Hillary Crowe led the Crimson with six shots on target on the evening. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 4/5 Harvard women's hockey team suffered its first loss since Nov. 1, snapping a lengthy 12-game unbeaten streak with a 2-0 loss to ECAC and Ivy League rival Yale. The Crimson (12-2-2, 8-2-1 ECAC) were shutout by the Bulldogs (6-10-1, 4-5-1 ECAC), losing at home for the first time this year.
The first period went to Yale after Jackie Raines beat Maschmeyer through the right side of the cage to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. The Crimson, however, wasn't without its chances. After a few shots on target throughout the period, Harvard peppered Jaime Leonoff with three straight shots in the crease, but the junior netminder kept the home team off the board.
The Bulldogs extended their lead midway through the second stanza with a snipe shot from the point by Kate Martini. After Harvard tried to clear it out of its own zone, Martini stole the puck and fired home the 2-0 difference-maker.
As the third period rolled around, the Crimson, which had been outshot 24-18 through the first 40 minutes, reeled off plenty of chances towards Leonoff, but nothing crossed the goal line for the Harvard skaters. The Bulldogs held off Harvard by the same 2-0 margin.
The Crimson returns to the ice next weekend with an ECAC trek to Hamilton and Ithaca, N.Y., to face conferencemates Colgate and Cornell on Friday and Saturday, respectively.