HAMILTON, N.Y. – After falling behind 4-2 to start the third period, the No. 5/6 Harvard women's hockey team found the back of the net three times in the final 10 minutes of action to sneak past Colgate. The Crimson's resiliency paid off as Harvard (13-2-2, 9-2-1 ECAC) grabbed two conference points from the Raiders (5-16-3, 2-9-0 ECAC) with the 5-4 win on Friday night, capped off by Hillary Crowe's game winner with under seven minutes to play.
Colgate wasted no time in trying to knock off the top-5 visitors, scoring just 51 seconds into the game. Katie Case came away with a loose puck in front of the net and was just able to beat Maschmeyer, setting the pace for the offensive onslaught.
Though the first period ended with the Raiders up just 1-0, the Crimson made its first mark shortly into the second. Harvard's second line, which combined for six points on the evening, got things rolling thanks to the double-trouble of the Parker sisters. Setting up her younger sister, Elizabeth Parker placed the puck perfectly for Mary Parker, who one-timed a shot past Ashlynne Rando to tie things up at 1-1 just a minute into the second.
Wasting no time, Hillary Crowe netted her first of the game sliding towards the net. After Samantha Reber sent one along the boards, Sydney Daniels fell back to the corner to pick up the puck before finding Crowe in the right circle. Crowe's sixth tally of the year beat Rando to give the Crimson its first lead of the game at 2-1.
After several minutes of pacing back and forth, Colgate appeared to deflate Harvard's momentum, evening the ledger off a Megan Wickens laser shot through traffic. Wickens snuck the puck around defenders and over Maschmeyer's reaching shoulder to knot things up at 2-2. The Raiders struck again midway through the period as Jocelyn Simpson came away with a goal in the midst of a scrum in front of Maschmeyer's net, giving the home squad a tenuous 3-2 advantage.
Coming out of the second intermission, Colgate appeared to knock Harvard even further off its heals with a goal three minutes into the final frame. Melissa Kueber made good on an errant clearing pass by the Crimson, stealing the puck and racing down the ice from the blue line for the unassisted score.
Facing a 4-2 deficit with less than a period left to play, Harvard stepped up to the challenge. Miye D'Oench got the Crimson rolling first, potting a goal of her own in the middle of a scrum, cutting the Raider lead to one goal. Elizabeth Parker buried one three minutes later, thanks to a feed from Mary off the faceoff.
With much of the momentum and a fresh start in the 4-4 tie, Hillary Crowe put the Crimson on top, coming through with the eventual game winner at the 13:52 mark, and completing the large come-from-behind victory.
Harvard will turnaround Saturday afternoon to play No. 3 Cornell in a 4 p.m. matchup as the Crimson looks to hand the Big Red its first conference loss of the year.