Maschmeyer, a freshman, fell to 7-2-1 on the year (photo Gil Talbot).
BOSTON – Emerance Maschmeyer made a career-high 34 saves and Mary Parker gave the No. 5 Harvard women's hockey team a third-period lead, but it was not enough as No. 2 Boston College scored twice in the last 12:38 of the Beanpot's first round game to win 2-1 at Matthews Arena. Harvard (17-3-2) dropped to 2-3 against ranked team this season, including a 2-1 record for Maschmeyer, while Boston College (21-4-2) advances to the Beanpot championship for the first time since 2011.
The 60 minutes between the top-five teams was tight throughout in what felt like a playoff-style atmosphere to anyone in the arena. The Crimson managed to outshoot the Eagles, 41-36, resulting in the team's first loss when gaining more chances than its opponent. Previously, Harvard had built a 16-0-2 record when taking more shots on goal.
The Crimson and BC played a scoreless first period, mainly due to the goaltending of Maschmeyer. The freshman made 12 saves in the stanza and minimized BC's second chances by controlling nearly every attempt sent her way. Harvard made Boston College's Corinne Boyles work for seven saves in the first.
The Crimson turned up the offensive pressure in the second frame, especially the first line and co-captain Jillian Dempsey. The senior, who took three shots in the first, put four fires between the second periods. Harvard had two of the games' best scoring chances with 8:15 and 0:13 left in the period that saw the Crimson put 17 shots on goal. Hillary Crowe had the first look that made Harvard appear destined for a 1-0 advantage. She received a pass from Kelsey Romatoski, who was standing near the left boards while at the blue line, streaking to the right post and the sophomore slid the puck towards a nearly empty net while Boyles hugged the opposite side. The BC netminder barely got her right leg pad to the ice in time to knock away Crowe's try. Later, Dempsey had nothing but ice between her and the goal from the blue line, but Boyles stuffed her end-of-the-period effort.
Parker finally broke through after the two teams played 44+ minutes in a 0-0 knot. She collected the puck deep in the left corner and centered to a slashing Gina McDonald. The puck rattled off sticks, blades and Boyles pad, as Parker followed her feed and converted for a rebound goal at the 4:52 mark. Boyles was scrambling on the ice and never had much of a chance on the play, but the Eagles answered 2:30 later.
Boston College's equalizer came after a tightly tucked pass between two Harvard defenders. BC's Emily Field found Dana Trivigno from the lower edge of the right circle to the lower edge of the left circle and the freshman's one-timer snuck over Maschmeyer, who was in the process of sliding back into position.
The Eagles' game-winner came with 3:48 remaining. Lexi Bender skated through the left side, sent a backhand pass from the goal-line extended and Taylor Wasylk was waiting to finish in front of the net.
Harvard will take on No. 3 Boston University next Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Beanpot consolation game. The Terriers were knocked off by Northeastern, 4-1, in tonight's second game.
Between the Beanpot contests, the Crimson take on Yale and Brown this weekend. The Friday night game against Yale is Harvard's first "White the Bright" event.
Harvard is 42-28 all-time in the Beanpot … The Crimson is 36-13-0 in the all-time series against Boston College, including a 14-9 mark in Beanpot matchups … Harvard was not penalized for an entire game for the first time since Jan. 22, 2011 in a 4-0 win over Union ... Emerance Maschmeyer made her third start against a ranked opponent this season, previously she downed then-No. 2 Cornell and then-No. 9 Northeastern by 3-1 scores in back-to-back games in November … Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, is five wins away from 400 for her career … This is Harvard's first loss when scoring first (16-1-2) … Jillian Dempsey remains one point away from breaking into the program's top ten in career points.