Daniels scored her team-high seventh goal of the season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Skating at home for the first time since Nov. 26, Harvard women's hockey could not overcome an early deficit, falling to Rensselaer, 3-1, on Friday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Senior Sydney Daniels scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season for Harvard (1-12-2, 1-7-2 ECAC Hockey), while classmates Natasha Rachlin and Abbey Frazer earned assists. Freshman Beth Larcom got her third-career start in goal, making 23 saves.
The Crimson outshot the Engineers (8-14-1, 5-6-0 ECAC Hockey), 33-26, but Rensselaer hopped on the board first 44 seconds in after a miscommunication led to a goal. The Engineers tripled its advantage in the second period, scoring 44 seconds apart to go ahead 3-0.
Harvard pressed relentlessly in the third period, leading to a 14-2 shots advantage in the period. After multiple opportunities were saved by Rensselaer goaltender Lovisa Selander, Daniels put the Crimson on the board at 18:29 in the third after she tipped a shot from Frazer over the netminder's shoulder and into the back of the net. The assist was the third of the year for Frazer, while Rachlin, who started the sequence, picked up her second.
Harvard went empty net over the final 1:31, but could not equalize before the sound of the horn. The Crimson gets back at it on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. against Union. The game, along with the archive of tonight's action, will be available on the Ivy League Digital Network.