Maschmeyer and the Crimson improve to 2-0-0 (2-0-0 ECAC) after the thorough 4-0 win over Princeton. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer denied a career-high 44 shots en route to a well-rounded 4-0 victory over ECAC and Ivy League adversary, Princeton (1-1-0, 1-1-0 ECAC), at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center on Saturday afternoon. Though Maschmeyer and crew shone defensively, the Crimson (2-0-0, 2-0-0 ECAC) got help on the attack from Hillary Crowe with her pair of goals.
Perhaps the greatest strength for Harvard on the afternoon was its power play. The Crimson killed seven Tiger power plays, while converting three of four opportunities with the advantage. Through the first two contests, Harvard has connected on 62.5-percent of its power plays (5-8), while racking up a perfect 100-percent penalty kill average (11-11)
Samantha Reber struck first for the Crimson, notching the first of Harvard's three power play goals at the 9:50 mark. Reber slammed one home, with Crowe on the assist to put the home team up 1-0 midway through the first stanza. After the Tigers narrowly escaped another barrage Harvard pucks, Sarah Edney found the back of the net at 18:47 for the second tally after Mary Parker placed it well for the junior blue liner.
After Briana Mastel was booked for tripping at 20:00 to end the first, Miye D'Oench was sent off two minutes later for interference, keeping the Tigers on the attack. Princeton reeled off a barrage of shots towards Maschmeyer, but the netminder stood firm with the help of her defense. More back-and-forth play ensued until Crowe capitalized on yet another skater advantage, finding the back of the net with the help of Mastel and Reber to give Harvard a comfortable 3-0 lead in the waning minutes of the second.
With just under a minute left in the period, Princeton got perhaps its best opportunity for a score, but Maschmeyer came up big with a save after junior captain Marissa Gedman came up with an equally as important block to snare away the Tiger chance.
Both sides traded blows as the third period progressed, but Crowe broke the silence, flipping a shot over Newell's shoulder on a breakaway. D'Oench and Natasha Rachlin, who recorded her first career point with the helper, moved the puck nicely to set up Crowe's second tally, third in two games.
For all the grief Princeton gave Maschmeyer on the day, the sophomore didn't see a single shot in the last four minutes of the contest, thanks to the Harvard attack, which guided the Crimson to its 4-0 victory.
Harvard returns to the ice with a pair of contests on the road, as the Crimson will travel to Rensselear and Union in a week's time for two more ECAC showdowns.
Harvard improves to 2-0-0 for the third consecutive season … The Crimson are now 42-30-4 against the Tigers, outscoring Princeton 16-1 in the last three meetings … Emerance Maschmeyer set a new career high with 44 saves, besting her old mark of 34 set on Feb. 5, 2013 vs. Boston College … Hillary Crowe tallied two goals in a game for the second time in her career; the last was Feb. 4, 2012 vs. Princeton … Natasha Rachlin recorded an assist, the first point of her career.