Edney's goal in the third period gave the Crimson the spark it needed to overcome the Bobcats in the ECAC Semifinals. (Photo: Clarkson Athletics)
POTSDAM, N.Y. – Junior forward Miye D'Oench punched No. 4/4 Harvard's ticket to the ECAC Championship game with a goal 2:39 into overtime on Saturday versus No. 6/6 Quinnipiac, vaulting the Crimson to a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Bobcats in Cheel Arena. With the win over QU (26-8-3), Harvard (24-5-3) earns the right to duel with rival Cornell at 2 p.m. on Sunday with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.
D'Oench capped off an intense semifinal battle, one which featured the third 2-1 result between the two teams this season, all claimed by the Crimson. Sarah Edney's goal in the third period guaranteed the overtime period, as the newly minted ECAC's Best Defenseman provided the offensive spark Harvard needed down 1-0 for much of the evening.
In goal for Harvard, Emerance Maschmeyer stood on her head all night. QU fired away 31 shots, 30 of which the junior netminder turned aside, some of which came via highlight reel stops to keep the Bobcats at bay. The win is her 15th on the year and 43rd in her career, tying her with Cheryl Tate '84 for the seventh-most in program history.
As they had done the previous two times in the series this season, the Bobcats lit the lamp first. After being set up from Taryn Baumgardt and Nicole Brown, Emma Woods did the rest of the legwork. The sophomore worked around the cage and managed to squeak one underneath Maschmeyer's pads for the score at 6:16. It was the only shot out of the 13 she faced in the frame that found the back of the net.
Harvard, which struggled to get things going until the end of the first, kept up the track-meet of a game through the second. The quick period flew by, featuring just 15 shots on goal between the two clubs and whistles few and far between.
Into the final frame of regulation, the Crimson shifted gears and peppered the Bobcats consistently with pressure. Edney capitalized on swift movement of the puck just seven minutes in. Moving around the ice, Edney initially received a pass from Michelle Picard, before firing the first shot away. Bouncing around the boards, the puck was guided by Lexie Laing and Haley Mullins back to Edney. The senior ripped another shot into traffic, one which eventually skirted underneath Laden's pads to even things at 1-1.
With momentum carrying the Crimson through into the overtime session, more solid puck movement did the trick. Mary Parker stole the puck and worked around a defender in the offensive zone, feeding a quick pass to Samantha Reber along the halfwall. Reber then sent a snap shot from the circle towards the net, where D'Oench was awaiting. Laden and D'Oench got mixed up in front of the crease, but the puck eventually bounced up and trickled across the goal line for the winner.
With the win, Harvard moves on to play Ivy League rival Cornell in the ECAC Championship game Sunday at 2 p.m. The game, which determines who earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, will be aired live on ESPN3 in front of a national audience.