CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Mary Parker scored her 12th goal of the season, and classmate Emerance Maschmeyer made 37 saves against one of the nation's premier attacks, but the No. 6/6 Harvard women's hockey team fell to No. 5/5 Clarkson in a thrilling, 2-1 contest at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center on Friday night.
It was an up-and-down-the-ice track meet between the pair of top-10 teams, but the Golden Knights (22-4-5, 13-2-4 ECAC) took an early lead over the Crimson (19-4-3, 14-3-2 ECAC) in the first period. Shannon MacAulay was able to beat Maschmeyer on a tricky play out in front of the crease, after receiving a well-timed pass from Christine Lambert to make it 1-0 in CU's favor just 5:14 into the contest.
But the Crimson never backed down and Parker eventually evened the ledger with just 2.4 seconds remaining in the period. After junior Hillary Crowe guided the puck off the boards to classmate Marissa Gedman, the captain made a beautiful pass to find Parker who was crashing the net. Parker was able to sneak the puck through traffic and over the goal line to tie things up at 1-1 into the first intermission.
A clean second period, one which featured 11 shots for Clarkson and nine for Harvard and no penalties, pushed the two into a 1-1 third period. Both had chances, but each goalie was equal to the challenges presented.
Into the third, the same pace of play continued, featuring bouts of physical play and finesse passing, each side swapping possession in each other's zones. The Crimson had a couple of great looks from junior defender Sarah Edney as time was waning, but it was the Knights who capitalized on one of their 15 shots in the frame. Once again it was MacAulay, but this time the senior deflected an Erin Ambrose shot from the blue line into the back of the net. The score, coming at 14:43, put the Knights up 2-1.
Harvard had a couple more chances, including a terrific effort from Dylanne Crugnale right in front of the crease as the sophomore beat much of the CU defense to the net, but to no avail. The Knights skated away with the conference win, evening the ECAC standings.
The Crimson will return to the ice on Saturday in an attempt to stay in the race to host the conference tournament's semifinals and finals. Harvard will play host to St. Lawrence at 4 p.m. for Senior Day.