in shots.

The team averages 5.5 penalties a game and are 84.8 percent on the penalty kill. Four of their six games, the Crimson took more than 10 minutes in penalties. Only the last two games against Quinnipiac and New Hampshire did they keep themselves under 10 minutes in the box.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY: 7-5-1 overall, 6-5-0 Hockey East, goals per game 3.85 (2nd NCAA)

Since being combined together during the Penn State series, the line of Nina Rodgers-Victoria Bach-Mary Parker has combined for 19 goals and 19 assists, the most of any line combination thus far — 17 goals coming even strength. Bach leads the team in shots on goal with 65 while Parker is second in shooting percentage at .244 percent efficiency.

The trio of Deziray De Sousa-Maddie Elia-Rebecca Leslie is paying dividends for each of them. De Sousa got her first goal with the new line Friday as part of the third period extravaganza. Elia is now on a three-game no penalties streak, coinciding with her being benched for the third period against Maine two weeks ago. She managed three assists in the Friday win. Leslie, after not scoring in all 11 previous games, got herself a hat trick Friday night, along with an assist.

Sammy Davis is back on the line she started the season on with Natasza Tarnowski and Samantha Sutherland. Sutherland has yet to score a goal this season without Davis on her line. Of Davis’s four goals, two have come as tip-ins on the power play and one came on the empty net against Merrimack on Saturday.

Hockey East named Breanna Scarpaci as its Rookie of the Week after scoring her first collegiate goal and then her first assist in the next game. The seventh defender was the last of BU’s D-corps to get an assist and is one of three defenders with a goal.

Of BU’s 50 goals, just five (10 percent) have come with an empty net on the other end of the ice. The only better offense in goals per game, Clarkson, has three of their 62 (4.8 percent) coming on the open cage.

From the blue line, every defender has at least one assist and no one has more than one goal. Co-captain Alexis Crossley leads the blueliners with six assists, classmate Sarah Steele has five, and Crossley’s defense partner Savannah Newton has four.

13 of BU’s 23 roster players have goals and everyone who has played more than 10 games has a point. Breanna Scarpaci scored the tie-breaking goal Friday and got a power play assist Saturday, while co-captain Natalie Flynn got her first point (assist) since the Hockey East semifinals against Northeastern in 2015. Flynn’s point drought ends at 51 games.

The Terriers power play is ranked 5th in the NCAA at 20.3 percent and they have scored a power play goal in five of the last eight games. Maddie Elia and Mary Parker are tied with three power play goals.

BU is coming off their first series sweep against Merrimack, including a season-high 50 shots in the Friday 7-3 victory. Five different players scored the nine goals in the series, featuring a hat-trick from Rebecca Leslie on Friday. Parker extended her point streak to six games and her goal streak to five.

Merrimack’s power play came in to the weekend at eighth in the NCAA and leaves tied with Quinnipiac for seventh. Two power play goals Friday, despite going zero-for-four Saturday, were enough to push the Warriors to 19.4 percent on the woman-advantage. BU’s penalty kill, 84.3 percent, is 21st in the country following last weekend.

Victoria Hanson started both games and finished her first collegiate shutout on Saturday afternoon from Agganis Arena. The senior is averaging 2.34 goals against in her six games as well as .925 save percentage, above her career average of .911 percent.

Boston University will be playing their third game out of five in a span of nine days. Harvard has been off for six days after the loss to New Hampshire.

Author: Max Wolpoff

Journalism student at Boston University ('19), lifelong fan of the Washington Capitals. Current broadcaster for the Boston Blades of the CWHL. If you ever need him during the week, Max is probably studying for something.

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