(photo credit Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Leading into a weekend series with the No. 1 team in the country, the Harvard women's hockey team (2-3-1) posted a convincing 7-3 win over Holy Cross (0-13-2) on Tuesday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Nine different skaters combined for 21 points on the seven goals. Senior captain Lexie Laing led the pack with four points while Kristin Della Rovere, Kat Hughes, Becca Gilmore, Keely Moy and Kaitlin Tse all posted multi-point efforts.
Kristin Della Rovere scored her first career goal while Kate Glover, Kaitlin Tse, Bradley Fusco and Kate Hallett contributed their first points of the 2018-19 season. Lindsay Reed registered 18 saves in net while evening her season record to 2-2-1.
A quiet opening period was shattered in a span of 1:30 when Bradley Fusco and Kat Hughes scored back-to-back goals putting the Crimson up 2-0 at 16:39. Harvard returned in the second to take a commanding lead, scoring four goals in the opening 6:30 of the frame. Kaitlin Tse initiated the scoring drive with a power-play tally at 0:48 followed just over a minute later by Kristin Della Rovere's first career goal in a Crimson jersey. Becca Gilmore continued the onslaught, sliding in a crease pass from Keely Moy to put Harvard up 5-0. The linemates would trade places as Moy recorded her first of the season with an assist from Gilmore at 6:30 of the middle frame.
Holy Cross failed to respond until 10:20 of the second period when the Crusaders screened in front to allow Victoria Young a shot from between the circles. On the man advantage early in the third, Carlie Magnier would cut the Crusaders' deficit with a score at 2:43. Continuing the pressure, Lexie Laing would notch her fourth point of the night with a rocket top shelf to seal the Crimson's score at seven. Holy Cross managed to knock in one more at 11:15 of the third, but it was not enough to get within striking distance of Harvard.
- Bradley Fusco and Kat Hughes scored their first goals of the season 1:30 apart.
- The top line of Kristin Della Rovere, Lexie Laing and Kat Hughes was responsible for the entirety of three goals this evening. The trio recorded a combined 10 points.
- Kristin Della Rovere scored her first career goal in a Crimson jersey.
- Six different Crimson players posted multi-point efforts while nine marked the scoresheet.
- Each squad converted once on the power play, Harvard having four opportunities to Holy Cross' five.
- Harvard led at the faceoff dot 34-15, Kate Hallett posting an 81.8 percent win rate (9/11)
- Harvard now leads the all-time series 2-1.
Harvard is set to clash with No. 1/1 Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24 at LaBahn Arena in Madison. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. CT on Friday and 8 p.m. CT on Saturday.