Laing notched her fifth goal of the season (Jim Pierce).
BOSTON- Skating in the first round of the 39th annual Beanpot, at historic Matthews Arena, Harvard women's hockey fell to Northeastern, 4-1. The game coincided with the induction of John Dooley to the Beanpot Hall of Fame.
Junior Lexie Laing tallied her fifth goal of the season in the second frame, while senior Natasha Rachlin and freshman Kat Hughes earned assists on the play. Sydney Daniels contributed a game-high six shots against the Huskies. Senior Molly Tissenbaum registered 30 saves, including 17 in the second period.
The Huskies were able to get on the board within the first minute of the contest, a one-timer shot from the blue line from Halle Silva at 19:01. Harvard fought back in the coming minutes with three shots on goal, but none made it past the red line. Northeastern gained a two-goal advantage less than seven minutes later, with a goal from Paige Savage. The first period came to a close with eight stops from Tissenbaum.
The first minutes of the second frame included seven shots on net from Harvard. The Crimson notched a goal in the second frame with a slick backhander from Laing at the 8:49 mark to make the score 2-1. Laing weaved through the defense after a feed from Rachlin and Hughes, who recorded their third and sixth assists of the year, respectively. The Huskie's responded with a goal from Savage just six minutes later, making the score 3-1.
The Huskies capitalized on back-to-back Crimson penalties in the third frame, extending their lead to 4-1 with eight minutes to play.
The Crimson will face Boston University in the Beanpot consolation match Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m. at Matthews Arena, and will host No. 3/3 Clarkson and No. 5/5 St. Lawrence over the weekend at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, Feb. 3-4. Both games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.