Harvard claimed its 14th Beanpot title on Tuesday after handing BC its first loss of the season. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The fourth-ranked Harvard women's hockey team upset No. 1 Boston College, 3-2, Tuesday night securing its 14th Beanpot Championship and handing the Eagles its first loss of the season along the way. The Crimson (19-4-2, 14-3-1 ECAC) used two second-period goals to overcome BC (27-1-1, 18-0-0 WHEA) and claim its first Beanpot since 2010, the last time Harvard served as Tournament host.
Junior netminder Emerance Maschmeyer stood on her head, recording 30 saves to earn the win. The Bruderheim, Alberta native was named the Beanpot MVP and Goaltender of the Tournament for her efforts over Harvard's two victories – wins over No. 6 Boston University and No. 1 BC. She stopped 30-of-32 shots versus the Eagles, while the Crimson scored three times on 17 shots.
Special teams played a major factor in the championship bout, as the Crimson connected on 1-of-5 power plays – after a five-minute BC major – while the Eagles were 0-for-7 on their power play all night. The seven kills was easily the most for Harvard all season in one contest.
Miye D'Oench picked up the game-winning goal in the second frame, burying a power play goal after a booming Sarah Edney shot. Mary Parker added her fourth goal in two games in the first period to draw the Crimson even with the Eagles in the first, while freshman Karly Heffernan deked around BC goaltender Katie Burt in the second stanza to make it 2-2 in the tense game.
Boston College took an early advantage, just 1:35 into the contest. After working along the boards, the Eagles fed the puck to Andie Anastos, who sent in a wrist shot to put the Eagles up 1-0. But Mary Parker knotted things up just under eight minutes later. Working along the half-boards, Lexie Laing found Heffernan at the top of the offensive zone. Heffernan sent in a shot, straight and narrow, which Burt steered aside with her pads, but Parker was there for the easy put-back to make it 1-1.
Into the second, Haley Skarupa put forth a nice effort to give BC a 2-1 lead at the 8:18 mark in the frame. After intercepting a Harvard pass, Skarupa sent in a snipe from the faceoff circle, besting Maschmeyer stick-side to give the Eagles the momentum.
Just over a minute later, however, Heffernan pulled the Crimson even with momentum. Again the Crimson did work along the boards to make things happen. Parker found Laing, who wrapped the puck around to her classmate in front of the crease. Making Burt make a move, Heffernan deked and flipped up the tying score over Burt's pads in front of the crease.
After Eagles captain Alex Carpenter was called for a five-minute boarding major, Edney sent a bomb in just wide of the net, getting things rolling. Grabbing ahold of the wide pass, Samantha Reber sent a pass through traffic, where Mary Parker got her stick on the puck to redirect it to D'Oench. D'Oench then laid down a slick shot to bury the puck on the power play to put Harvard up 3-2.
Down the stretch in the third period – one in which Maschmeyer picked up 12 saves – the Harvard defensemen won the contest. Josephine Pucci and her cohorts made block after block of the BC attackers, stifling any attempt BC had at evening things up. Time after time, the likes of Pucci, Michelle Picard, Marissa Gedman and Sarah Edney shut down the most potent offense in the country.
With the victory, Harvard closes out non-conference play with a trip to Colgate and Cornell this weekend.