The Crimson looks to bounce back after the loss on Friday. (Elan Kawesch)
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The No. 7/7 Harvard women's hockey team battled No. 1/1 Boston College, but the Eagles (15-0-1, 9-0-0 WHEA) overpowered the Crimson (2-2-2, 2-1-1 ECAC), 10-2, on Friday afternoon in Conte Forum.
Michelle Picard and Hillary Crowe netted the two Harvard goals, while Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa paced the Eagles with six points apiece, adding two goals and four assists each. Emerance Maschmeyer picked up the decision for Harvard, turning aside 26 shots and yielding five scores, while her counterpart Katie Burt, picked up the win with 20 saves.
After giving up a goal to the Eagles just 25 seconds in, the Harvard defense buckled down to close out the first. Maschmeyer came up with 11 saves in the frame, all before Picard buried the tying goal to end the opening frame, 1-1.
Eventually, after Kate Leary gave the Eagles a 2-1 advantage, Crowe knotted things up at 2-2 with a nice play up the middle. Lyndsey Fry was able to chuck the puck up to Samantha Reber through the central alley across mid ice, before Reber found her linemate Crowe for a nifty one-timer in the slot.
But the Eagles went on to score eight in a row, including five more in that second period over a 13-minute span. The Harvard special teams put forth a solid effort, with plenty of good looks on the power play (0-for-5), while holding off the nation's best attack to just a single power play goal in four chances down the stretch.
After BC tallied three goals in the third, the Eagles were able to skate away with the 10-2 victory. Harvard looks to bounce back Saturday with another local rival as the Crimson heads to Matthews Arena to take on Northeastern at 2 p.m.