Daniels tallied two goals for the fifth time in the last nine games (Gil Talbot).
ITHACA, N.Y. – Falling in overtime after overcoming a two-goal deficit, Harvard women's hockey dropped a heartbreaker to Cornell, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at Lynah Rink.
Junior Sydney Daniels tallied both of the Harvard (16-10-3, 12-7-3 ECAC Hockey) goals, netting a brace for the fifth time in nine outings. Senior Miye D'Oench assisted both goals, while junior Briana Mastel was also credited an assist. Senior Emerance Maschmeyer tallied 15 saves in goal.
Cornell (13-12-4, 9-9-4 ECAC Hockey) opened the scoring at 8:36 in the first period off the stick of Taylor Woods, assisted by Cassandra Poudrier and Lenka Serdar. Brianna Veerman gave the Big Red a 2-0 lead just under three minutes later with an unassisted tally.
Harvard pulled within one, 2-1, at 5:26 in the second period when Daniels netted her 17th goal of the season. Cornell turned the puck over to create a two-against-one break, and D'Oench slotted a perfect pass to Daniels in front of the crease for the score.
Daniels scored her second of the game off the feed from D'Oench and Mastel with 26.5 ticks left on the clock in the third period. Playing with an extra skater, Mastel played the puck into a fray in front of the net, where D'Oench tipped the puck to Daniels where she was able to finish. The goal was Daniels' 18th on the season, while D'Oench and Mastel earned their 21st and seventh assists, respectively. The game went to overtime knotted at 2-2.
The Crimson tallied the first shot of overtime after an attempt from D'Oench was saved, but the Big Red tallied the game-winning goal off the stick of Jess Brown 47 seconds into the extra period to claim the win.
Harvard will travel to No. 10/10 Colgate for the first round of the ECAC Hockey playoffs Friday-Sunday, Feb. 26-28. Official game times are still to be announced.