Parker notched her 11th goal of the season, but the Crimson fell to the Huskies in the semifinals of the Beanpot. (Photo courtesy: John Quackenbos)
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Sophomore forward Mary Parker lit the lamp twice for the No. 3/5 Harvard women's hockey team, but the Crimson (17-3-3, 13-2-2 ECAC) ultimately fell to crosstown rival Northeastern (13-12-2, 8-3-4 WHEA), 4-3, in the semifinals of the 36th annual Beanpot at Conte Forum on Tuesday.
Parker's pair of scores gave her four in the last three games for the Crimson and 11 total on the season. Samantha Reber notched a late goal in the third period -- her fifth of the year -- to cut the deficit to 4-3, but the contest was just out of reach. Elizabeth Parker, Sarah Edney, Brianna Mastel and Miye D'Oench all picked up assists on the evening in the defeat. In net, Emerance Maschmeyer drew the loss after allowing three goals, while freshman Brianna Laing allowed just her second goal all season, picking up a shift in the second period.
Northeastern opened up the scoring just six minutes into the contest when Colleen Murphy sniped a shot from the blue line, beating Maschmeyer just over the shoulder to put the Huskies up 1-0. The Crimson fought its way to the offensive zone, but the Huskies kept up the pressure and tallied another score at the 13-minute mark on a tic-tac-toe play, completed by Kelly Wallace.
Down 2-0 as the second started -- and down a skater after taking an early-period penalty -- Mary and Elizabeth Parker teamed up for the Crimson's third shorthanded goal of the season. After she won the faceoff in the defensive zone, Mary stormed up the ice with Elizabeth, who fed a well-timed pass to where Mary could snake it past Chloe Desjardins to cut the deficit in half.
About two minutes later, however, NU's Wallace tacked on her second goal of the day after centering the puck, which deflected off a skate into the net on a power play – just the fourth power play goal allowed all season by the Crimson. In a fateful twist of déjà vu, Hayley Masters recreated the centering-pass goal 10 minutes later to put NU up 4-1 heading into the third period.
Halfway through the game's final period, Parker notched her second tally of the day, finding the back of the net off a laser from the blue line by Edney. The score cut Northeastern's lead in half and gave the Crimson some momentum as the clock waned. With under five minutes to go, D'Oench kickstarted another Crimson score. The sophomore drove the puck up along the boards, feeding it to Mastel, who then fired a shot on target. But after a nice Desjardins save, Reber was there for the quick put-back to breathe new life into Harvard.
Though the late goal cut Northeastern's lead to 4-3, the Crimson wasn't able to convert its final chances of the evening as the Huskies escaped to advance to the Beanpot finals with their 4-3 win. Harvard returns to the ice in ECAC play with a trip up to Hanover to square off with travel partner Dartmouth on Friday.