Kat Hughes ‘16 Earns NCAA First Star of the Week Honor

FARIBAULT, MINN. - Back-to-back game-winning goals by former Shattuck-St. Mary’s forward Kat Hughes ‘16 earned the current Harvard right-winger the NCAA First Star of the Week honor on Tuesday, February 13.

Hughes finished the weekend with five points total in the Crimson’s weekend contests against Union College and Rensselaer. The following statement was released by Harvard Athletics.

On Friday night against Union, Hughes first added an assist on line mate Becca Gilmore's goal to put the Crimson up 2-1 early in the third period. Just 1:08 later, Hughes tallied a goal of her own that would become the deciding factor in the 3-2 final score. The next day, the sophomore recorded her third three-point outing of the season on two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist against Rensselaer. The consecutive multi-point outings were her seventh and eighth of the season.

Hughes has quickly jumped to one of Harvard's most dangerous weapons on offense. Her 14 goals this season lead the team and are almost triple her total from last season. Eight of her scores have come in the third period. She ranks second on the team in points (25) and third in assists (11).

The sophomore is averaging 0.54 goals per game, a mark that ranks in the top 20 of all Division I players, and seventh in the conference.  Overall, the New York native sits 10th in the conference in goals (14) and 15th in points (25). Her four game-winning tallies is the fourth most in the league and the NCAA and she is one of just six ECAC players to net a hat trick this season. Hughes is in the midst of her fifth point streak of the season, having scored in Harvard's last three outings, a career high.