March 14, 2003
Providence, RI -
Saturday Mar. 15-ECAC Semifinals
Game 1-12 noon-Brown vs. Harvard
Game 2-3 p.m.-Princeton vs. Dartmouth
Sunday Mar. 16-ECAC Championship
12 noon-Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
Brown vs. Harvard-The Match-Up: Harvard swept the regular season series 2-0. Both games were decided by just one goal. The Crimson have won 8 out of the last 10 meetings, but prior to that the Bears won 15 straight contests against Harvard. The last time the two teams met in the postseason was a 5-3 Crimson win in the semifinals of the 1999 AWCHA National Championship.
The Crimson enter the game with a 28-1-1 record with a 26 game winning streak. They have not lost a game since Nov. 17 when they lost at Minnesota 4-3. Senior Jennifer Botterill leads the nation with 42 goals and 60 assists for 102 points. She became the all-time leading scorer in men's or women's Division I history on Friday, scoring her 325th career point.
The Bears have won four of their last five games and currently stand at 14-13-4. Sophomore Jessica Link leads Brown with 20 goals and 19 assists for 39 points. Freshman Karen Thatcher has tallied ten points in the last five games and is tied for the team lead in assists with 22. She tallied the series-clinching goal on Sunday vs. St. Lawrence and thus was named the ECAC Rookie of the Week for the second straight week.
Senior goalkeeper Pam Dreyer came up big for the Bears in the quarterfinal series with the Saints. In three games Dreyer recorded 85 stops, including 32 in game 3. For her efforts, she was name the ECAC Goaltender of the Week.
Last season Harvard lost in the ECAC Semifinals to Dartmouth 4-2 while the Bears defeated St. Lawrence 3-1 and went on to win the 2002 ECAC Championship with a 4-3 overtime win against Dartmouth.