Women’s Hockey Falls in Overtime to No. 9/9 Colgate, 3-2, in Third Game of ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals

Laing and Zarzecki provided the Crimson goals in the third game of the series (Billie Weiss).

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Skating in the longest game of the season for the Crimson, Harvard women's hockey dropped a hard-fought contest in overtime to No. 9/9 Colgate, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Starr Arena. With the result, the Crimson fell in the best-of-three series, 2-1.

Sophomore Lexie Laing and freshman Grace Zarzecki potted goals for the Crimson, and junior Briana Mastel and freshman Kaitlin Tse added a pair of assists, setting new career-bests for both defensemen. Senior Emerance Maschmeyer tallied 35 saves over 75 minutes of action, breaking the 30-save plateau for the 14th time this season.

Colgate struck first at 5:11 in the first period off a tipped goal from Megan Sullivan. Jessie Eldridge was credited an assist on the play.

Four minutes later, Laing evened the score, 1-1, with her sixth goal of the year from the edge of the crease. Mastel and Tse worked the puck around the point before throwing a pass to Laing for a backhanded goal past Ashlynne Rando.

At 12:58 in the first period Harvard took the lead, 2-1, when Zarzecki redirected a shot from Tse into the back of the mesh. Mastel threw the puck to Tse on the right wing for the initial attempt on goal, but Zarzecki was able to get a stick on it to pot her 10th score of the season. Tse and Mastel recorded their 10th and ninth assists of the year, respectively, and their second of the game.

Harvard outshot the Raiders in the second period, 17-10, led by four apiece from Laing and sophomore Nikki Friesen. Despite the edge in attempts at goal, Sullivan tipped home her second goal of the game to tie the score at 2-2 for Colgate. The score sent the game to overtime.

The Crimson had a number of chances to net the golden goal in overtime, led by a shot from Zarzecki that rattled the crossbar, but Colgate scored at 14:45 in the extra frame off the stick of Shea Labbe to win the game and series.

Harvard ended the season at 17-12-3, including a 12-7-3 mark in ECAC Hockey play.