Lee-J Mirasolo was hired as an assistant coach of the Harvard women’s hockey program in June of 2015 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in August of 2018. Mirasolo enters her seventh season with the program in 2021-22.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020-21 ice hockey season was canceled by the Ivy League.
During her fifth season with the Crimson in 2019-20, Mirasolo oversaw the defensive unit that backstopped Harvard to an 18-14-1 overall record and 15-6-1 ECAC Hockey mark. Under her guidance, senior, co-captain Ali Peper was named a finalist for ECAC Hockey Student Athlete of the Year, Honorable Mention All-Ivy, finished with a plus-12 rating and put up 34 blocked shots throughout the season. Peper ranked third on the team overall and third in the conference among blue liners with 14 assists. Additionally, two of Mirasolo’s blue liners, Kyra Willoughby and Kate Glover raked in 45-plus blocks during the 2019-20 campaign.
For the 2018-19 season, Mirasolo guided the offensive effort, helping the team to a 12-15-5 overall record with a 9-9-4 ECAC Hockey mark. In addition to pushing the number one team in the country to overtime in back-to-back games (Wisconsin), Mirasolo played an integral part in Harvard’s 4-1 victory over her alma mater, No. 7/7 Boston College, in the Beanpot semifinal at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
In 2017-18, Mirasolo helped the Crimson to a 13-16-2 overall record, with a 10-10-2 split in conference play. With eight first years and half as many seniors, multiple athletes received conference recognition. First year Becca Gilmore was named to the All-Ivy Second team, with sophomore Kat Hughes receiving All-Ivy Honorable Mention. First year blue liner Emma Buckles was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team, while 19 members of the Crimson were selected for the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team.
The 2015-16 campaign saw the Crimson post a 17-12-3 overall record, including a 12-7-3 mark in ECAC Hockey play. Playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules, Harvard tallied six wins over ranked opponents. Mirasolo worked primarily with the Crimson defense, which ended the season as the seventh-best in the country. Senior blue liner Michelle Picard anchored the group, helping lead the team to seven shutouts, while sophomore Chelsea Ziadie burst onto the scene as a top-line defensive player. Ziadie earned the Joe Bertagna Award, given annually to the program’s most improved player. The Crimson added five victories in 2017, with seniors Sydney Daniels and Briana Mastel bolstering a young roster to earn All-Ivy recognition.
Mirasolo came to Cambridge after spending four years as an assistant coach at Princeton, primarily working with the offense and the penalty-kill unit. During her tenure at Princeton, the Tigers continually improved each season and reached the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals three times. In 2014-15, Princeton had its best season since 2010-11, finishing the year at 15-14-2. The Tigers went 13-8-1 in ECAC Hockey and 7-2-1 in Ivy League play, missing out on a shared Ancient Eight title with Harvard by one point.
Prior to her time in Princeton, Mirasolo spent one year each at UMass Boston and Phillips Academy Andover following an impressive four-year playing career at Boston College. At BC, Mirasolo was a part of two Beanpot Championships, one NCAA tournament appearance, and a Frozen Four showing in 2007. She was named the Eagles’ captain for the 2007-08 campaign, and also was honored that season as BC’s Unsung Hero. Mirasolo also took home the team’s Community Service Award in 2005-06.
A native of Wakefield, Mass., Mirasolo graduated with a degree in communications in 2008. Mirasolo and her wife, Mollie Maguire, currently reside in Woburn, Mass with their son, Gavin.
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