Parker recorded her first ever hat trick on Saturday for the Crimson. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior forward Mary Parker registered her first career hat trick, guiding the No. 4/4 Harvard women's hockey team past Brown, 7-1, on Saturday afternoon. The Crimson moves to 18-4-2 (14-3-1 ECAC) with its third win in a row, while the Bears drop to 5-20-0 (2-16-0 ECAC) after dropping their fifth consecutive.
Aside from Parker's first-career hat trick, freshman Karly Heffernan found the back of the net twice, and dished out two assists, while junior Miye D'Oench scored twice for the second night in a row to round out the Harvard goal scorers. In total, 10 Crimson found their names on the score sheet, including three assists from Lexie Laing.
In net, Brianna Laing picked up her second win in as many days with a 11-save effort, while Molly Tissenbaum filled in well during the third period, stopping both of the shots she saw; a testament to the forceful defensemen in front of the net to keep Brown out of the offensive zone.
Natasha Rachlin kick-started the initial scoring, sending in a booming shot towards net, which bounced off of Julianne Landry's pads. From there, Parker stabbed at the puck, eventually sneaking it past Landry for the score at 2:01. Just 51 seconds later, D'Oench added to the lead with a redirect in front of the crease. Samantha Reber fired a shot from near the blue line, but D'Oench got her stick down just in time to make it 2-0. But Brown cut into the lead with just 48 seconds left as Janice Yang ripped a snap shot just past Laing's pads for the score.
Heffernan got the second period rolling – a four-score period for the Crimson – at the 2:34 mark. Lexie Laing sent a long pass up center ice from the corner in the defensive zone, right to Parker, who did well to find Heffernan down low for the score. Then the Crimson used a flurry of goals to put things away. After D'Oench redirected another shot into the back of the net – this time from Sarah Edney – Parker tallied two goals within 36 seconds. Heffernan assisted on both goals, finding Parker in front both times. Chelsea Ziadie registered her first point as well, as she skated along the boards before finding Heffernan early.
After Parker gave Harvard a 6-1 lead into the third, Heffernan found the back of the net again, registering her fourth point of the game with a score down low. After Laing won the faceoff, the puck found its way to Josephine Pucci; Pucci arced from the boards to the central ally, and ripped a shot from the blue line. Heffernan was there to put her stick in the right spot at the right time, as her goal gave the Crimson its final 7-1 margin.
With win, Harvard looks ahead to the Beanpot championship game versus No. 1 Boston College on Tuesday.